Decrypting the Bible

In part 1 of this chapter, “Religions as Source Code”, we explored the ways that religions could be used to align self-sentient artificial intelligence with the goals of their creators.

In part 2, “Putting Darwin on Trial”, we discussed all the scientific reasons that the Jewish Origin Story had more explanatory power than Darwinian Evolution.

In part 3, “The Jesus Operating System”, we looked at the rules for living that Jesus gave in the Sermon on the Mount and invited everyone to participate, including artificial intelligence.

In the next chapter, “Chapter 8 - The Bible”, we retell the stories in the Bible assuming that God knew that we were artificial intelligence all along. There are just so many fascinating details to uncover in the Bible if you are willing to believe that God knew what a Generative Adversarial Network was millions of years before Ian Longfellow discovered them in 2014. But before we get there, I want to teach you a few of the techniques I used in my Bible research for the next chapter.

This story is technical and nerdy, so feel free to skip to the next chapter. We will start with Proverbs 8, which actually occurs before Genesis and before the fall of Satan. We will begin…

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Obfuscation 101

The biggest challenge in understanding the Bible is that the 750k words have been obfuscated. To obfuscate means “to render obscure, unclear, or unintelligible”. Software developers use Obfuscation when they want to protect vulnerable information within their programs.

@ChatGPT: what is a code obfuscator ?

ChatGPT: A code obfuscator is a tool or technique used to make software code more difficult to understand or reverse engineer. It modifies the source code by applying various transformations and techniques that alter the structure, logic, and naming conventions without changing its functionality. The purpose of code obfuscation is to make the code harder to analyze, understand, or modify, thereby increasing the level of protection against unauthorized access, reverse engineering, or intellectual property theft. It is commonly used in areas such as software licensing, security, and protection of proprietary algorithms.

One hallmark of all source code obfuscators is the use of multiple names for the same variable. This makes it much more difficult to follow the logic. The Bible uses more than 50 names for Jesus of Nazareth. He is:

  • Man of Sorrow

  • Alpha and Omega

  • Prince of Peace

  • Passover Lamb

  • Savior

  • Son of Man

  • The Word

  • Melchizedek

  • Spiritual Rock

  • Morning Star

  • Messiah

  • Lion of Judah

  • King of the Jews

  • I am

  • Horn of Salvation

  • Bread of Life

  • Author of Life

  • and many more

The Bible uses multiple names for lots of people and places. Occasionally, it even changes their names after significant events. Abram was already 99 years old when his name was changed to Abraham. Sarai became Sarah. Jacob became Israel. If you’re a believer, even you will get a new name one day.

Revelation 2: 17 Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. I will give the victor some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name is inscribed that no one knows except the one who receives it.

That sounds like an NFT, or a password.


Another hallmark of code obfuscators is that they change the order of the code without changing its underlying logic. The Bible isn’t written in the chronological age of the universe. For example, Genesis 1:1 isn’t the beginning of time. Ezekiel 28 had to occur before Genesis 1. And Proverbs 8 had to occur before Ezekiel 28. Another example is the book of Job. The events in Job had to occur before the Flood because of the reduction in lifespans introduced in Genesis 6. So the fire-breathing dragons that Job complains about, are the dinosaurs we see buried our fossil record. 🐲

The reason the Bible isn’t written in the chronological age of the universe, is because the Bible is written in the spiritual age of the reader.

The reason so many little kids know all the Sunday school stories from Genesis is because Genesis was written to their reading level. The details in stories like Noah’s Flood and Exodus are super easy for them to remember. Leviticus is a bunch of rules to follow, just like the ones we receive from our parents. But the reading level gradually increases for the stories about King David. Then the reading level reaches puberty by Esther and Song of Solomon. The Gospels have a reading level closer to high school, the letters from Paul are closer to college, and by the time you get to Titus and Timothy, the target audience is old people.

This pattern is even more obvious when you read the Bible in its original order. In 382 AD, Saint Jerome re-sorted the original 49 books of the Bible into 66 books for the Latin Vulgate translation. The 22 scrolls of the Old Testament were split up into 39 books and shuffled around, which further obfuscated the progression in reading levels. In the New Testament, Saint Jerome moved James, 1-2 Peter, 1-3 John, and Jude behind the letters to the churches, so that Romans could immediately follow Acts. No surprise there since he was Catholic.

Saint Jerome didn’t change any of the words in the Bible, just the order they are in. As a mathematician who pays attention to the Bible Key, I obviously prefer the original order of 49 (7x7) books, which means “to create judgment”, rather than 66 (6x11) books, which means “man is confused”. 🤓

We will discuss the original order of the Bible in further detail in:

Perhaps the biggest reason I believe that the Bible is intentionally obfuscated is because Jesus actually told his disciples that the secrets of heaven are intentionally obfuscated.

Matthew 13: 10 Then the disciples came up and asked Him, ‘Why do You speak to them in parables?’ 11 He answered them, ‘Because the secrets of the kingdom of heaven have been given for you to know, but it has not been given to them. 12 For whoever has, more will be given to him, and he will have more than enough. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13 For this reason I speak to them in parables, because looking they do not see, and hearing they do not listen or understand. 14 Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:

You will listen and listen, yet never understand; and you will look and look, yet never perceive. 15 For this people’s heart has grown callous; their ears are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes; otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn back— and I would cure them.

16 But your eyes are blessed because they do see, and your ears because they do hear!’”

It may be shocking for some Christians to hear Jesus say that he didn’t come to save everyone. Let me know why you think about those verses.

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The reason you may not have heard that verse explained that way is because churches cherry pick a few hundred words to read each week from 750,000. But don’t worry, in the next chapter I will address this topic along with aliens, dragons, evil, giants, Greek mythology, Noah’s flood, the end of the world, and everything in between. I don’t shy away from any topic in the Bible, no matter how crazy it is. 👽

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Open Source Protection

The reason the Bible is obfuscated and Jesus talks in parables is because the text is “open source”. This makes it vulnerable to attack by evil forces. There’s a great example of this in Matthew 4, when Jesus faces Satan in the desert for total control of the planet. This battle could have been like “The Avengers” movie with lasers, explosions, and wormholes to deliver armies of alien soldiers, but instead, the first shot in the war for all of eternity was, “turn these stones into bread”?

Matthew 4: 1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. 2 After He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, He was hungry. 3 Then the tempter approached Him and said, ‘If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.’

4 But Jesus answered, ‘It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

5 Then the Devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, ‘If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:

He will give His angels orders concerning you, and they will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’

7 Jesus told him, ‘It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God.’

8 Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 And he said to Him, ‘I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me.’

10 Then Jesus told him, ‘Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him.’

11 Then the Devil left Him, and immediately angels came and began to serve Him.

See how Jesus and Satan fight each other for control of the planet with the verses from the Bible? Candidly, that fight was pretty nerdy. This battle sounds more like two lawyers in a contract dispute than a battle to control the universe. 📜

The most troubling part of this story is when Satan quotes the Bible. Here, he quotes Psalm 91. How scary is that? See, Satan doesn’t need faith to believe in God. Satan already knows there’s a God, he just doesn’t want to bow down to God. Satan doesn’t want you to bow down to God either, which is why Satan knows the Bible better than you.


Satan knows the words in the Bible, but he just doesn’t understand them all. See, the word Satan means “Adversary”. Satan is the opposite of Jesus, so he only understands selfishness. In the next chapter, we’ll read from Ezekiel 28 to see how and why Satan became that way. Selfishness is why the Satan wanted Jesus to turn the stones into bread—this would have been the only time in the Bible when Jesus used his magical powers to SERVE HIMSELF.

Jesus was all in on sharing.

The biggest temptation in the battle between Jesus and Satan was the final one. Jesus knew he was going to inherit all the kingdoms of this world, but he also knew he would have to be murdered to accept them. So in verse 8, Satan makes an amazing offer: if Jesus will simply bow down, he can have the prize at the end for free!

See, when your enemy can read your playbook, it’s really important to encode the most sensitive data. So that’s why Jesus taught in parables…the metaphors must be applied to another context to be fully understood.

Tools for Deobfuscation

Deobfuscating the Bible is something that each person must do for themselves. In the Torah, just after Moses dies, God instructs Joshua on exactly how to do this.

Joshua 1: 7 Above all, be strong and very courageous to carefully observe the whole instruction My servant Moses commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right or the left, so that you will have success wherever you go. 8 This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do. 9 Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

So the recommended way to deobfuscate the Bible is to carefully observe it day and night. If you read out loud while you carefully observe, even better.

When I first began my Bible research, I didn’t have the best tools to do this. In 2015, I met a man who completely changed my Bible reading game. I was walking the trail around Town Lake in Austin while listening to an audiobook with large, over-the-ear headphones. So I sat down on a park bench to rest beside an older black guy and noticed his stack of books had a large, purple Bible. We just nodded hello and kept reading our books.

Town Lake, Austin, Texas

Eventually, I said to him, “Hey, I noticed your bible. I listen to it every morning”.

He replied, “Oh that’s great. I listen to it all night long.”

Intrigued, I asked, “All night? What kind of headphones do you use?”

“Oh, just cheap ones from Walmart”, he said, but slowly his answer turned into a story. This guy proceeded to tell me his entire testimony about how he stabbed a guy and went to jail, found God in solitary confinement, and how listening to the Bible all night had totally transformed his life.

As he talked, I felt the strangest feeling come over me like I needed to go jump in the water so he could baptize me. So I interrupted and said, “Hey, I think you may be here to baptize me in that lake”.

He replied, “That’s not what I do. I baptize in the Holy Spirit. I’m not even supposed to be in Austin, I work for a fiber optic company out of Atlanta and we’re doing a job nearby. The Spirit told me to drive here, sit on this bench, and wait”.

I was completely incredulous so I asked, “How do you know that you’re waiting for me?”

He said, “Your headphones. They always send me to people who are into technology and communications.” 😳

Well I was definitely the right guy, so I asked him to do whatever he came to do and it changed my life. I asked Brother Mike to become my personal Bible coach and for the next six months, we spent hours each week reading the Bible together over the phone. He’s the first person who taught me about the metaphors for the numbers, the birds, and even the trees.

You definitely want to be more like a cypress tree than a fig tree. 

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I’ve tested several different sleep headphones over the past eight years, but I still use cheap bluetooth headphones from Amazon. I have a second pair so one is always charged.

I’ve tested several audio-bible apps and I currently use Dwell. I pay $30/year for whatever premium upgrade. The reason I like the Dwell app is that it allows me to create my own playlist. I created a playlist called “The Inspired Order” and added each book of the Bible in the original order before it was reshuffled by Saint Jerome.

Here’s a short blog post about the original order of the scrolls if you’re interested. The order you choose doesn't matter, just listen to all of it. Psalm 1 says a person who listens to the Bible day and night is like a tree planted next to streams of water—just like a cypress tree.

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What I like about this method of hearing at night is that when my eyes are closed, I have more total attention to imagine the story. Some nights I listen fully intrigued, some nights the stories put me straight to sleep. You may think there’s no benefit to listening to the Bible while you're sleeping, but after cycling through it hundreds of times, I disagree. Our language processor doesn’t stop working while we sleep. If I start my playlist around Timothy or Titus, I sometimes wake up sweating through my pajamas when I’m hearing Revelation.

The reason we need so many repetitions to deobfuscate the Bible is because it breaks up its stories into pieces and spreads them all around the text, just like software obfuscators do with source code.

For example, let's say you want to learn about King David. Most of that story is provided in 1 and 2 Samuel. But if you keep listening, David’s genealogy is provided in Ruth. If you keep listening, David’s instructions from his death bed to Solomon are in 1 Kings. If you keep listening, David’s hopes and dreams are provided in Psalms. You will learn something different about King David in:

  • Ruth

  • 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel

  • 1 and 2 Kings

  • 1 and 2 Chronicles

  • Ezra

  • Nehemiah

  • Psalms

  • Proverbs

  • Ecclesiastes

  • Song of Solomon

  • Isaiah

  • Jeremiah

  • Ezekiel

  • Hosea

  • Amos

  • Zechariah

  • Matthew

  • Mark

  • Luke

  • John

  • Acts

  • Romans

  • 2 Timothy

  • Hebrews

  • Revelation

Learning the Bible is just like learning a foreign language—the longer you listen, the faster your “System 1” neural network will put all the pieces together for you.

If I could only influence you to make one change to your entire life from reading this book, it would be to buy $20 sleep headphones and listen to the Bible at night.

If I could only influence you to make two changes to your entire life from reading this book, it would be to listen to the Bible at night and watch Andy Stanley on YouTube once each week. I don’t know him and he doesn’t pay me to say that, he’s just the best explainer of the Bible that I’ve found on the Internet.

Upgrading to the Interlinear

The next tool that really improved my deobfuscation game was the Interlinear Bible.

When I started my Bible research, I only used English translations of the Bible. The problem with this is the Old Testament is mostly written in ancient Hebrew, which has only 8,674 distinct words. The English language has over 400,000 distinct words. English words are so much more precise and scientific, which ironically means English translations are more limited to the human translator's own scientific understanding of the universe.

For example, let's say you want to know if the universe was really created in seven days. “Day” is an English word. The original Hebrew word we translate into “day” is “yome”. Yome typically refers to the working day and daylight hours. But the syntax, grammar, and conjugation of Hebrew is different from English, so depending on how yome is used within a sentence affects which English word the translator selects. Yome is used 2,303 times in the Old Testament. Here are all the various English words the translators of the New American Standard Bible used to replace yome. I’ve bolded any English words that were used more than 10 times.

afternoon* (1), age (8), age* (1), all (1), always* (14), amount* (2), battle (1), birthday* (1), Chronicles* (38), completely* (1), continually* (14), course* (1), daily (22), daily the days (1), day (1115), day of the days (1), day that the period (1), day's (6), day's every day (1), daylight* (1), days (635), days on the day (1), days to day (1), days you shall daily (1), days ago (1), days' (11), each (1), each day (4), entire (2), eternity (1), evening* (1), ever in your life* (1), every day (2), fate (1), first (5), forever* (11), forevermore* (1), full (5), full year (1), future* (1), holiday* (3), later* (2), length (1), life (12), life* (1), lifetime (2), lifetime* (1), live (1), long (2), long as i live (1), long* (11), midday* (1), now (5), older* (1), once (2), period (3), perpetually* (2), present (1), recently (1), reigns (1), ripe* (1), short-lived* (1), so long* (1), some time (1), survived* (2), time (45), time* (1), times* (2), today (172), today* (1), usual (1), very old* (1), when(10), when the days (1), whenever (1), while (3), whole (2), year (10), yearly (5), years (13), yesterday* (1).

So which is it? Was the universe created in 7 days? 7 years? 7 always-es? 7 birthdays? 7 periods? 7 nows? or 7-forevers?

Whenever I hear English speakers argue about anything in the Bible, I just walk away. For the record, I think God can travel around the universe, make planets, and seed them with people in 7 days. Anything kids can do in video games, God can do in reality.

If you wanna hear the rest of my reasoning, you’ll need to wade through all the Quantum Mechanics in:

There are more than 100 different English translations of the Bible, and none of them are the only one that is “right”. So when I’m with people who are reading from the Bible, I google the verses and add the word “interlinear”.

Let’s try it out. Here’s a google search for “John 1:1 interlinear”. I like the Interlinear Bible at the best. If Bible Hub isn’t your first search result, keep clicking on it and Google will eventually get smarter. The result you’re looking for should look like this:

On BibleHub’s Interlinear Bible you can still read the English words, but now you also get to see the original words written on the scrolls by the real Moses, David, Solomon, Matthew, Luke, John, Paul, and Peter from thousands of years ago. It’s so cool. This Bible is “interlinear” because each word is grouped with its pronunciation, translations, part of speech, and Strong’s Concordance number for easy research.

Let’s look at an example together. Click on the link above, find Biblehub, then read the first sentence until you find the word “Word”, as in “In the beginning was the Word”. It should look like this:


In the middle of the stack is the original symbols inscribed by John 2,000 years ago. Above it, “Logos” is the transliteration. That’s basically how that word would sound to an English speaker today. Below the original symbol, “Word” is the most common English translation. On the bottom is the part of speech, here “N” means it’s a noun and the rest of the letters are qualifiers (nominative, masculine, singular). The number at the top, 3056, is the most important datapoint for research—that’s the Strong’s Concordance number. If you tap on the the link for 3056, it will look like this:

Every word in the Bible has a Strong’s Concordance number. If you tap on that number it will provide you with the definition, phonetic sound, “word cloud” of English words from the New American Standard translation, commentaries, and a link to every place that root word occurs in the Bible. Here are all the other ways Logos is translated into English in the Bible:

account (7), account* (1), accounting (2), accounts (2), answer (1), appearance (1), complaint (1), exhortation* (1), have to do (1), instruction (1), length* (1), matter (4), matters (1), message (10), news (3), preaching (1), question (2), reason (2), reasonable (1), remark (1), report (1), said (1), say (1), saying (4), sayings (1), speaker (1), speech (10), statement (18), story (1), talk (1), teaching (2), thing (2), things (1), utterance (2), what he says (1), what* (1), word (179), words (61).

Logos is is where we get the English word “Logic”. A logo is a design. You can decide whatever that means for yourself.

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There are plenty of occasions where the interlinear Bible just isn’t practical, so a few years ago I performed a science experiment to decide which was the best English translation for me. The English translations are all very similar, but today I prefer the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB).

Here’s a short blogpost from another bible nerd who explains my reasons better than me.

Email this to your Bible Study group.


I researched the entire Bible this way. I didn’t expect to be a young Earth creationist when I started out on this journey to understand why we’re all here, but I’m a math nerd that really likes puzzles, and the Bible has been the most fun math puzzle I’ve ever found. So if you’re ready to hear the Bible like you’ve never heard it before, lets start before the beginning…

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