Sometimes the light’s all shinin’ on me
Other times I can barely see
Lately it occurs to me
What a long, strange trip it’s been
Truckin’, by the Grateful Dead
For many years I felt “the light was all shining on me” through the patterns I saw in the Bible. They seemed so obvious and incontrovertible I could not help but describe them as “blazing like the noontime sun in a cloudless sky.” I had no shadow of doubt. I believed the Bible Wheel was literally “perfect” and could withstand any criticism. It was to me the “Divine Seal and Capstone of Holy Scripture” designed by God himself and that’s what I boldly declared on the banner of the original version of this site:
That banner stood over about a thousand pages of “evidence” I had laboriously collected over a period of about fifteen years. It was all I could think about. It was all I talked about. It was my calling from God. I was a true believer. I thought the Bible Wheel fulfilled two passages from Zechariah which I called the Capstone Prophecies. Here are my opening words from that article:
Divine Revelation is True Light. When the Spirit of God illuminates His Word, we know His Truth with the same certainty a blind man would have if he received sight. Everything suddenly comes into focus with perfect clarity. We can walk without stumbling in the Daylight of God’s Word. All the pieces effortlessly fit together with supernatural grace when the vision of the Whole is received. Ten thousand witnesses lift their voices in unison to confirm God’s Word. There is no perplexing doubt, no confusion. Scripture super-abundantly conforms to its own reiterative command that “every word” must be established “in the mouth of two or three witnesses” (Deut 19:15, Mat 18:16, 2 Cor 13:1). There is nothing but light, Light, LIGHT that drives out any shadow of darkness. The Gates of Heaven are thrust open; the Divine Perfection of the Holy Word shines like the noontime sun in a cloudless sky for all to see. This is the overwhelming power of God’s prophetic Capstone. Enigmatic clouds that have shrouded the self-reflective prophecies of God’s Word given within the Word itself, such as Ezekiel’s Wheels and Zechariah’s Stone, simply evaporate in the light of its blazing glory.
Those words accurately represented what I believed when I wrote them. At the time, I thought they were based on objective evidence. Now I see them as produced by a mind that had utterly hypnotized itself with an amazing “Alphabetic Wheel” of “God’s Word” – a kind of “decoder ring” on supernatural steroids, a coded set of circles within circles encompassing the entire Bible from Aleph to Tav, from beginning to end, in imitation of its own description of the Creator as the Alpha and Omega. It is hard to imagine a more mesmerizing object. It transfixed my mind for over a decade.
Though I didn’t realize it at the time, I expressed the essence of my self-induced hypnotic fixation when I said “Everything suddenly comes into focus with perfect clarity. All the pieces effortlessly fit together with supernatural grace when the vision of the Whole is received.” That is how it felt to me. That is the subjective experience of a “true believer.” There is no room for doubt when all available attention is focused on The Pattern (and the carefully selected set of facts that confirm it).
My Vision Quest, Rainbow Gatherings, Grateful Dead, and LSD
So how did a promising graduate student working on a Ph.D. in quantum physics morph into a Christian mystic fixated on numerology and the Bible Wheel? It began in 1987 when I got a divorce, quit college, and embarked on a three thousand mile bicycle trip from Seattle to Los Angeles and back which I thought of as a “vision quest.” I was burned out from six years of hard science and felt a deep need to find the “meaning of it all.” My mystical inclinations caught fire after spending a week with thousands of “New Age hippies” at the 1988 Rainbow Gathering in the Davy Crockett National Forest. It was an amazing experience. Imagine 5000 semi-clad hippies dancing and singing in the woods. Everyone called each other brother and sister. We all shared food, laughter, and friendship. The love was palpable. Everyone was into some variety of spirituality; most of it would be classed as “New Age” or “Eastern” though Christ was held in very high esteem by many. It was an exceedingly eclectic “hippie religion” if you will. Symbols from all religions were freely adopted. When the gathering ended, I began hitchhiking back to Seattle and passed through Santa Cruz which was teeming with Rainbow folk who had come for the Grateful Dead show. I met a man who called himself Pan. He had a staff with Mickey Mouse on a crucifix, smiling and waving. He gave me a tab of LSD and a copy of his “Theory of Everything” which he titled “A Damned Good Guess.” I met a woman who had flown in from Connecticut for the show. She was into the Tarot and we became fast friends. She had a vial of liquid LSD so we split my tab and her liquid and sat on a park bench by a cliff above the ocean and below a perfect blue sky. The heavens opened and we shared visions of God (to borrow a metaphor from Ezekiel 1:1). That’s why LSD is called an “entheogen” – it often evokes an intense experience of the divine. The vision spanned the universe and all the world’s religions and I saw they were one. This became a new goal for me, to find and express the unity underlying all the world’s religions and reality. I had become a mystic.
I found every variety of esoterica and mysticism very intriguing, especially things like synchronicity (meaningful coincidence), the I Ching, Astrology, Dream Analysis, Jungian Psychology, Tarot, and the Kabbalah (which introduced me to Hebrew numerology). I fell into a habit of magical thinking which the wiki defines as “the attribution of causal relationships between actions and events which cannot be justified by reason and observation. It is a type of causal reasoning or causal fallacy that looks for meaningful relationships of grouped phenomena (coincidence) between acts and events.” This became my primary way of interpreting my experiences. I used “associative thinking” in my analysis of dreams and synchronicities. Basically, I came to believe that “meaningful coincidence” was itself a kind of evidence of mental. spiritual, or supernatural causation that revealed the hidden unity underlying the reality. This opened me up to a series of synchronicities linked with “prophetic dreams” that ultimate led to the information presented on this site. I tell the story of that long, strange trip in my article Why I became a Christian.
Descent into the Matrix
During the six years from 1981-87 I had my feet planted firmly in physical reality as I diligently studied physics and mathematics, earning a Bachelor’s degree in each, and made significant progress towards a Ph.D. in quantum physics. My daily activity involved complex symbolic expressions like this solution to Schrodinger’s equation for the hydrogen atom:
This trained my mind to recognize and appreciate complex symbolic patterns. After quitting school and embarking on my vision quest, the skill remained but was filled with a different content and redirected towards mental and spiritual aspects of reality. I began to see and appreciate mathematical relations in symbolic information derived from all the world religions and mystical traditions. I was convinced there was an underlying unity to reality that could be discerned by comparing all the philosophies and religions of the world. In analogy with the quest of theoretical physics for the Theory of Everything, I believed the ultimate unity of reality could be expressed in the language of symbols and mathematics.
I was particularly impressed by the Kabbalistic Tree of Life because it provided a framework, or matrix, upon which to organize elements derived from highly diverse esoteric studies. The tree consists of 10 sephiroth (numerical categories) corresponding to the numbers from 1 (Kether/Crown) to 10 (Malkuth/Kingdom) and twenty-two paths between the sephiroth corresponding to the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. It correlates the 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot with the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, the 12 signs of the Zodiac, the 7 traditional astrological planets, the 7 colors of the rainbow, the patterns of sacred geometry, gematria (numerology), and pretty much everything under the sun. This fit perfectly with my intent as an “analytic mystic” to correlate all esoteric knowledge upon one diagram and so reveal the underlying unity of reality. It quickly captured my attention and became the fundamental matrix upon which I would base my analysis of dreams, synchronicities, and esoteric knowledge.
The 10 sephiroth and 22 Hebrew letters are called the “32 paths of wisdom” in the Sepher Yetzirah (Book of Formation) which is the oldest description of the Tree of Life (~ 600 C.E.). The diagram is based on Aleister Crowley’s book 777 which describes itself as “a complete dictionary of correspondences of all magical elements” designed to “systematise alike the data of mysticism and the results of comparative religion.” It contains table after table listing the correspondence of “everything under the sun” with the 32 paths of wisdom. This was a primary text I was using in the fall of 1990 when I had a very short enigmatic dream that launched me “out into the deep” of esoteric studies. On the morning of November 24, 1990, I found myself floating in a blank space half aware that I was dreaming when a woman with black hair in a red sweater suddenly appeared and said:
Are you looking for Dumbo? 12 x 44
That’s it. I awoke, wrote down the dream, and consulted Crowley’s 777 to find insight as to what the numbers might mean. My first discovery was that 44 was the value of the Hebrew word דם (DM, dawm) meaning blood. I immediately noticed that this correlated with the first two the consonants in DuMbo. This gave me the feeling that I had “received information” in the dream, since I had only begun to study Hebrew gematria a few weeks earlier and did not know that word or it’s numerical value. I then looked up the product 12 x 44 = 528 and found that it was the sum of all the natural numbers from 1 to 32. Mathematicians call such numbers “triangular” because they count the number of dots in a triangular array. Kabbalists call them “Mystic Numbers” because the are supposed to “sum up” the mystical meaning of that number. I was stunned to find my dream number was the Mystic Number of the 32nd Path on the Tree of Life that leads from Malkuth (the earthly realm) to Yesod, the foundation of spiritual consciousness. Furthermore, the 32nd Path corresponds to the Universe Card of the Major Arcana in the Tarot and the final letter of the Hebrew alphabet Tav. Thus, I interpreted this information from my dream to be something like the “Mystic Number of the Universe” or more simply, the “Key to the Universe” which is what I wrote in my journal though I had no understanding of what that really meant as yet. My studies expanded to include Greek gematria, by which I discovered many “meaningful coincidences” that helped convinced me of the truth of Christianity as explained in my article Looking for Dumbo.
The Dumbo dream launched me “into the deep” of mystical numerology. I just “knew” it contained something profound. Prior to the dream, my journal contains only a few tangential references to numerology. Less than two months later, there is hardly a page that fails to mention it. The numbers had become numinous. The Hebrew letters sprang to life as living symbols. They were a universal matrix that encompassed all things from Aleph to Tav. The Sepher Yetzirah calls them the “twenty-two foundation letters” by which God “depicted all that was formed and all that would be formed.” It says that God “placed them in a circle like wall with 231 gates,” the number 231 indicating the number of possible connections between pairs of letters as shown in the diagram. This is what led to the Bible Wheel. I was using the “alphabetic circle” of Hebrew letters as a way of organizing their symbolic meanings, and one day it simply occurred to me that the 66 books of the Bible could be displayed on the Wheel. The Bible Wheel was born on May 12, 1995.
As time went on, I became more and more convinced that the Bible was designed by God in accordance with the 22 Hebrew letters. I now had three “threads” or lines of evidence that I felt mutually reinforced this claim. Here is how I presented them on the home page of my original site:
These three threads have one thing in common: each is cast into a geometric mathematical form. This creates an illusion of design by imposing a matrix upon the data. Does the data actually fit the matrix? For years I believed it did, but now realize my evidence was biased because I filtered huge amounts of data and selected only that which fit the pattern I was looking for. The patterns presented are real, but their significance is dubious because they were cherry picked from massive sets of data that do not generally fit the patterns. This is how my mind became ensnared in the magical mystical matrix of weird beliefs. The same explanation applies to most of the weird beliefs people hold.
Why People Believe Weird Things
Michael Shermer provides much insight into the psychology of belief in the final chapter of his book Why People Believe Weird Things which focuses on why smart people believe weird things (pg. 283):
For those of us in the business of debunking bunk and explaining the unexplained, this is what I call the Hard Question: Why do smart people believe weird things? My Easy Answer will seem somewhat paradoxical at first: Smart people believe weird things because they are skilled at defending beliefs they arrived at for non-smart reasons.
That is to say, most of us most of the time come to our beliefs for a variety of reasons having little to do with empirical evidence and logical reasoning (that, presumably, smart people are better at employing). Rather,such variables as genetic predispositions, parental predilections, sibling influences, peer pressures, educational experiences, and life impressions all shape the personality preferences and emotional inclinations that, in conjunction with numerous social and cultural influences, lead us to make certain belief choices. Rarely do any of us sit down before a table of facts, weigh them pro and con, and choose the most logical and rational belief,regardless of what we previously believed. Instead, the facts of the world come to us through the colored filters of the theories, hypotheses, hunches, biases, and prejudices we have accumulated through our lifetime. We then sort through the body of data and select those most confirming what we already believe, and ignore or rationalize away those that are disconfirming. All of us do this, of course, but smart people are better at it through both talent and training. Some beliefs really are more logical, rational, and supported by the evidence than others, of course, but it is not my purpose here to judge the validity of beliefs; rather, I am interested in the question of how we came to them in the first place, and how we hold on to them in the face of either no evidence or contradictory evidence.
This is what happened to me. I arrived at my weird beliefs for decidedly “non-smart reasons” and created a powerful illusion of design by casting them into the format of mathematics and physics. Error entered because I failed to apply the scientific method. I did not form a testable hypothesis that would actually account for all the data. On the contrary, I made sweeping claims of a grand unifying pattern but most of the evidence was based on cherry picked coincidences. I accepted as “evidence” every “hit” that matched the pattern and ignored all the misses. This error is known as confirmation bias. Shermer lists it as one one of the primary answers to his “Hard Question” (pg. 299):
Confirmation Bias. At the core of the Easy Answer to the Hard Question is the confirmation bias, or the tendency to seek or interpret evidence favorable to already existing beliefs, and to ignore or reinterpret evidence unfavorable to already existing beliefs. Psychologist Raymond Nickerson (1998), in a comprehensive review of the literature on this bias, concluded: “If one were to attempt to identify a single problematic aspect of human reasoning that deserves attention above all others, the confirmation bias would have to be among the candidates for consideration. … it appears to be sufficiently strong and pervasive that one is led to wonder whether the bias, by itself, might account for a significant fraction of the disputes, altercations,and misunderstandings that occur among individuals, groups, and nations.”
It is very difficult for people to see, let alone debunk, their own biases. I doubt I ever would have had sufficient clarity and motivation to debunk my work if I had not concluded, for reasons independent of the Bible Wheel, that the Bible itself was not true. As long as I was a Bible believer, and even long after, I simply could not see the errors of my thinking. The power of bias and rationalization is too great.
On June 5, 2007 I started the Bible Wheel Forum as a place to discuss and promote my “discoveries.” I was soon disappointed because few people were interested in the object of my fascination. They wanted to discuss the object of their fascination. And so, like the story of The Three Christs of Ypsilanti in which psychiatrist Milton Rokeach brought together three men who each claimed to be Jesus Christ and confronted them with one another’s conflicting claims, I was brought face to face with many who thought they had discovered divine patterns in the Bible. Or the date of the Rapture. Or numerology that proves Obama is the Antichrist. Or conspiracy theories about the Illuminati ruling the world. Or secret codes in Shakespeare’s work based on the arrangement of letters on the vertices of the 3-4-5 Pythagorean triangle. Etc., etc., etc. Their number was legion and their beliefs usually struck me as quite absurd and easy to debunk, which I did with relish. I made a habit of pointing out their errors in logic and fact. I was strongly motivated because I knew they gave my work, which had a “superficial similarity” to theirs, a bad name. I wanted to prove my studies were not flawed like theirs. I did this for years, not realizing that I was “cutting my teeth” in preparation for my most challenging work – debunking myself.
Despite the endless hours refuting the fringe claims of others, my belief in the Bible Wheel remained intact. Indeed, my conviction was strengthened by my ability to debunk the claims of others. I thought it proved that my work was different and my thinking better than theirs. I had no idea that this was a textbook example of attribution bias, which is the inclination to give rational explanations for one’s own behavior while not being so generous to others. Shermer lists this as the the first of the two reasons why smart people believe weird things (the second being confirmation bias).
So what woke me up? The process began in earnest when my wife Rose and I began our “fireside chats” in December 2009 with the question “Why should we care what other people think?” We allowed ourselves the freedom to question everything we believed and soon discovered that we didn’t really believe most of what is taught in the Bible. Years of refuting the absurd rationalizations used by other believers helped us avoid that error. Rose had been a Christian for 28 years, and I for 15. We made the transition out together though our individual paths were somewhat different. For me, there were two primary insights that “broke the spell” of Christianity. First, I came to see that the Bible is filled with errors, absurdities, contradictions, primitive mythology, and moral abominations attributed to God, and that the attempts by Christian apologists to explain them away and/or cover them up and makes them look like fools of the first order. Second, I came to see that God does not, as a general rule, answer prayers, and that this directly contradicts the plain teaching of Scripture and the whole point of the religion which posits a parent-like Father God who watches over us, protects us from harm, and answers our prayers. For Rose, her primary insight was that the Bible is saturated with a strong male bias which has caused immeasurable and unjust suffering of women at the hands of men throughout the ages and therefore invalidates any possibility that the Bible could be the “Word of God.” She shares her insight on her blog in a series of articles called Gender Bias in the Bible. Here’s how I explained my take on it on August 8, 2011 in my post Why I Quit Christianity:
How then is it possible that I now reject the faith I once believed with such passion? What changed? The answer is really pretty simple. I was “blinded” by the light I saw in the Bible. Anyone who has entered in to the Bible with believing eyes knows how it can capture the soul. It feels alive. It touches chords that resonate down into the deepest parts of ourselves. It seems to be filled with light everywhere you look: the Gospel message shines with its numinous symbolic elements like the Alpha Omega, the Cross, the Dove, the Death and Resurrection of Christ, and on and on it goes. Who wouldn’t want to believe such a story? Indeed, the believer wonders how anyone could resist such an amazing Gospel message. And beyond all that, I had the overwhelming witness of the Bible Wheel which seemed to confirm everything about the Bible as the very Word of God. All these things blinded me to the “dark side” of the Bible. I simply “overlooked” all the problematic passages, errors, contradictions, and moral abominations that didn’t fit with the amazingly glorious, and blinding, vision of the Bible as “God’s Word.”
But one mystery remained – the Bible Wheel. I was still convinced it was valid, as explained at the end of that article:
In my next post, I will begin reviewing the Bible Wheel book to see what it looks like without my “blinders” on. I am very curious because as far as I know, all the evidence for the apparently “supernatural” design in the Bible remains true. This is the great mystery that now confronts me. The evidence for the Bible Wheel remains despite the obvious flaws in the Bible. So what does it mean? I don’t know yet, and before trying to come to a conclusion, I feel a need to critique my own book with the same honesty I have critiqued the Bible upon which it is based.
A few days later, I posted my first attempt at critiquing the Bible Wheel book (here). The post is embarrassing for what it reveals about my state of mind at the time. I critiqued my style while ignoring the actual claims that needed to be tested and concluded by saying “I can find no errors of fact in Chapter 1, so it passes my critical review.” I was utterly blind to the outlandish and unsupported assertions I made in that chapter. I was still under the delusion that my cherry picked “evidence” qualified as valid justification. I didn’t even think to test it. Here is what I wrote (the factual claims that I let stand without challenge are highlighted red):
Though I have not found any errors of fact in the first chapter, there is much that I would change in the style and in the opinions I expressed. For example, after explaining how the order and meaning of the twenty-two Hebrew letters was established in the Alphabetic Verses such as Psalm 119 – which many Biblical scholars saw as a “little Bible” and as the “Christian’s golden ABC of the praise, love, power, and use of the word of God” – I cast away all restraint and wrote this:
These comments show that the glory of Psalm 119, like that of the Bible itself, surpasses the limits of human language. Even when we speak only with superlatives, our praise falls short of the “inexhaustible fullness” of this supreme Psalm of God’s Word.
Yet there is more – so much more! – in this “little Bible” than anyone ever anticipated. It is here in Psalm 119, and kindred Alphabetic Verses, that God eternally established the order and meaning of the twenty-two Hebrew letters and so laid an unshakable foundation for the large-scale structure of His Word within its own text. The Bible is self-reflective; it contains an image of itself within itself in the Alphabetic Verses. Moreover, God embedded within this foundation an abundant storehouse of Alphabetic KeyWords that prophetically anticipate the thematic pattern of the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation. This is the Work of God. This is the revelation of the Bible Wheel.
So what would I write now that I am not a Christian? I don’t really know. The whole book emerged from a conflagration of a mystical enthusiasm fired by demonstrable facts that seemed to be lit with the light of heaven. It really isn’t possible to rewrite it without starting from scratch. All I can do in this review is to focus on the actual factual statements and let the enthusiasm remain as a witness to what this kind of knowledge can do to a soul. So here are the facts expressed in those paragraphs:
Many Biblical commentators saw a supreme value in Psalm 119, and said that the Hebrew alphabet was a “divine alphabet” filled with wisdom. The order and meaning of the Hebrew alphabet is established in the Alphabetic Verses like Psalm 119. Therefore, the pattern of the alphabet which defines the Bible Wheel is established within the text of Scripture itself. The meanings of the letters are derived from the Alphabetic KeyWords used in the Alphabetic Verses, and these anticipate the thematic pattern of the whole Bible.
I can find no errors of fact in Chapter 1, so it passes my critical review.
Demonstrable facts? Oh my. What was I thinking? I didn’t address those claims at all. As I explain below, the Bible Wheel collapsed like a house of cards in one evening when I finally put those claims to the test. The amazing thing is that this didn’t happen for yet another three years. Here is how I presented the enduring “mystery” on my sidebar during those years:
I created this site on February 11, 2001 to share the Bible Wheel which I discovered in 1995. For over a decade I was completely convinced it was proof of the divine inspiration of Scripture. In late 2009 my wife and I began questioning our beliefs and have since left the faith. Oddly enough, the evidence for the Bible Wheel withstood our skepticism though the Bible itself did not. What it means remains a mystery.
This shows the power of cognitive bias, and how very difficult it is to free yourself from habitual errors in your own thinking even when you sincerely try. Fortunately, I had no problem seeing bias in other believers and continued my hobby of debunking their arguments for Christianity, conspiracy theories, and other weird beliefs. It was only a matter of time before I would apply the same standards to myself, which is the essence of the powerful Outsider Test for Faith.
The turning point came when I began to familiarize myself with the psychology of belief and use it in my refutation of Christian arguments. Rationalization is the handmaiden of delusion. It is how people maintain their false beliefs in the face of contrary evidence. This was the topic of my article The Art of Rationalization: A Case Study of Christian Apologist Rich Deem posted on October 6, 2012, about a year after I quit Christianity. Here is the opening paragraph:
Rationalization, commonly known as “making excuses” or “self-justification” is a psychological defense mechanism triggered by conflicting desires, feelings, or beliefs which evoke a painful state of mind called cognitive dissonance. No one is exempt. If there is one guarantee in life, it is that our amazing and complex world will repeatedly contradict our personal desires, limited knowledge, and cherished beliefs. But this is not a bad thing. On the contrary, the pain of cognitive dissonance is the pain of birth, of growing, of moving into the light of reality. It is the pain that shows the way to break free from the prison of our ignorance and selfishness.
I went on to explain how cognitive dissonance “is to the mind as pain is to the body. Without it, our minds would quickly fall into delusion and disintegrate like the bodies of children born with congenital insensitivity to pain who repeatedly injure themselves.” After a detailed analysis of the errors in Rich Deem’s arguments, I ended with these words:
This topic is of keen interest to me because I was a fundamentalist Christian for about 15 years. I explain the cognitive dissonance that drove me out of the faith in my article called Why I Quit Christianity. I have left a very long trail spanning more than a decade on this site and many posts in other forums defending my work on the Bible Wheel. My next project is to apply the insights I gained by writing this article to myself. Most arguments raised against my work claimed that the Bible Wheel had no objective validity and that all my evidence was nothing but the product of cognitive biases like cherry picking, confirmation bias, pareidolia, and so forth. So now I will review those arguments and put my old responses to them through the same fire I have used to test Rich Deem’s arguments. It should prove enlightening.
This article is the fulfillment of that project. That fact that it has taken nearly two years since that post shows, yet again, how very difficult it is to free yourself from your own biases and delusions.
The Bible Wheel Debunked
On August 8, 2014, I began a thread on my forum called The Bible Wheel, Numerology, and Cognitive Bias. It was in response to a member who appeals to my work as proof that God designed the Bible. He thought I was using “cognitive bias” as a mere excuse to reject the Bible Wheel now that I reject Christianity. To prove his point, he dug up an old post from another forum that I wrote when I was a believer in which I dismissed the charge of “cherry picking” with these words:
Now one of the primary objections people raise is the charge of “cherry picking.” They suggest that the Bible is such a big book that anyone can make connections with anything, and therefore nothing like the Bible Wheel could have any real meaning. But this is not true. God established the connections for us in the Alphabetic Verses, and the specific content of the books is an objective fact.
I responded by presenting a few of my favorite cherry picked examples and declaring that they represented a general pattern found throughout the Bible:
Now the real miracle of the Bible Wheel shines with its greatest clarity when we examine the specific content on each Spoke in light of the Alphabetic KeyWords that God established in the Alphabetic Verses of Scripture. The Alphabetic Verses are the passages that God designed on the pattern of the Hebrew alphabet. The most notable example is Psalm 119 which has 8 stanzas for each letter giving a total of 176 (= 8 x 22) verses. And what is the theme of this, the largest chapter in God’s Word? It is none other than the WORD itself! And how are words written? With the Alphabet, of course. We find therefore that God designed the PSALM of HIS WORD on the pattern of the Hebrew Alphabet, and this establishes the pattern for the large-scale pattern of His entire Word in the form of the Wheel. But there is more! There are many profound correlations between the Alphabet KeyWords and the specific content of the books on the corresponding Spokes.
This was my primary claim. I asserted that the entire Bible fit the pattern of the Wheel. Is it true? Nope. Not by a long shot. Most of the text of the Bible has no obvious connection with the spoke on which it is found. How then did I fall into this delusion? When I first discovered the Bible Wheel, its mere existence struck me as obviously “significant” because I had already come to believe that the circle of the Hebrew alphabet was the matrix by which God created all things. And this naturally fit with the idea that God created all things by his “word” which was Jesus Christ who is described as the Alpha Omega, using the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet which correspond to Aleph and Tav. And so the Bible Wheel encompassed God’s Word from beginning to end and “sealed” with the Aleph and Tav. It was an extremely compelling vision that was just too good not to be true! From the very beginning, my study of the Bible Wheel was marred by a strong “confirmation bias.”
On August 29, 2014 I finally put my claims to the test. I reviewed the best evidence I had supporting them in a series of five posts (here, here, here, here, and here). My conclusion? Every claim I tested failed. They all fell like a house of cards. The self-induced hypnotic spell is finally broken.
I have since debunked all the major claims involving all three threads of my presentation. I am now convinced that all the “evidence” presented on my original site and in my 412 page Bible Wheel book is a massive monument to cognitive bias. The “mystery” has been resolved. I know of nothing in the Bible that requires any “supernatural agent” to explain.
The Grateful Dead has provided an apt closing song: