I wondered if anyone in this Forum was familiar with the Bible Code, and the mathematicians who work on it. I've been on their website a few times, and there is some incredible stuff there. Their work is mathematical, instead of religious. However, as a spiritual person who believes in God, I have found my faith strengthened by their findings.
I'll provide a clumsy explanation if I attempt it, so perhaps anyone who is interested ought to look it up and see the official explanation! Essentially: each Hebrew letter corresponds to a number. If one strings each letter in the Bible together, omitting all stops, breaks, and punctuation of any kind, a long sequence of numbers emerges. The mathematicians take these numbers, and attempt to discern any pattern-recognition in them. They do so by skipping letters. Let's say they try to take each 50th letter in a row. If every 50th letter, when strung together, spells out a message, they say this is a message that was embedded in the text, or is "Bible Code." To this point, their approach has not advanced to the point where they can find what is hidden prior to having any specific idea in mind. All they're able to do, is search for known events.
For instance: they have searched for strings of information about Obama, 9/11, the Kennedy assassination, Hurricane Katrina, etc. -- and have found long strings of phrasing (embedded within the original text) that state the names, events, and places of these occurrences. In some cases, messages are then added, such as judgments that thus pertain, or advice, in some cases.
They do not hold a theory for how this is possible. They approach it mathematically.
As a believer in God, I have wondered about the following theory: whether the Bible has both the literal, surface meanings, and simultaneously has embedded within its text, prophetic messages that illustrate that all is known prior to its occurrence.
If this were the case, it would serve to strengthen my belief in God. We often say that God is omniscient, so it ought not be a trying exercise to entertain the notion that He can foresee all events. Therefore, this would illustrate that perhaps man was divinely directed in writing the Bible as we find it today, and maybe one of His purposes was to embed these messages, thus, if ever they were discovered, it could serve at least to exemplify a mystery, thus opening up a door through which skeptics might pass. I believe God is compassionate and loving, so it occurs to me He might wish to extend a branch to those whose intellect makes faith difficult. Here we find mathematics meeting religion, and it does open a door, in a sense.
The official website is the Bible Code Digest, presented by the Isaac Newton Bible Code Research Society. I never learned this growing up, but Newton was a very devoted follower of God. He sought to find hidden meaning in the Bible throughout his life. They dedicate their work to his original work. One can visit the website and search various topics, to see if any code was ever found that pertained.
biblecodedigest.com/page.php/497 Here's one that may support the belief that the Old Testament was written by only one author. It's a little dense for the non-mathematician, but all the evidence is there!
Anyone familiar? Your thoughts?