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im so out of shape! Sep. 22nd, 2006 @ 09:42 pm
well i just had my secand soccer game it was fun...we lost but it was fun...my mustles hurt...i tryed the best i could so i have no regreats...WE SHOULD HAVE WON THOUGH...we did great the first half...then fell apart...well on a more personal note...well there is this girl that likes me at school...and i think i like her too...I dont want to do anything yet out of respect for Eva...oh well i can wait.

win,win situation Aug. 21st, 2006 @ 03:07 am
I've noticed your design
Cause I'm not blind
I'm like a cigarette
Burning burning every night
But there's no ash that falls
There's only telephone calls in the afternoon
Stretching through a thousand walls

So I'll pray
For words to say
To make these miles disappear

If you can't sleep alone (If you can't sleep alone)
I'm better off
I'm better off
If you can't sleep alone

If you're measuring with time
In seconds or in lifetimes
There's no difference
It's constantly just passing by
But there's nothing at all
No valium or slow songs
To relax my view
Just you, maybe your new perfume

So I'll pray
For words to say
To make these miles disappear

If you can't sleep alone (if you can't sleep alone)
I'm better off
I'm better off
If you can't hear the song (if you can't hear the song)
Then turn it off
Then turn if off
If you cast that first stone
Then throw them all
Then throw them all

I start to sleep but it's not over
The second hand is moving slower now
I'd take it all back
To start over again
Just between the rock and paper
The scissors cut in so much deeper
I'd take it all back
To start over again

safty in the dark Jul. 25th, 2006 @ 04:30 am
There's nothing I can say to build these bridges back
Against the tides that washed them away
The life has left this room
Like a thousand fires gone black against the sky and scarlet moon
The smoke is in the air, choking out the sun
It's rising in the air, I can't see
And I will find you there, somewhere in the dark
Buried in a place between dead and broken hearts
There's safety in the darkness, there's safty in the dark
I have left these shores to face the tempest night
That stirs the stars against the waters with its storms
The sirens sing their song
It's like a thousand hands that pull me down and break the course I travel on
The ocean fills my lungs, drowning out the sun
It's rising in my lungs, I can't breathe
I close my eyes to see the light that's leading me

hmm Jun. 20th, 2006 @ 11:18 pm
well i dont know what to write so i will write what ever comes to mind. well life is pritty good i cant complain. I might not be going to Holt next year.Its just not working. Home work should prepare you for the test not the test prepare you for the homework! oh well im geting bored there so maybe a chainge in senery will be nice. Pluse some people might be happy im leaveing who knows. Well c ya
Current Music: hide-Red

death...and i dont care. Jun. 15th, 2006 @ 02:29 am
well my aunt died this morning. ironicly when my mom first told me i went "ok" and fell back asleep. when i woke up i was like "huh must been a dream" then my sis tells me and im like "oh...that sucks" sadly enough im not sad...its wierd its like i dont even care. that scares me some one dies in my house and I dont even care. Am i really that heartless? well besides that i did end up replanting a tree so something good did come out of today. Some times i thaink im a pathetic excuse of a human.
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» masquerade
I don't know what to think about me anymore,
Cause I am still the same as always.
Here I am again, that same old broken man.
I can't make it on my own. I need You.

Chorus:
And I am not afraid of anything anymore.
And I am not ashamed, the masquerade has ended.
And I will stand for You even if I lose it all.
Cause nothing really matters,
You are all that matters, Lord.

As messed up as I am, still You bring me in.
You take me in Your arms and hold me.
The worthlessness I feel, You make it disappear.
You are always there, You're endless.

(Chorus)

I don't know what to think about me anymore.
Cause I am still the same as always.

(Chorus)
» the runaways
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Come closer now
I know your desire is to be desired
Steal a kiss and call us friends
Distance is a theif in which you conspire

Time and time and time will tell
Time will tell or tear us apart
You're miles and miles and miles away
Silence reveals where we really are

You only stayed to break my heart
I can tell it by the way you runaway,
Runaway girl
You only stayed to break my heart
I can tell it by the way you runaway,
Runaway girl
Runaway, runaway girl

It's clearer now
You're no where into giving
giving into, giving into me
It's your fault
You're like a rare disease
I know you're in love with love
I believe

Time and time and time will tell
Time will tell or tear us apart
You're miles and miles and miles away
Silence reveals where we really are

You only stayed to break my heart
I can tell it by the way you runaway,
Runaway girl
You only stayed to break my heart
I can tell it by the way you runaway,
Runaway girl
Runaway, runaway girl

Do you expect me to wait here?
All alone in my thoughts and fears
My whole life could flash before your eyes
Hope one day that you realize
This isn't the way it's supposed to be
This is who I crown now without me
Your regrets from us built up inside
Great space for you; love buried alive
Buried alive

You only stayed to break my heart
I can tell it by the way you runaway,
Runaway girl
You only stayed to break my heart
I can tell it by the way you runaway,
Runaway girl
Runaway, runaway girl

I only stayed to break your heart
You can tell it by the way I walk away,
Runaway girl
I only stayed to break your heart
You can tell it by the way I run away,
Runaway girl


lol memorys this song brings up.Its a really good song from an awsome band
» from now on
well from now on cause i dont have any drama that i need to vent i will just post songs on here so you guys can take me off your friends list if you like
» when will i sing a new song
when will i sing a new song
i say one thing do anouther
i want to do good
but goodness is not in me
i am in a constent war with myself
the battles are long and it takes its toll
the sadness and the guilt
overshadowing all i ever did
when will i sing a new song
i try to leave it all behind
but it has become a part of me
why oh why cant i beat this
i use to think i was so strong
then this comes along
and beats me to the ground
all i ever say is
good bye for now
when will i sing a new song
constently at war with my biggest foe
he knows what i want to hear
he knows a way behind my defences
he knows me
he hates me
he is me
when will i sing a new song
all i can do is get on my kness and pray
for forgiveness for my ways
to help make me forget
the defeats and the casualtys
of the pain the guilt the lies
when will i sing a new song
one day i will defeat this
i dont know when
i dont know when
i dont know how
but Jesus died so i wont be a slave to sin
he knows my heart and the pain with in
i will be free
i destroyed myself
lost in a sea of imorality
slowly i will find my way
with jesus guideing my way
this will be my new song
jesus died so that my sins are no longer seen
these crimson wounds because of him are healed
they are white as snow
so many where i am right now
Jesus will light there way
that is the new song i sing
» breaking the da vinchi code
Breaking The Da Vinci Code
So the divine Jesus and infallible Word emerged out of a fourth-century power-play? Get real.
By Collin Hansen | posted 11/07/2003


Related Bible Studies:

• Engaging the Da Vinci Code
• The Da Vinci Code and Other Heresies
• Debunking The Da Vinci Code


Related Audio Sermons:

• There's Something About Mary
• What About That Other Bible?

Perhaps you've heard of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. This fictional thriller has captured the coveted number one sales ranking at Amazon.com, camped out for 32 weeks on the New York Times Best-Seller List, and inspired a one-hour ABC News special. Along the way, it has sparked debates about the legitimacy of Western and Christian history.

While the ABC News feature focused on Brown's fascination with an alleged marriage between Jesus and Mary Magdalene, The Da Vinci Code contains many more (equally dubious) claims about Christianity's historic origins and theological development. The central claim Brown's novel makes about Christianity is that "almost everything our fathers taught us about Christ is false." Why? Because of a single meeting of bishops in 325, at the city of Nicea in modern-day Turkey. There, argues Brown, church leaders who wanted to consolidate their power base (he calls this, anachronistically, "the Vatican" or "the Roman Catholic church") created a divine Christ and an infallible Scripture—both of them novelties that had never before existed among Christians.

Watershed at Nicea
Brown is right about one thing (and not much more). In the course of Christian history, few events loom larger than the Council of Nicea in 325. When the newly converted Roman Emperor Constantine called bishops from around the world to present-day Turkey, the church had reached a theological crossroads.

Led by an Alexandrian theologian named Arius, one school of thought argued that Jesus had undoubtedly been a remarkable leader, but he was not God in flesh. Arius proved an expert logician and master of extracting biblical proof texts that seemingly illustrated differences between Jesus and God, such as John 14:28: "the Father is greater than I." In essence, Arius argued that Jesus of Nazareth could not possibly share God the Father's unique divinity.

In The Da Vinci Code, Brown apparently adopts Arius as his representative for all pre-Nicene Christianity. Referring to the Council of Nicea, Brown claims that "until that moment in history, Jesus was viewed by His followers as a mortal prophet … a great and powerful man, but a man nonetheless."

In reality, early Christians overwhelmingly worshipped Jesus Christ as their risen Savior and Lord. Before the church adopted comprehensive doctrinal creeds, early Christian leaders developed a set of instructional summaries of belief, termed the "Rule" or "Canon" of Faith, which affirmed this truth. To take one example, the canon of prominent second-century bishop Irenaeus took its cue from 1 Corinthians 8:6: "Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ."

The term used here—Lord, Kyrios—deserves a bit more attention. Kyrios was used by the Greeks to denote divinity (though sometimes also, it is true, as a simple honorific). In the Greek translation of the Old Testament (the Septuagint, pre-dating Christ), this term became the preferred substitution for "Jahweh," the holy name of God. The Romans also used it to denote the divinity of their emperor, and the first-century Jewish writer Josephus tells us that the Jews refused to use it of the emperor for precisely this reason: only God himself was kyrios.

The Christians took over this usage of kyrios and applied it to Jesus, from the earliest days of the church. They did so not only in Scripture itself (which Brown argues was doctored after Nicea), but in the earliest extra-canonical Christian book, the Didache, which scholars agree was written no later than the late 100s. In this book, the earliest Aramaic-speaking Christians refer to Jesus as Lord.

In addition, pre-Nicene Christians acknowledged Jesus's divinity by petitioning God the Father in Christ's name. Church leaders, including Justin Martyr, a second-century luminary and the first great church apologist, baptized in the name of the triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—thereby acknowledging the equality of the one Lord's three distinct persons.

The Council of Nicea did not entirely end the controversy over Arius's teachings, nor did the gathering impose a foreign doctrine of Christ's divinity on the church. The participating bishops merely affirmed the historic and standard Christian beliefs, erecting a united front against future efforts to dilute Christ's gift of salvation.

"Fax from Heaven"?
With the Bible playing a central role in Christianity, the question of Scripture's historic validity bears tremendous implications. Brown claims that Constantine commissioned and bankrolled a staff to manipulate existing texts and thereby divinize the human Christ.

Yet for a number of reasons, Brown's speculations fall flat. Brown correctly points out that "the Bible did not arrive by fax from heaven." Indeed, the Bible's composition and consolidation may appear a bit too human for the comfort of some Christians. But Brown overlooks the fact that the human process of canonization had progressed for centuries before Nicea, resulting in a nearly complete canon of Scripture before Nicea or even Constantine's legalization of Christianity in 313.

Ironically, the process of collecting and consolidating Scripture was launched when a rival sect produced its own quasi-biblical canon. Around 140 a Gnostic leader named Marcion began spreading a theory that the New and Old Testaments didn't share the same God. Marcion argued that the Old Testament's God represented law and wrath while the New Testament's God, represented by Christ, exemplified love. As a result Marcion rejected the Old Testament and the most overtly Jewish New Testament writings, including Matthew, Mark, Acts, and Hebrews. He manipulated other books to downplay their Jewish tendencies. Though in 144 the church in Rome declared his views heretical, Marcion's teaching sparked a new cult. Challenged by Marcion's threat, church leaders began to consider earnestly their own views on a definitive list of Scriptural books including both the Old and New Testaments.

Another rival theology nudged the church toward consolidating the New Testament. During the mid- to late-second century, a man from Asia Minor named Montanus boasted of receiving a revelation from God about an impending apocalypse. The four Gospels and Paul's epistles achieved wide circulation and largely unquestioned authority within the early church but hadn't yet been collected in a single authoritative book. Montanus saw in this fact an opportunity to spread his message, by claiming authoritative status for his new revelation. Church leaders met the challenge around 190 and circulated a definitive list of apostolic writings that is today called the Muratorian Canon, after its modern discoverer. The Muratorian Canon bears striking resemblance to today's New Testament but includes two books, Revelation of Peter and Wisdom of Solomon, which were later excluded from the canon.

By the time of Nicea, church leaders debated the legitimacy of only a few books that we accept today, chief among them Hebrews and Revelation, because their authorship remained in doubt. In fact, authorship was the most important consideration for those who worked to solidify the canon. Early church leaders considered letters and eyewitness accounts authoritative and binding only if they were written by an apostle or close disciple of an apostle. This way they could be assured of the documents' reliability. As pastors and preachers, they also observed which books did in fact build up the church—a good sign, they felt, that such books were inspired Scripture. The results speak for themselves: the books of today's Bible have allowed Christianity to spread, flourish, and endure worldwide.

Though unoriginal in its allegations, The Da Vinci Code proves that some misguided theories never entirely fade away. They just reappear periodically in a different disguise. Brown's claims resemble those of Arius and his numerous heirs throughout history, who have contradicted the united testimony of the apostles and the early church they built. Those witnesses have always attested that Jesus Christ was and remains God himself. It didn't take an ancient council to make this true. And the pseudohistorical claims of a modern novel can't make it false.

For more on what the early church fathers can teach us about Jesus and the Bible, see our sequel to this article. To schedule an interview with Collin Hansen, please contact him contact him at cheditor@christianhistory.net.

Copyright © 2003 by the author or Christianity Today International/Christian History magazine.
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im geting tired of ppl thinking this book is true so i decided to put this up
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