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Special three year   anniversary 9-11 edition


Blasi on Board Brings Brightness!


President Bush's inaugural address focuses on freedom, friendship, and faith!


Pop singer Michael Jackson acquitted of all 10 counts!




'Driven', 'Proven' and 'Results Matter' slates sweep SGB election!

Endorsing the fabulous five for Student Government Board (SGB) elections on Nov 17!


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Kerry for a weaker America: Running for president, they call him Kerry!


PSelect-cision 2004 asks: "What are issues that are most important to you that you are basing your vote on and why?"


PSelect-cision 2004 asks 40 students, "Which presidential candidate will best lead this country and why?"


Kerry for DRAFT which Bush is against!


Trial advocate Edwards could not defend Kerry against charges!


Who cares for the the 2nd victim!


Republicans are the political party for African-Americans and people of different ethnicities!

Answering, "Voting for neither candidate of a major political party is going to bring us closer to God."




Carnegie Library corrupts the morals of a minor!


SGB and Rainbow Alliance’s view of homosexuality is not held by all!


Juveniles escape of death penalty could influence abortion decisions.


FDA should continue to ban gay sperm and ignore editorials opposing them!




Archives of Daily Devotionals Delivers Dosage!


Christian groups seek to provide haven for incoming students!


Boston Red Sox ace Curt Schilling knows all about spiritual strikeouts!


Vote for the perfect candidate 24-7!




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Rebuttal to Daniel Masny's Feb 03,05 Pitt News column




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"Golf’s New 'Sultan of Swat' Victorious Again"

There’s a New 'Berg' in the ‘Burgh.'


Three Panther fans weather the floods at 6:30 a.m.

Steelers Open Season with Home Victory

Pitt's Track and Field could go the distance!


Pittsburgh Steelers come back with rookie and backup players!


Deja Vu for the Steelers




Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith




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My Kiss of a Lifetime hopes to be special!


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In celebration of Valentine's Day, the top 25-1 responses to 'Love is....'


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Acrostic Poem for Mother's Day!


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Demystifying Dan Brown’s Delusional Deceptive Da Vinci Code, Part II: Jesus & Mary Magdalene"

By Ramesh C.Reddy
Pittsburgh Standard

Monday, July 10, 2006

The Da Vinci Code novel and movie is packed with lies that are presented as fact. Each day, every false statement, heresy, or theological misstatement in the novel or movie, will be demystified with evidence. There are more than 108 lies in the Da Vinci Code that Brown wants people to believe as fact in a fictional novel. My job will be to expose the lies and present the truth. We will be looking at LIE # 2 today.

LIE #2: “The marriage of Jesus and Mary Magdalene is part of the historical record.” (p. 265)

Dan Brown wants you to believe that the marriage of Jesus and Mary Magdalene is part of the historical record.

But is it?

Or is it a delusion of a man whose writings in the Da Vinci code are not only delusional but deceptive?

Brown does write a fictional novel so people should not care whatever is presented in the novel, right? WRONG!

It is categorized as a fictional novel but he uses names, places, and organizations which are part of the historical record and attributes falsity to them. Those that do not know their history when they see names like Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Priory of Sion, etc will think everything he writes about them is true but it is not!

Today, we are going to look at his lie regarding Jesus’ marriage to Mary Magdalene which is supposed to be part of the historical record according to Brown.


There is no evidence in any first-century record that indicates a sexual or marital relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene existed.

Jesus lived on the earth until 33 A.D.  If Jesus was married, people would have known about it. Even if followers of Christ wanted to keep a secret because they did not want anyone to know Jesus was married, there would have been others who did not follow Christ, who could have written about it or kept a record of it. Yet, there is no historical record of it from secular historians too!

Let us think about it logically from a news reporter point of view. A reporter loves to publish a story especially a story that would have made top headlines. Jesus’ marriage to Mary Magdalene would have made those headlines. Even if Christians wanted to keep a lid on it, this kind of story would have leaked especially by people who did not believe in Jesus. This however did not happen because the incident never happened and was not true regarding what Dan Brown states. It makes a deceptive intriguing novel to base it on that premise. First of all if this was not a premise of the novel, it would not have made money nor been so controversial.


I shared with you that there is no historical evidence to show Jesus’ marriage to Mary Magdalene and now I want to share with you my own reasoning from a news reporters point of view why this could not have happened.

To share my reasoning with you, the premise that Jesus Christ is divine has to be accepted. Jesus’ divinity was addressed last week! Then, all the reasoning should be followed to its conclusion to show why I believe it could not have been possible for Jesus to have been married to Mary Magdalene.

I believe Jesus is divine who became God-incarnate and lived on the earth for 33 years having the characteristics of divinity and humanity! In His humanity, He died on the cross to save sinners because He alone lived a life without sin and had no sin. In His divinity, He knew He alone could save humanity because He alone was perfect. Only His cleansing precious blood could wipe away the sins of all those who came to Him to receive forgiveness for the remission of their sins. Jesus’ blood was pure and not contaminated.

Let us look at some of these questions:

What happens to blood that becomes contaminated?
It is not pure anymore!

What happens when to people marry each other?
If a marriage occurs then they become one and God’s commandment is to procreate after marriage!

Who is Jesus?
Jesus is holy and perfect!

Who is Mary Magdalene?
Mary Magdalene was a sinner from whom Jesus cast “seven demons”.

Why cannot good works get us into heaven?
Heaven is a pure place and God in His holiness cannot allow sin to enter His presence. If sin cannot be allowed into the presence of God, then a human being who has a sinful nature cannot be allowed into Heaven. Since all human beings have a sinful nature because they have not been able to keep all the Ten Commandments, they cannot be accepted into Heaven because of God’s Holiness.

Is there hope yet for anyone?
The hope lies in the divinity and humanity of Jesus Christ. In His divinity, Jesus decided to give His life for humanity. In His humanity, Jesus went to the cross and shed His blood on the cross to save humanity. It is His blood that became the antidote to cleanse people of their sin and for God to see them Holy in His sight. This is because of what Jesus Christ did for them and their acceptance to be cleansed by the precious blood of Jesus. For only His blood has the power to cleanse humanity of their sin. Now when God looks at a person, He sees the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ covering them so His judgment passes over them. They are given entrance to heaven because God sees Christ’s righteousness through them. So, they can be saved!  It is because of the pure cleansing blood of Jesus Christ.

We have already seen that no good works of human beings can get them into heaven because for all the good works human beings do, they have also done bad works. Good works do not nullify the bad works.

What happens when a pure glass of water has a drop of cyanide put in?

It is not pure anymore. It does not matter if the water is 99.9% pure if there is a 0.1% of cyanide in it. That is another way to look at our lives in the sight of God. Even if we think we are 99.9% but have that 0.1% sin in our lives, we are not pure to have access to Heaven. How let is look at the life of Mary Magdalene.

Mary Magdalene had seven demons in her which Jesus cast out. We are not told why she was demon possessed except that Jesus rescued her and that she followed Jesus.

Dan Brown wants you to believe that Jesus now decided to marry a person whom he had cast ‘seven demons’ out of her. Please! She was a follower of Jesus Christ but she in no way was perfect. She was a sinner. Jesus is perfect.

If Jesus who is divine married someone who was a sinner, what would happen?

Remember, Jesus gave a sermon regarding marriage and how man and woman who are married become one. So, if Jesus had married Mary Magdalene then there would have been a mixing of the divine with a sinner.  This cannot happen. This is my reasoning.


I believe the Bible is the Word of God, not the Bible becomes the Word of God (as Liberal theologians believe) nor do I believe the Bible contains the Word of God (Liberal theologians believe).  Those who believe the Bible becomes the Word of God base it on subjectivity and agreeability. If they are reading the Bible and a revelation comes to them then to them it has become the Word of God. Those who believe the Bible contains the Word of God, do not believe in the entire authority and inerrancy of Scripture. Rather, they believe if man cannot agree on some passage, etc then that passage etc cannot be the Word of God. An example is the sin of homosexuality. Whatever is agreeable, to them contains the Word of God and what is not is not the Word of God. Those who believe the Bible is the Word of God take the authority and inerrancy of Scripture and base their lives on breathe in bible live eternally (B.I.B.L.E)

I believe the Bible is the Word of God. Based on the Bible, I intend to show that if we reason through the Scriptures, Jesus could not have been married.

Jesus replied. "But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.' 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." (Mark 10:6-9)

Jesus is talking about man and woman becoming one in the confines of marriage. If Jesus married Mary Magdalene, they would have become one flesh. We saw earlier what the problems with that would have been. Jesus was not just a man to decide to marry. Jesus lived as a human being with the characteristics of divinity. But, the life of Jesus was lived so one day He could save humanity for only He could with His precious cleansing blood. Jesus knew he was going to die and become a sacrificial Lamb of God for the world. The time Jesus had was spent mostly with his disciples teaching them, with the sick to whom he preached and also healed, and doing ministry about the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus did not want to entangle himself with the things of the world and get distracted from His mission.

“But he continued, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.” (John 8:23, NIV)

“I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father." (John 16:28, NIV)

“I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one.” (John 17:11, NIV)

Jesus’ oneness was with the Father as His prayer states and not with Mary Magdalene.

If Jesus were married to Mary Magdalene, then when He was crucified, he would have told John to take care of his wife too but all we know is that Jesus told John to take care of his mother.

“Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son," and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. (John 19:25-27, NIV)

After preaching in the synagogue and healing a demon possessed man in the synagogue, Jesus went over to Peter and Andrew’s house where Peter’s mother-in-law was sick. Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law. If Jesus were married, Jesus would have needed a place to live with his wife. Since this was not his world to live in but His mission was to save souls, He had come to seek and save the lost, not being married.

“Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." (Mark 8:20, NIV)

If Jesus was married, he would have definitely had a place to live with his wife but Mary Magdalene was not his bride. However, Jesus does talk about a bride which will be addressed later.

Jesus answered, "How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast.” (Mark 2:20, NIV)

“You yourselves can testify that I said, 'I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.' The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.” (John3:28-30, NIV)

 “Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.” (Revelation 19:7, NIV)

 “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” (Revelation 21:2, NIV)

The bridegroom is Jesus Christ and His bride is the church, followers of Jesus Christ, by His Way, by His Truth, and by His Life! The bride is not Mary Magdalene. Jesus saw the church as His bride and His mission has been to be the perfect bridegroom!

 As the movie DaVinci Code opened across the theaters on May 19, 2006, which speaks against the church and most importantly degrades the Name of Jesus Christ, we need to make ourselves available to speak the truth to the falsity presented in the movie and the novel. If you plan to watch the movie or have read the book and have questions or your faith seems to be shaken, please email me or give me a call at 412-720-4579 so we can discuss the false claims in the book that are presented as fact even though the book itself and the movie is presented as fiction. May the Lord bless you and guide you!

If you need anyone to talk to, pray with, or study the Bible with this Spring or Summer of 2006, you can email me at reddy4hisglory2004@yahoo.com or call me at 412-720-4579. Please do not hesitate. One-one Bible studies can be so powerful to because the Holy Spirit is still in the midst.

"This is my work and I can do it only because Christ's mighty energy is at work within me." (Colossians 1:29, TLB)

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