Is there any validity to the Bible codes?

 Bible  codes

Question: "Is there any validity to the Bible codes?"

Many people claim to have discovered amazing patterns using some sort of Bible code. There do appear to be some Bible code results which seem to reveal specific information. We cannot completely rule out the possibility that God could have "hidden" information in His Word. However, since we know that God wants us to understand His Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17), we must ask ourselves why He would "hide" valuable information in His Word that would be impossible for people to discover for thousands of years? This flies in the face of what we know about God’s character and purpose. Would a good and merciful God hide the very information we need to understand good and evil, heaven and hell, sin and redemption, and then hold us accountable for all eternity because we failed to act upon that information? Of course not.

Beside the attack on God’s character, the main argument against the Bible codes is that they do not fit with biblical interpretation. Jesus, in all of the times that He cites Bible passages, never once uses a “Bible code” to decipher a meaning. The Apostle Paul in all the times he references Old Testament passages never once uses a “Bible code” to arrive at an interpretation. The same could be said for ALL of the other biblical authors who reference other books of the Bible. Nor are we are ever instructed by any Bible passage to look for Bible codes as a means of determining its meaning (or to gain any deeper insight). What we need to know and apply is clear enough from a “straight” reading of the Word of God.

Our salvation in Christ comes through calling on Christ to save us from our sin. Calling on Christ comes as we place our faith in Him. Faith comes as a result of hearing the Word of God. Hearing happens as people go out and preach or share the Word of God with others (Romans 10:9-17). Likewise, Christian growth occurs as we feed upon the Word of God (Psalm 119:9-11,105; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Peter 2:2). All these passages refer to taking the text of the Word of God at face value and applying its principles to our lives through obedience and not through the seeking out of biblical codes.

Also, the codes are arbitrary both as to how they are done and how they are interpreted. But again, the main argument against the use of Bible codes is that they are simply unbiblical and thus totally without validity. All that we need from the Bible is found from a straightforward study of its text (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16-17).

Recommended Resource: Inspiration and Authority of the Bible By Benjamin Warfield.

Related Topics:

Can / Should we interpret the Bible as literal?

What is Biblical numerology?

Who divided the Bible into chapters and verses?

What are the seven spirits of God?

How and when was the canon of the Bible put together?

Return to:

Questions about the Bible

Return to: Home

Is there any validity to the Bible codes?