The Bible Code Essay, Research Paper
The Bible Code
The Bible Code is a report of the discovery concerning certain codes hidden in the Bible that are able to foresee events. The code was first broken by an Israeli mathematician, Dr. Eliyahu Rips, and has been confirmed by famous mathematicians around the world. The three-thousand-year-old code foretells events that happened thousands of years after the Bible was written. It foresaw both Kennedy assassinations, the Oklahoma city bombing, the election of President Bill Clinton, everything from World War II to Watergate, from the Holocaust to Hiroshima, and from the Moon landing to the collision of a comet with Jupiter.
In an extremely complicated procedure, Israeli Doctors Doron Witztum, Eliyahu Rips, and Yoav Rosenburg, were the first to search and analyze the Bible for secret codes that reveal the future by using equidistant letter sequences and statistical analysis. The Israeli researchers made careful examinations and developed a collection of hypothesis, a collections of “maybes”. Statistics provided the tools to test each and every one these “maybes”. A hypothesis in mathematics may be declared false by the presentation of a single example, which violates the hypothesis. The very first thing the researchers did when they started their investigations was to make “observations”. They grouped their “observations” and formulated a hypothesis. Then, they tested the hypothesis. For example, a very common idea in statistics is the concept of average. As a very simple proof we would declare false a value for an average height for people of 10 feet. We all know that an average height of 10 feet is definitely not possible. Definitely, we can say that the concept of average participated in the analysis and conclusions when the Israeli researchers investigated the letter and word sequences they found in the Bible Code. Other statistical concepts that are easy to grasp are dispersion or variability and correlation or association. It is obvious that the Israeli researchers had to use some techniques to determine the extent of the dispersion and the degree of correlation of the letter sequences. In this fashion, they concluded that the observation regarding “equidistant letter distances” was valid. Mathematical statistics provided the techniques for these evaluations. Of course, there were many, many observations and probably a multitude of statistical concepts were involved.
There have even been a few dramatic cases where detailed predictions were found in advance, and the events happened exactly as predicted. Compellingly, the day that the Gulf War had begun was found weeks before the war actually started. Additionally, the date of the Jupiter collision was found months before the blast. Probably the most provocative prediction of them all was the assassination of former Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzchak Rabin. The author of this book, Michael Drosnin, had found the assassination of Rabin predicted in the Bible more than one year before it happened. Frantically, he attempted to warn Rabin of his findings. Sadly, the situation was inevitable, and Rabin was murdered on November 4, 1995.
Later, Drosnin had discussed his findings and interviewed with many of the foremost mathematicians around the world. He talked to experts from Yale, Harvard, and Hebrew University. He even talked to a senior code-breaker at the United States National Security Agency, who confirmed that there is a code hidden in the Bible that does really reveal the future.
It is very hard to deny what this book has proved so well. Even though there has been much controversy about it, many famous and respected experts have advocated and promoted this book with conviction. It would be hard for anyone to throw away what this book is trying to prove without having read its convincing points. Because of that, the content of this book convinced me of its points. I find myself fascinated with this book and urge anyone who has not read it to do so, for it will expand their mind.
Still, what the book is trying to convey is a very interesting but frightening situation. No one really knows if the Bible accurately foretells what is to come. However, the code may be a warning to this world of an unprecedented danger, perhaps the real Apocalypse, a nuclear war. In any event, if there is indeed a code hidden in the Bible, it forces us to accept what so many in the world do not believe, that there is a God. And probably the most perplexing question of all, does the Bible code describe our inevitable future which we have no control over? Has our future already been cast in stone? Or does it describe a series of possible futures whose ultimate outcome we can still decide? Certainly, I hope our destiny is still up to us and is able to be changed. Perhaps, that is something that is best not known.
1.Michael Drosnin, “ The Bible Code”, Simon & Shuster, 1997
2.W.J. Dixon & Frank J. Massery, “ Introduction to Statistical Analysis”, 2nd Edition, McGraw-Hill, 1957