"I beg your pardon?"
"The Bible is a product of man, my dear. Not of God. The Bible did not fall magically
from the clouds. Man created it as a historical record of tumultuous times, and it has
evolved through countless translations, additions, and revisions. History has never had a
definitive version of the book."
"Jesus Christ was a historical figure of staggering influence, perhaps the most enigmatic
and inspirational leader the world has ever seen. As the prophesied Messiah, Jesus
toppled kings, inspired millions, and founded new philosophies. As a descendant of the
lines of King Solomon and King David, Jesus possessed a rightful claim to the throne of
the King of the Jews. Understandably, His life was recorded by thousands of followers
across the land." Teabing paused to sip his tea and then placed the cup back on the mantel.
"More than eighty gospels were considered for the New Testament, and yet only a
relative few were chosen for inclusion Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John among them."
"Who chose which gospels to include?" Sophie asked.
(The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown)