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Can you explain the Bible code?

Joe Paprocki Answers:

The Bible Code is both a book and a phenomenon which claims that one can find hidden (encrypted) messages in code in the first five books of the Bible in the original Hebrew text. These hidden messages are purported to predict events that occurred thousands of years later, such as the Holocaust and the assassination of JFK. Basically, the Bible code claims that the hidden messages can be discovered by analyzing “equidistant letter sequences” (ELS).

Those who believe in the Bible code claim that these messages are the “fingerprint of God” imbedded in the biblical texts. Skeptics point out that the ELS method can be used to reveal similar messages in a phone book or in War and Peace, pointing out that such combinations of letters forming words is simply a mathematical probability. The bottom line for us as Catholics is that we don’t believe in a God who keeps secrets. The essence of Scripture is “revelation” which is the very opposite of a secret. Revelation means that God has gone out of his way to reveal himself and his message of love to us. The ultimate revealing of God, of course, is Jesus Christ, the human face of God. Jesus’ death on the Cross – the execution of a naked man – reveals to us a God who allowed himself to become vulnerable and thus, accessible to all. Codes block access. Secrets withhold information. Our God will have none of that: he reveals himself and his message of love to us fully and without hesitation and he tells us to spread that message to all nations….not to keep it secret!

The Author : Joe Paprocki
Joe Paprocki, D.Min., is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press in Chicago. He has over 30 years of experience in pastoral ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Joe is the author of numerous books on pastoral ministry and catechesis, including The Bible Blueprint, Living the Mass, and bestsellers The Catechist's Toolbox and A Well-Built Faith (all from Loyola Press).
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  • billy

    It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.

  • Bill

    Hello Joe,
    I have no idea whether or not there is a hidden numeric mathematical code to God,s Word. However, there is a message hidden in plain sight. Y’shua(Jesus), revealed this fact to His disciples in, Matthew 13:10-17. The “mysteries(plural) of the kingdom”, He speaks of, generally, haven’t been properly taught for the last 1,650 years. God, further, confirms the fact in Proverbs 25:2. Only when we search for Him with all our hearts will we find Him. Matthew 7:14, tells us that few will. Why? Because most search from the wrong perspective. The right perspective is the Hebrew perspective. The scriptures of The Bible are not Western theology. To properly discern what is being conveyed, it must be studied from it’s original, proper perspective. It is a Jewish message to the world, and the world has no idea. Notice, the original disciples(the remnant who believed) were Jews. Myself, coming from a “Christian” background, recognized this approximately four years ago. It makes all the difference in the world. Ones very salvation hangs on it, Matthew 4:1-11 and Matthew 7:1-29.


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