Mathematical Proof That The Bible Is TrueDate: Jan 24, 2009 Posted By: Rick Warzywak
MATHEMATICAL PROOF OF THE BIBLE'S VALIDITY
The Bible is the one true Word of God! We must seriously consider the evidence, as eternity hangs in the balance. The Bible can be easily validated by any open mind that will honestly consider all the facts. Any skeptic will be hard pressed to deny the following pages in this publication. It is a choice to investigate this matter with an open mind and sincerity? So choose whom you will serve this day as you approach the subject matter below!
Point to ponder: When seeds of doubt are planted, regarding the authority of God?s Word, disobedience manifests more easily. The conscience becomes seared and the heart is hardened, resulting in wrong choices (sin). As God's Word girds society, it brings freedom, accountability, and responsibility, and results in prosperity. When dismissed, man will indulge in his hedonistic appetites and selfish pursuits.
The account below was taken from a tract pamphlet given to me that was edited by a Dr. Kieth L. Brooks. It was published by Book Fellowship, Box 164, N. Syracuse, N.Y. 13212. So after searching the Internet regarding Dr. Panin (a converted Russian nihilist, Harvard scholar, and mathematician), his work below was amazingly verified and impacted my faith in God and Jesus Christ! It may be hard to understand and follow at times but the evidence brought forth is astounding!
Who is Dr. Panin and what did he discover?
One of the most remarkable occurrences in our time is God's preparation of one individual to produce positive evidence that would completely undermine all biblical criticism and bring atheism toppling to the ground wherever honest, thinking men would face the facts. More startling still is the notion that this individual was a converted Russian nihilist, Harvard scholar, and a mathematician. At the very time when organized atheism was laying its plan to gain control of Russia and make use of its vast resources to sow the seeds of atheism in every nation on earth, God was preparing His Russian servant, Ivan Panin, to bring forth scientific evidence of the verbal and absolute inspiration of the holy scriptures in their original languages.
Dr. Panin, who passed away in October, 1942, after 50 years of work on Bible numerica, was not the first to discover that there was a strange mathematical structure running through the Bible. There was Browne in his Ordo Saeculoreum, and Grant in his Numerical Bible, and Bullinger in his Numbers on the Scriptures. They all brought forth many striking examples of numeric features in the Bible. Now, other competent scholars carry on further research in this line.
It remained for Dr. Panin, however, by giving his very life to the task, to find that every letter of the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts is numbered and occupies its own special place in the order of the total number of letters in the Bible, the slightest variations of orthography being God ordained. Since every Greek and Hebrew letter carries a numerical value (letters being used for figures in these languages), every word, phrase, sentence, and paragraph has a definite mathematical sum, as later will be shown.
Dr. Panin devoted himself so persistently to counting letters and solving the mathematical problems that he often wore himself out physically. His works were voluminous and his discoveries seemingly without end. He authored a volume entitled Structure on the Bible and revisions of the New Testament based upon his numeric discoveries. Since his death, the Nobel research foundation, which took over some 43,000 sheets of his pen work, has employed Hebrew and Greek scholars to further pursue the study and issue a book on the subject.
Panin's establishment of the practically infinite series of complex systems in the Hebrew and Greek text, all sequences, combinations, ratios, etc., following a uniform design from Genesis to Revelation, is undoubtedly God's answer to modern atheism and higher criticism, and his vindication of the verbal and complete inspiration of scripture. The discovery also settles many questions of text. It proves that the books of our present Bible, and they alone, have the required features of authenticity and divine inspiration. It also settles disputes of long standing, including about some portions of the Bible which scholars have said should be eliminated.
In this chapter, it is only possible to touch upon the surface of Dr. Panin's work. The Divine authority of scripture has always been fully sustained by proofs from fulfilled prophecy, the inexhaustible gaps of truth revealed, its matchless power over the lives of men, its indestructibility, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. However, some have wanted to waive these lines of evidence as unscientific. Dr. Panin has submitted conclusive, scientific proof that the Bible could not have been produced by the unaided human mind. This proof is found in the amazing numeric phenomena in the very structure of the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts. Dr. Panin demonstrated either that every other writer of scripture was an unparalleled literary and mathematical genius or that he wrote as he was moved by the Holy Ghost. Professor John C. Banks, a worthy successor of Dr. Panin, has offered similar numeric evidence.
Panin laid his discoveries before the readers of a New York newspaper, copies of which were sent to leading skeptical educators and scientists, with a challenge to disapprove, if possible, the phenomena to which he had called attention. Since that time, many other learned skeptics have been confronted with the same evidence and not one has been able to discredit it. Some challenged Dr Panin to find the same mathematical structure in Hebrew and Greek classics outside of the Bible. Panin, therefore, gave much time to examining other writings and failed to find such a phenomena. And no such features were found in any of the seven books added by the Roman church to their Old Testament.
The Number Seven
It is a known fact that the number seven is found throughout the universe. It is evidently the number of the Creator, and the number of fullness, rest, and completeness. Not only is this law of seven found running throughout creation, but it is found scores of times on the surface of scripture, and it always appears to be significant. Furthermore, careful students have often been amazed to find this number appearing in unexpected ways in scripture. Yet, skeptics might attribute this to the writer considering seven to be a mystical number, and writing important sentences in exactly seven words, or cleverly developing subjects with seven points.
As we study the mathematical proof that the Bible is truly the Word of God, may we realize that Panin?s work deals not with translations but the original Hebrew and Greek texts. Translation difficulties have been tremendous. Constant changes occurring in language usage have rendered many words in our English translation practically obsolete, hence the various attempts at "modern speech" translations. But how could Panin get back to the originals, since we do not know for certain that we have originals? The answer is that a comparison of hundreds of manuscripts preserved for us shows a uniformity that proves a common source.
The following is an abbreviated example of the kind of phenomena found by Dr. Panin in the original Hebrew and Greek Bible texts:
*The number of words in the vocabulary will divide by the number seven.
*The number of words beginning with a vowel is divisible by seven.
*The number of words beginning with a consonant is divisible by seven.
*The number of letters in the vocabulary is divisible by seven.
*Of the vocabulary letters, those which are vowels and those which are consonants will both divide by seven.
*The number of words in the vocabulary occurring more than once is divisible by seven. Those occurring only once likewise divide by seven.
*The number of words occurring in more than one form is divisible by seven. The number occurring in only one form likewise divides by seven.
*The number of proper names divides by seven. The male names divide by seven. The female names divide by seven.
*The number of words beginning with each of the letters of the alphabet is divisible by seven.
Numeric Values of Letters
The Bible was written in two languages: the Old Testament was written in Hebrew (for numeric purposes, the few chapters in Chaldee are counted as Hebrew) and the New Testament in Greek. Both of these languages have a peculiarity: they have no separate symbols for numbers that correspond to the modern Arabic numerals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 0. In their place, they make use of the letters on their alphabet, so that each Hebrew and Greek letter also stands for a certain number. This is called the numeric value of the letter. As each word consists of letters, the numeric value of a word is the sum of the numeric values of its letters. The numeric value of a sentence, paragraph, chapter, book, volume, or library, is the sum of the numeric values of the words of which they consist.
By means of these numeric values, the Greeks and Hebrews performed all of their numeric operations. But in scripture, an additional system is used for the purpose of numeric construction and that of text place values.
The place value of the letter in scripture, whether Hebrew or Greek, is the number of the place the letter occupies in the alphabet. Accordingly, in Hebrew, the place values and the numeric values of the first ten letters are the same. That?s also true of the first five letters in the Greek alphabet. Yet the 11th Hebrew letter does not stand for 11, but 20; its numerical value is 20, but its place value is 11. The last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the 22nd, stands for 400. So while its place value is 22, its numeric value is 400. The same applies to the Greek alphabet. Its sixth letter stands for seven, its numeric value, but its place value is six.
The full value of a Hebrew or Greek letter or word is the sum of its numeric and place values. Thus, the value of the word "Jesus" in Greek is 975, the numeric value is 888, and the place value is 87. Now to note some other features of the Hebrew and Greek alphabets:
*The numerical value of the vocabulary is divisible by seven.
*The numerical value of the various alphabetical groups of words is divisible by seven.
*The numerical value of the various forms in which the words occur produce the same phenomenon.
The above numeration barely scratches the surface of the numerics Panin brought to light. He challenged any man to intelligently write one paragraph of 300 words and produce some numeric phenomena of like design, and complete it in six months. Any man who could do it would prove himself to be a wonder. Is it any surprise that no man has offered!
Many of the scripture writers were men chosen from very ordinary walks of life, having little or no schooling. If Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John, for instance, had attempted to write by unaided human wisdom, and produced the harmonious numeric features found throughout their books, how long would it have taken them? Remember that with each additional sentence, the difficulty of building on this plan increases in mathematical and geometrical progression, for they tried to write each paragraph in such a way as to develop constantly fixed numeric relationships to what was written before and what would come after.
But an even more amazing feature remains: the number of words found in Matthew, which are not found in any other New Testament book, displays an even more elaborate numeric design. How did Matthew know that he had used words that would not appear in any of the other 26 books? He would have had to have before him all of those books, and would have to have written his last. It so happens, however, that each of the other books shows the same phenomena. Did each writer write last? If not, then is each of the writers a mind reader, as well as a literary and mathematical artist, never equaled and hardly even conceivable?
Panin proceeded to prove by numerics that every book of our Bible carries such features, that each one is necessary for the numerical scheme of the entire Bible to work out correctly, and that nothing can be added to or subtracted from the Bible, as it is written, without spoiling these features. From the first verse in Genesis to the last verse of Revelation, these divine evidences are found. The God of nature is, therefore, proven to be the God of scripture. Thus the quarrel of modern skeptics is not with believers of the Bible but with God himself. Yet seven is not the only number that proves of interest. There are equally intriguing developments with other numbers, all of which are significant in their places.
Other Numerical Finds
Our Bible has 66 books, of which some assign themselves to an author by name while others are anonymous. Those which assign themselves to certain writers, either in whole or in part, are as follows: Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy ascribe themselves at least in part to Moses, or are quoted as the works of Moses in other parts of the Bible; the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the 12 minor prophets ascribe themselves to the writers whose names they respectively bear; Psalms is ascribed to David; Proverbs and Song of Solomon ascribe themselves to Solomon; Ecclesiastes ascribes itself to the "son of David"; Daniel, Ezra and Nehemiah ascribe themselves to these respective writers; James, 1st and 2nd Peter, and Jude bear the names of the writers; the epistles of Paul, with the exception of Hebrews, ascribe themselves to Paul; and Revelation ascribes itself to John. Finally, the anonymous books are Genesis, Joshua, Judges, 1st and 2nd Samuel, 1st and 2nd Kings, Job, Ruth, Lamentations, Esther, 1st and 2nd Chronicles, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John in Hebrews.
Of the writers named as authors of the books of the Bible, some have more than one book ascribed to them. Moses has four, Solomon three, Peter two, and Paul 13. Other writers have only one book ascribed to them. Now, bear in mind that the books of the Bible in the Hebrew received text and the Greek text are arranged differently from the English Bible. This is the order in the original text:
8. 1st Samuel
9. 2nd Samuel
10. 1st Kings
11. 2nd Kings
30. Song of Solomon
38. 1st Chronicles
39. 2nd Chronicles
46. 1st Peter
47. 2nd Peter
48. 1st John
49. 2nd John
50. 3rd John
53. 1st Corinthians
54. 2nd Corinthians
59. 1st Thessalonians
60. 2nd Thessalonians
62. 1st Timothy
63. 2nd Timothy
The total number of books is 66, or six elevens. There are 22 anonymous books, or two elevens, and 44 ascribed books, or four 11?s. Of these 44, 22 or two elevens belonged to writers of more than one book, and 22 or two 11s, to writers of only one book. The sum of the 66 book numbers, or six elevens, is 2,211, or 201 elevens. This number is divided thus: the 22 books of the authors of more than one book have 946, or 86 elevens; the other 44 have 1,265, or 115 elevens.
Of the 66 books, 21 are epistles. Their numbers are (James to Philemon) 45 to 65. Now the sum 2,211 for the 66 books is divided for us between epistles and non-epistles. The epistles have 1,155, or 105 elevens, and the non-epistles have 1,056, or 96 elevens. Moses, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, Joel, and Daniel are expressly quoted in the New Testament. The numbers of their books are 2, 3, 4, 5, 12, 13, 15, 16, 27, and 35. The sum of those numbers is 132, or 12 elevens.
Now, add up the numeric values of the names of the Bible authors (those to whom the books are ascribed), which are based on the value of each letter.
The sum value of the Bible authors is 121 elevens. The sum of the factors 7, 11, and 103, is 121, or 11 elevens. The presence of these factors of elevens in connection with the number, order, and names of the writers is either accidental or designed. That the number of books in the Bible should be a multiple of 11 might be purely accidental, however, since only every 11th number is a multiple of 11, the chance of any being a multiple of 11 is only one in 11.
That this number is so divided between anonymous and ascribed books for each class to also be a multiple of 11 may too be accidental. Yet the chance of this happening is only one in 11 times 11, or one in 121. For this number to be so divided by eleven?s among the authors who anonymously wrote only one book, and those who anonymously wrote more than one may be due to chance, but the probability of it being accidental is only one in 11 x 11 x 11, or 1,331. Just going through the features of elevens noted, everyone might be accidental, but that the chance is only one in the eighth power of 11, or one in 214,358,881.
The sum of the numeric values of the 26 authors is 7,931, which is also a multiple of seven. Of this number, the 21 writers of the Old Testament, or three sevens, have 3,808 (numerical values of the authors), or 544 sevens, and the New Testament writers have 4,123, or 589 sevens. Of the 3,808 (numerical values of the authors) belonging to the Old Testament, 2,933 or 419 sevens belong to the writers of the law and the prophets, from Moses to Malachi, and 1,190 or 170 sevens belong to the writers of the so-called Hagiographa, from David to Nehemiah. Seven of the 21 Old Testament writers, or three sevens, are expressly named as such in the New Testament: Moses, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Hosea, and Joel. Their numeric value is 1,554, or 222 sevens. The numeric value of Moses, who heads the list, and John, who closes it, are 345 and 1,069 respectively, which totals 1,414, or 202 sevens.
The Bible begins with the Hebrew word "beginning" and ends with the Greek word hagios, or "saint." The Hebrew word occurs in the following books: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, 1st Samuel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Amos, Micah, Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Daniel, Nehemiah, and 2nd Chronicles. The Greek word occurs in the following New Testament books: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, 1st and 2nd Peter, 1st John, Jude, Romans, 1st and 2nd Corinthians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1st and 2nd Thessalonians, Hebrews, 1st and 2nd Timothy, Titus, Philemon, and Revelation. These books are 42 in number, or six sevens. Take the respective numbers of these books in the order of their place, and their sum is 1,575, or 225 sevens.
These eight features of sevens in connection with the order and writers of the books may also be accidental, but the chance of these features of sevens and elevens happening together is one in billions. It is clearly shown that the present number of books in the Bible is not accidental but designed. It is also apparent that the proportion of anonymous to ascribed books is designed; the proportion of the number of books belonging to one writer versus the number of books belonging to writers of more than one book is designed; the proportion of the Bible divided between epistles and non-epistles is designed; the order of the Bible is books in the Hebrew and Greek versions is designed; and the names of the 26 writers are designed.
The Infinite Mind of God
On the assumption of mere human authorship, these numeric phenomena, in the order and unanimity and non-unanimity of the books, are wholly unaccountable. But the assumption that a superior mathematical mind (or the mathematical author of nature) has planned these numerics at once explains not only these phenomena, but thousands of similar ones that can be brought forward.
Does this mean that critical scholars of the world and the atheists and infidels will now all be brought to bended knee in the name of Jesus Christ, and they will accept scripture? No, indeed! For scores of them who already have been confronted with these facts, and have pushed them aside, saying either they have no time to investigate or they are not interested in the mathematics of the Bible. "The world by wisdom knows not God," and "the natural man received not the things of the Spirit of God," no matter how strongly the evidence of divine inspiration is presented. If the infinite Christ himself could not convince the scholars of his day, no numeric phenomena revealed in our day will convince those who do not want to be convinced.
"This is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil." The value of these discoveries lies chiefly in their power to confirm the faith of those born again in these last days, encouraging them, like great disclosures of archaeology, to proclaim with renewed power the old Gospel, which, accompanied by the convicting power of the Holy Ghost, is able to break down the infidelity of those who are blinded by the enemy of our souls.
ADDED NOTE: While Dr. Panin used Bible numerics to establish the validity of scripture, he included what some critics and skeptics thought to be controversial. One such passage was Mark 16:19-20, which many theological skeptics have attempted to discredit. The claim was that it was missing in some of the Greek manuscripts, therefore it was not valid.
The last 12 verses of Mark are very unique and interesting. There are 60 features of the number seven, including: having 175 words, or 25 sevens; having a vocabulary of 98 words, or 2 x 49 or seven sevens; having 553 letters, or 79 sevens; with 133 forms, or 19 sevens; and continuing on to every smallest detail.
Concerning the work of Dr. Panin, Professor A. Gordon Melvin of New York City, prominent in the field of secular education, made a pilgrimage to Aldershot, Canada, to see Dr. Panin, and the following report was given:
"After talking with Dr. Panin and looking over his work thoroughly, I feel it is time for a concerted effort of those who know this work to make it available to many who do not know of it. I find that Dr. Panin has in his possession data in the form of numeric concordances, which represent years of labor. I was alarmed to see them in such a terrible condition."
NOTE: The Nobel Foundation considered these manuscripts of such importance that a special camera was set up to photograph some 43,000 sheets. They have since been checked for mathematical errors and some corrections made. Also, additional numeric features have been discovered by the scholars doing this work.
Dr. W. Belle Dawson, well-known Canadian scientist, wrote: "I quite concur in what to say about Dr. Panin's work, which I have known for a number of years. I am especially interested in its bearing on the decision between various readings, which would be very valuable. I trust his great work may be followed up."
Dr. Arthur I. Brown, Canadian medical scientist and well-known Bible lecture, now with the Lord, also visited Dr. Panin and urges us, by all means, to make Panin?s work known.
Dr. D. M. Panton of London, editor of The Dawn and well-known Bible teacher, says: "Mr. Panin's discovery is as astounding as any discovery that could be made, is one of God?s solvents for the final crisis. It is the death blow of all disintegrating criticism, not, alas, that the critics will be convinced, for the foundations of their doubt lie far deeper than the intellect, and where confirmed belief is confuted, it merely shifts into ground; nevertheless, it remains for all who appeal to the intellect, a response from the intellect, in the mercy of God, who meets every soul on its own grounds. The destructive analyzer of the scripture stands revealed as an infant analyst in the grasp of a complexity of which he never dreamed. Verbal inspiration is here mathematically proved, passed all cavil. The scripture discloses itself as a parchment which, when held up to the light, reveals the graph of its maker; a script that there is exactly that imprint of a miraculous arithmetic, which is borne by the snowflakes falling in a flawless mathematical pattern, or by the perfect convolutions of a shell. To Dr. Panin's critics I would say, 'Do you challenge his figures? If so, where are they wrong? If not, his inferences are indisputable. You cannot argue with mathematics.?"
PLEASE CONSIDER THIS: With these indisputable facts before us, how utterly foolhardy it would be to turn them aside and deliberately go on our way to an eternal hell. Turn to Jesus Christ the Savior of all mankind!