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Sunday, 6 September 2009

The Bible Code - bestseller info

There has been much said about the best-selling book The Bible Code.
much interest in the idea of hidden messages encrypted in the Bible, but my sense is that most people don’t understand 1) why it is alluring to modern Christians, and 2) why it fails as a faithful hermeneutic of the Bible. Searching for Bible Code in Google yields almost 17 million hits, and searching for “Bible Code debunked” yields only about 51 thousand. That’s a lot of hits, either way, but the fact is that debunking biblical stupidity doesn’t generate nearly as much traffic as reporting it breathlessly.

The idea behind the Bible Code is that… quote Wikipedia:

"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. With a skip of -4, and ignoring the spaces and punctuation, the word SAFEST is spelled out backwards.

Often more than one ELS related to some topic can be displayed simultaneously in an ELS letter array. This is produced by writing out the text in a regular grid, with exactly the same number of letters in each line, then cutting out a rectangle. In the example below, part of the King James Version of Genesis (26:5–10) is shown with 33 letters per line. ELSs for BIBLE and CODE are shown. Normally only a smaller rectangle would be displayed, such as the rectangle drawn in the figure. In that case there would be letters missing between adjacent lines in the picture, but it is essential that the number of missing letters be the same for each pair of adjacent lines."

Does that make any sense to you? No, I didn’t think so. Youd better check out the book ,explains it a million times better than i ever could lol

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