Originally posted by Ford Farmer
These claims are strongly doubted by skeptics and by many religious groups.
I'm a skeptic as far as people go, but as far as God, I trust with all my heart. However, the last thing I'd call myself is religious and certainly
the word christian is, to me, anathema. Not because of Christ, but because that name is a title; and it's been misused and has resulted in blasphemy
of God's HOLY name which I am zealous for. God is LOVE and TRUTH and FREEDOM. Those are the names of God.
The bible codes, though--I've checked them out--they're too malleable to be credible--as far as prognostication, especially. And what good is
prognostication that only is discernable in hindsight? Prophets are not prognosticators--knowing what lays ahead is certainly part of it--but it
isn't way down the road, but rather a few months ahead, slow and steady wins the race.
I've tried some things out--any phrase
or word, or name(s) can be found in the bible with that code! I've heard that Moby Dick works just as
well, and while I haven't tried that, it seems very feasible. The key to the whole statistical phenomenon lies in the amount of words contained in
the book! Besides that, I have a question about the concept, to which I haven't been able to get a satisfactory answer, as of yet. Maybe you can
help. There are no vowels in the Hebrew language--the vowels come with dots and marks applied to the character being affected--and in the bible,
these were included with the Masoretic text--but those are not arbitrary vowels--they have everything to do with context--and context isn't
transferrable. I'm not explaining it well, but to me, that blows the whole thing out of the water, beyond doubt. Of course, it's only because I've
found a much more meaningful message hidden in the bible, but I read it like a book, not a statistical data bank.
The primary method by which purportedly meaningful messages have been extracted is the Equidistant Letter Sequence (ELS). To obtain an ELS from
a text, choose a starting point (in principle, any letter) and a skip number, also freely and possibly negative. Then, beginning at the starting
point, select letters from the text at equal spacing as given by the skip number. For example, the bold letters in this sentence form an ELS from the
word SAFEST. (The skip is -4. Spaces and punctuation are ignored.)
But you see, the code is inherently inconsistent and reliant upon the person applying it! It's too malleable. And we are not the potter, we are the
pot! Do you hear what I'm trying to say?
below is a website that shows all major predictions from 2006-2012 it also explains some other elements of the bible codes.
It's funny, in a strange way--there are many hints of truth in those phrases on that page--but those ideas are coming from the human mind, not the
bible. Just as so many people read the bible in order to support and 'prove' their doctrine of choice, this is along the same lines.
A true codebreaker uncovers and deciphers the code--then the message is apparent and undeniable. They do not choose the code's variables and proceed
from there...that is a flawed idea.
The bible does have a code--I will attest to that. The problem is that there are very very few codebreakers who can unlock it--and when they do--what
happens? Sticks and stones, my friend, sticks and stones!