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WILMINGTON, NC, November 30, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Numerous Internet news sites broke a story this week about a lost gospel that appears to put forth the idea that Jesus was married and had children. That idea has been presented in movies such as 'The Last Temptation Of Christ' and books such as 'The DaVinci Code'. One of these articles, found on the Daily Mail site entitled 'Is this proof Jesus married and had two sons? Ancient manuscript said to be 'lost gospel' with a sensational twist', stated that Simcha Jacobovici, an Israeli-Canadian film-maker, and Barrie Wilson, a professor of religious studies in Toronto, believe they've uncovered a missing fifth gospel.
"In attempting to add to the four gospels, Author Simcha Jacobovici and Professor Barrie Wilson have forgotten one critically important point," remarks Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, award-winning author and long-time Bible teacher. "They have forgotten that God explicitly forbids adding or subtracting from the Holy Scriptures." Diorio, who holds a Doctor of Ministry degree and is the author of the new children's picture book, 'Who Is Jesus?', cites Proverbs 30:5-6: "Every word of God proves true. . . Do not add to his words, or he may rebuke you and expose you as a liar."
Another found on The Daily Beast.com website entitled "Is 'The Lost Gospel Book' A Fraud?" quoted Barrie Wilson as saying "Paul's theology of marriage could be said very simply: no sex before, during or after marriage. Our gospel, in contradiction to Paul's asceticism, talks about the importance of marriage and the intensity that it takes, that's where the gospel--the element of good news comes in--it enriches the understanding of fulsome sexuality."
"Not so," says Dr. Diorio. "While the Scripture clearly forbids sex outside of marriage, Paul specifically reveals his approval of sex during marriage in First Corinthians 7: 5 when he writes, 'Do not deny yourselves to each other, unless you first agree to do so for a while in order to spend your time in prayer, but then resume normal marital relations.'
Diorio, who holds a Doctor of Ministry degree and has been teaching the Bible for almost 20 years, sees The Lost Gospel as "another last-ditch attempt by Satan to deceive the world into accepting the AntiChrist before the return of the true Messiah, Jesus the Christ."
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio writes award-winning books for the young, and the young-at-heart. Diorio has written seven books, been a contributor to eight others, and has published seven booklets. She brings her considerable talent and impressive background together in 'Who Is Jesus?' to create a work that is certain to become a classic in the Christian children's books genre.
Dr. Diorio holds numerous degrees including the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in French with a concentration in Comparative Literature, the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree in Christian Counseling, the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree in French with a concentration in Comparative Literature, the Master of Arts (MA) degree in Italian Language & Literature, the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Writing Popular Fiction with a concentration in Writing for Children and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in French.
She has won numerous awards, including Third Place for "From Feminism to Freedom" AMY Writing Awards; Fifth Place, National Writers' Club Short Story Contest for "The Birthmark"; Top 100 Short Stories ranking for "The Birthmark", Writers' Digest Short Story Contest; Honorable Mention for radio script, TAKE ONE Radio Theatre; Second Place for Novel, St. Davids Christian Writers' Conference Contest; Third Place in Women's Fiction, American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest; Second Place in Inspirational Category for Novel, East Texas RWA Southern Heat Contest; Second Place in Historical Category for Novel, Romance Writers' Ink Where the Magic Begins Contest; First Place in Inspirational Category for Novel, Colorado RWA Heart of the Rockies Contest; and First Place in Inspirational Category for Novel, Spacecoast Launching a Star Contest.
Dr. Diorio is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at [email protected]. All of her works are available at online book retailers and at her site. More information, including information on 'Who Is Jesus?', is available at her site at http://www.MaryAnnDiorio.com.
MaryAnn is also a multi-award winning author, a Certified Life Coach, a Certified Behavioral Consultant, and a Certified Biblical Counselor as well as a gifted Bible teacher and speaker whose heart's desire is to help people become all that God created them to be. For all that God has done and continues to do in her life, MaryAnn gives Him all the praise and all the glory.
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