Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Bible Numerics

Many people revere the Bible. Some memorize large chunks of it. Others refer to it whenever the need arises. Many if not all who have encountered it, can attest to its impact on individual lives. There is a particular group of people who revere the Bible so much that the Bible itself proves its divine nature. A special group dwelled into the numerics of the Bible, in the light of popular reading from the BIBLE CODE. Is there really a Bible Code? Is there divine meaning in the numbers?

A popular theory is that in the Bible, there exists a mysterious and marvelous numerical pattern which establishes the correctness and proves the divine nature of the Holy Scriptures.

Oswald Thompson Allis in his short study on Bible Numerics has this to say:
1) The theory works only when attention is focused on places that works, while ignoring other areas where there DON'T work.
2) The wide variety of ways to arrive at the numerical features and factors merely proved that discovery of such devices are hard to find, and often depends on the ingenuity of the reader. This alone does not make Bible numerics any more significant than other 'common numbers'.

Simple counting of Bible verses, words, letters in the mathematical domain does not help us as far as faith is concerned. Afterall, the verse numbers and chapters are a later addition to help readers in the reading of the Holy Scriptures. In fact, the very same phenomena that Bible numerics use can be found elsewhere. A simple statement like "We had tea and toast for breakfast.", can even be considered 'divine' as it has 7 words and 28 letters!

Be careful not to use seemingly marvelous or impressive mathematical formulation to justify faith. Faith is beyond mathematics. It is beyond numbers. The numbers are there to help us, not to be worshiped.


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