Here's the problem, people have been trying to interpret the scriptures by one method or another for ages. To dissect the sacred scriptures and attempt to analyze them through mathematics, or spectral analysis, or whatever, is to miss the point. The scriptures are sacred and they need to be understood in their spiritual import and practical application to mankind alone. That is their purpose, to raise the consciousness and Christianize mankind so that man can attain salvation. Any other reading of the Bible than to gain moral and spiritual inspiration is "missing the mark". The whole purpose of Christianity is that Christians will adopt the "mind of Christ" and learn to do "the works that I do and greater works than these". This is achieved by following Christ in letter and spirit and to sincerely and seriously consider the true meaning of the scriptures. God's word is not wrapped in mystery if you use the lens of truth to read it. What is this lens? The Mind of Christ, whic!
nvolves raising your consciousness to a spiritual altitude at all times, under all circumstances, and "waiting patiently on God", trusting Him, being obedient, and giving thanks. Any attempt to pattern the Bible on some numerical code and draw meaningful interpretation from that process forfeits the ability to grasp the true import of the scriptures and gain true spiritual enlightenment and salvation.
Your efforts may provide some intellectual intrigue, but I ask you, do they do anything to purify your heart, elevate your character, and enable you to boldly enter into the realm of the allmighty, the spiritual kingdom which "eye hath not seen, nor ear heard". We try to inform the Omniscient of things like this, but God already knows our thoughts and the intent of our heart before we turn to him. To understand the scriptures is to commune with God by listening humbly for His thoughts toward us, and being obedient to his direction, not to try to tell God what we think we want Him to know, or boasting to Him how clever we are. He knows us inside and out already, for He "searcheth the reins and hearts". I leave you with a few scriptural quotations which should help to illustrate what I'm trying to say.
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber" John 10:1
"Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do" Mark 7:7,8
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil."
Proverbs 3: 5,6,7
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 12:2
With Hope for all,
On Mon, 22 Oct 2001 21:42:45 Vernon Jenkins wrote: >Friends, > >As you know, at Allan's request I had intended (for the time being at >least) to eschew any further comment on this subject. However, in the >face of such provocation I feel a brief response is justified. > >I find it amazing that anyone should still seek to draw a parallel >between this type of nonsense and the very real phenomena to which >I have drawn attention. It occurs to me that perhaps Stuart - or his >friend, the anonymous author of the 'masterpiece' - would like to >pick up the gauntlet (thrown down by myself some time ago) and treat >us to a rational naturalistic explanation of the OBC phenomena. > >In making this challenge I am conscious that some maturity and serious >resolve will be required - as, of course, befits the true scientist. >But I wish them well, and look forward to hearing their proposals in >due course. > >With all good wishes, > >Vernon > >http://www.otherbiblecode.com > > > >Stuart d Kirkley wrote: >> >> Thought I'd throw this wrench into the works for all those numerologists among you. Please excuse the profanity, but it is appropriate. >> >> ACHIEVING 103% PERFORMANCE!!! >> >> We have all been to those meetings where someone wants over 100%. >> >> Here's a little math that might prove helpful in the future! >> >> If, A B C D E... X Y Z, relates to: 1 2 3 4 5... 24 25 26 >> >> (Each letter is assigned its numerical position in the alphabet.) >> >> Then, >> >> K N O W L E D G E = >> >> 11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96 % (good) >> >> H A R D W O R K = >> >> 8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98 % (better) >> >> But, >> >> A T T I T U D E = >> >> 1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100 % (almost there) >> >> and, >> >> B U L L S H I T = >> >> 2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103% >> >> All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. (John 1:3) >> >> Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions. (Eccl 7:29) >> >
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