I recently received this comment in response to my post Is God Trustworthy? The Root of Religious Delusion.
I would like to say that your Bible Wheel creation undertakings was a brilliant example of intellect and hard work at its core and for me personally, an example of something which could only have been created by someone who had the capacity to perform as a calling for a higher purpose.
I believe that you are connected to something which cannot be conceptually explained in words and that your mathematical prowess was utilized as a substitute to deliver the messages which religion cannot make sense. of.
I am grateful to who you are as a person and as a higher being. I do hope you understand who I am and implore you to consider your Bible Wheel creation as something bigger than just its interpretation to you.
Hey there Glenn,
Thanks for the good words. I appreciate your suggestion but it’s rather difficult to know which aspects of the Bible Wheel could be seen as a manifestation of “something bigger” and which are just meaningless coincidence. For example, at first glance it seems amazing that the 66 books of the Protestant Bible could fit on the traditional Hebrew circle of 22 Hebrew letters, but if that’s not a “mere coincidence” then what are we to make of the fact that we can do the same thing with the 72 books of the Roman Catholic Bible using the 24 Greek letters? And that case is even better than the Protestant Bible Wheel in that it “seals the word” from Alpha to Omega in direct correspondence to the Greek text of Revelation where Jesus Christ (The Word) declares that he is the “Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.” Some people try to rationalize this by saying that God designed both Bibles! But what then is the value of all this symbolism if it doesn’t even distinguish between the two competing canons? And what about the Muslims who see divine design in the Quran based on the Number 19? They base this on a mystical verse in the Quran that says “Over it are nineteen” and then goes on to say that those “19” are put there to convince unbelievers and “People of the Book” (Jews and Christians) of the truth of the Quran. Here are the verses (Quran 74:31):
Over it are Nineteen. And We have set none but angels as Guardians of the Fire; and We have fixed their number only as a trial for Unbelievers,- in order that the People of the Book may arrive at certainty, and the Believers may increase in Faith,- and that no doubts may be left for the People of the Book and the Believers, and that those in whose hearts is a disease and the Unbelievers may say, “What symbol doth Allah intend by this?” Thus doth Allah leave to stray whom He pleaseth, and guide whom He pleaseth: and none can know the forces of thy Lord, except He and this is no other than a warning to mankind.
Muslims have developed a mystical lore about the number 19 over a span of centuries, just like Christians with the number 666. It’s easy to see why Muslim numerologists would be impressed to find that the Quran consists of 114 = 6 x 19 surahs (chapters) and that the number 19 is a centered hexagonal number so the number 114 can be arranged in a perfectly symmetrical hexagonal pattern of six hexagons:
Muslim numerologists use this pattern to analyse the phrase “Bismillah ir-rahman ir-rahim” (In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful). This phrase occurs exactly 114 times in the Quran and is composed of 19 Arabic letters which can be laid out in a hexagonal form as in this screenshot from this video which “proves” the “miraculous divine design” of the Quran based on the number 19:
So, given that the Bible Wheel is based on the same kind of “pattern finding” that is used by all believers in all religions to justify their irrational beliefs, it seems very difficult, if not impossible, to find the “something bigger” in the Bible Wheel. I am, of course, open to any suggestions or insights you may have. I do not take this question lightly. Rose and I spent about three years after quitting Christianity exploring possible “explanations” for the Bible Wheel because we were still convinced that the evidence was valid. It wasn’t until I was finally able to review my claims objectively (without the bias of wanting them to be true) that I was able to see my errors. I explain the process in this series of posts:
- Debunking Myself: What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been
- Battle of the Bible Wheels: Catholic vs. Protestant
- The Bible Wheel: Patternicity on Steroids
- Debunking Myself: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
- The Isaiah-Bible Coincidence Debunked