originally posted by: schuyler
I have two books on the Bible Codes and even the software where you can pull out the codes.
Only problem is it does not work. It's a total fantasy.
The idea of a hidden code in the Bible text is not new. It is a central concept in the Cabala, or traditional Jewish mysticism. According to
Cabalistic teachers, the simple meaning of the Bible text is not its true meaning. They believe that God used the individual letters of the Hebrew
Bible text as symbols, which when properly understood reveal a greater truth. In their view, each Hebrew letter and its position in the Bible text was
set by God with a specific purpose in mind.
According to Jeffrey Satinover, a researcher of the Bible code, these Jewish mystics believe that the Hebrew letters used to record the creation
account in Genesis hold incredible mystical power. He writes: “Genesis, in short, is not simply a description
; it is the very instrument of
the act of creation itself, a blueprint in the mind of God made manifest in physical form.”
A 13th-century Cabalistic rabbi, Bachya ben Asher of Saragossa, Spain, wrote of certain hidden information that was revealed to him by reading every
42nd letter in a portion of Genesis. This method of skipping over letters according to a particular sequence in an attempt to discover hidden messages
is the basis for the modern Bible-code concept.
The Dead Sea Scrolls include portions of the Bible text copied over 2,000 years ago. The spelling in these scrolls often differs considerably from
later Masoretic texts. In some scrolls, certain letters were freely added to indicate vowel sounds, since vowel points had not yet been invented. In
other scrolls, fewer letters were used. A comparison between all extant Biblical manuscripts shows that the meaning of the Bible text remains intact.
Yet, it also clearly indicates that the spelling and number of letters vary from text to text.
The search for a supposed hidden message depends upon an absolutely unchanging text. One letter altered would completely distort the sequence—and
the message if there was one. God has preserved his message through the Bible. But he has not preserved each letter intact, as if he were obsessed
with such trivial matters as spelling changes over the course of centuries. Does this not indicate that he has not buried a hidden message in the
Bible?—Isaiah 40:8; 1 Peter 1:24, 25.
The apostle Paul very clearly wrote that “all Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight,
for disciplining in righteousness, that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17) The
clear and straightforward message in the Bible is not too difficult to understand or apply, but many people choose to ignore it. (Deuteronomy
30:11-14) The prophecies that are openly presented in the Bible give a solid basis for believing its inspiration. Unlike a hidden code, Bible
prophecies are not arbitrary, and they do not ‘spring from any private interpretation.’—2 Peter 1:19-21.
The apostle Peter wrote that “it was not by following artfully contrived false stories that we acquainted you with the power and presence of our
Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:16) The concept of a Bible code has its roots in Jewish mysticism, utilizing “artfully contrived” methods that
obscure and distort the plain meaning of the Bible’s inspired text. The Hebrew Scriptures themselves unequivocally condemned such a mystical
approach.—Deuteronomy 13:1-5; 18:9-13.
How useful it is to have the Bible’s clear message and instruction, which can help us to know God. This is far better than trying to learn about our
Creator by searching for hidden messages that are the products of private interpretation and computer-assisted imagination.—Matthew 7:24, 25.