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What Do You Think of the Bible Code?
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The concept of the Bible Code gained popularity through Michael Drosnin’s book, The Bible Code. Drosnin claims there is a predictive code in the Bible. By decoding the code one can accurately predict the end of the world. He believes that the code has accurately forecasted many events in the past. The basic notion of the Bible Code is that there is information in encrypted or coded form in the text of the Bible. It is true that biblical numbers may convey a symbolic message. Biblical Hebrew alphabets also represent numbers. Beyond this, one cannot be certain of any codes encrypted in the Bible. It is possible to see random patterns. It is unwise to make assumptions and predictions on the basis of this. Listen to what Jesus Himself said about His return: “But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone (Mark 13:32). Majority of evangelical scholars have rejected Drosnin’s conclusions. Why do we need a Bible code? God has spoken and His revelation is sufficient for salvation and sanctification. It is not man’s decoding methods or special ability that helps us to understand, appreciate and apply the Word of God. The Psalmist wrote, “Thy Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). Later in the same Psalm we read, “The unfolding of Thy Words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple (verse 130). The illuminating ministry of the Holy Spirit enables believers to understand the Scripture. The Bible is not an esoteric, mysterious or magical book. It is God’s written communication to man in plain language. We are not called to be in the business of decoding the Bible. Our responsibility is to interpret and apply it to our life. “…..seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:4).