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RE: The Bible is God's Word [Letter, Village News, 7/22/10]

Infinite numbers of seemingly miraculous computations are found in numerical analysis of text. Assign values for English letters using the same pattern used in Ivan Panin’s analysis of Arabic, Greek and Hebrew:

A=1 B=2 C=3 D=4 E=5 F=6 G=7 H=8 I=9 J=10 K=20 L=30 M=40 N=50 O=60 P=70 Q=80 R=90 S=100 T=200 U=300 V=400 W=500 X=600 Y=700 Z=800

Now analyze the first line of Poe’s “The Raven”: “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary.” There’re 7x7 letters. First and last words sum to 202x7; the first letters contribute 80x7.

Consonants in words starting with a consonant sum to 537x7. Consonants in words ending with a consonant sum to 485x7, of which 192x7 comes from the odd length words and 293x7 from the even length words.

There are 3x7 consonants in words of even length. Seven words end with consonants. Consonants in words 2,4,6,8,10 sum to 177x7. Considering words 1,3,5,7,9,11: There are 3x7 letters. Even letters in each word total 138x7. Last letters of each word total 205x7.

First and last letters of each word total 51x7x7. Considering the verb “pondered”:

First letter value is 10x7. Vowels total value is 10x7.

The problem with putting faith in literal words of the bible, instead of Christ’s message, is when it’s shown to include all-too-human errors and nonsense, it may shake a person’s faith.

Aldous Huxley said, “Taking the bible literally, believing it to be inerrant, is the idolatrous worship of words; mistaking words for the things they represent.”

Jon Monday


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