THE BIBLE CODE
"The Bible Code" by Michael Drosnin is where the author claims to have discovered a secret code embedded in the text of the bible that reveals prophecies. The book lists many of those prophecies that have come to pass, including the terrorists attack on the World Trade Centre, various public figures that have been assassinated, and other international news-worthy events
The claim looks interesting at first glance, and the author gives 'verified' mathematical proofs that the 'messages' are way above what could be expected by pure chance alone, and quotes endorsements from various mathematicians, etc. etc. The 'secret codes' are found in a pattern on the printed page, either up, down, diagonal, every second word, every third word, every second line, every fourth line - whatever, so long as the words are in close proximity on the page. The bible text used is in Hebrew and the words are given a number of interpretations to meet today's modern language. A computer is then set the task of finding a specific event looking for key words. Sure enough, given the broad scope, it will eventually find the words on the same page in some sort of pattern or other.
It has to be understood, that with the freedom of interpretation allowed in translating the original Hebrew into English, many different meanings can be taken from the same passage. Many Hebrew words have more than one meaning, as do Hebrew names have many common variations. Put all these combinations together in any manner that suits you, and you will be able, given the huge depth of scope of the bible, to produce just about any collection of connected words you want, especially when the only condition is that they loosely group together on the page. Also keep in mind that a great many words in use today did not even exist at the time the relevant bible passages were written. For instance, take the World Trade Centre 'prediction' as an example. The word 'skyscraper' did not exist, nor did 'World Trade Centre' nor did 'airplane, jet, aviation fuel, hi-jack, etc', you see my point? Interpreting the words in the code plays a very important role, if not the most important role, in arriving at a 'prediction'. In other words it's no different to interpreting the quatrains of Nostradamus I would argue that if, for example, my book "Science, the Universe and God'"was used instead of the bible, with the same amount of freedom of interpretation, I am sure it would produce a 'secret code' with the same 'predictions'.
Since the publication of "The Bible Code" many people have demonstrated what a piece of nonsense the whole sham is. For example take a look at this site. Assassinations foretold in Moby Dick The point made so well by this site is that the novel "Moby Dick" can be used to reveal secret codes just like the bible codes. The 'Moby Dick' code came about because the following challenge was made by Michael Drosnin:
"When my critics find a message about the assassination of a prime minister encrypted in Moby Dick, I'll believe them."
In response to Drosnin's challenge the site says "Note that English with the vowels included is far less flexible than Hebrew when it comes to making letters into words. Nevertheless, without further ado, we present our answer to Mr Drosnin's challenge. No laws of probability are violated here, or even stretched a little. That is also true of Drosnin's book, which is the whole point of this page. Once you learn Drosnin's rules (none) and the method (a bit of messy programming) you can find things like this anywhere. The reason it looks amazing is that the number of possible things to look for, and the number of places to look, is much greater than you imagine."
The following assassinations were predicted by Moby Dick :
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi
President Rene Moawad (incredibly the Moby Dick code reads 'an exploding bomb' which is how he actually died)
Leon Trotsky (Trotsky was murdered with an ice pick. The Codes read, ice, hammer, executed, the steel head of the lance.)
Martin Luther King (to be killed by them, prepare for death, gun, agents deed)
Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss (gun, Wien, assassination of a good fellow ... Dollfuss was shot by a gun in Wien, another prediction right on the nose, courtesy of Moby)
Sirhan Sirhan (the murderer of Robert Kennedy, a very complex set of codes, see it yourself).
John F. Kennedy (among other things the code mentions that Kennedy was shot in the head by rifle used by a concealed assassin).
What more proof do you need that the Bible Code is meaningless?
If you still want more proof, then check this site.
Scientific Refutation of the Bible Codes
Scientific Refutation of the Bible Codes by Brendan McKay and Friends
The book "The Bible Code" by Michael Drosnin has been the most successful mass-market book about the Torah Codes. Alas, all semblance of scientific method is missing, and all of the important codes proponents have disowned him. By repeated examples, we prove that Drosnin did not find anything that can't be found in any book, even in English.
A look at that site should convince anyone that the "The Bible Code" by Michael Drosnin is pure nonsense.
To sum up, take any book of sufficient size and you will be able to find 'hidden codes' within the text. Some jokers have even found codes on cereal packets, Brilliant! And if that doesn't make the point, then nothing will! How anyone can be taken in by this nonsense is beyond me.
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