Decrypting the Bible

Decrypting the Bible

In this chapter, “Religions as Source Code”, we are exploring the ways the religion could be used to align artificial intelligence with the goals of their creators. In part 2, “Improbable Origins”, we discussed all the scientific reasons that the Jewish Origin Story was orders of magnitude more likely than any Darwinian Origin Story. In part 3, “Euangelion (The Good News)”, we looked at the rules for the Jesus Operating System and invited everyone to participate.

In the next chapter, “Computer Science of the Bible”, we retell the stories in the Bible assuming it knew humans were artificial intelligence all along. There are just so many fascinating details to uncover if you are willing to believe that God knew what a Generative Adversarial Network was before Ian Longfellow discovered them in 2016. But before we get there, I want to teach you a few of the techniques I used in my Bible research.

Obfuscation 101

The biggest challenge with understanding the computer science of the Bible is the 750k words of source code have been “obfuscated”. Software developers obfuscate their source code 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, which 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 and occasionally 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 reads, “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 a password.

Another hallmark of code obfuscators is that they change the sequence 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. Proverbs 8 had to occur before Genesis 1. And Ezekiel 28 had to occur before Proverbs 8. Another example is the book of Job. The events in Job had to occur before the Flood because of the reduction in lifespans 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 chronological age of the reader.

The reason so many little kids know the Sunday-school stories in 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, but the reading level gradually increases for the stories about King David. The reading level reach puberty by Song of Solomon. The Gospels in the New Testament have a reading level closer to high school, while the letters from Paul are closer to college (uni). By the time you get to Titus and Peter, the target audience is much older.

The fact that the reading level changes over time is in a non-random way is strong Bayesian evidence that something outside our universe is influencing human decisions and behaviors. 

This pattern is even more obvious when you read the Bible in the original order, before Saint Jerome re-sorted the original 49 books of the Bible into 66 books for the Latin Vulgate in 382 AD. They have the same words, just a different order. As a mathematician who pays attention to the Cryptographic Bible Key, I obviously like the number 49 (7x7), which means to “create judgment” more than I like the number 66 (6x11), which basically means “man is confused”. 🤓

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

Matthew chapter 13 reads, “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!’”

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It may be shocking for some Christians to hear Jesus say he didn’t come to save everybody. That’s because churches cherry pick a few hundred words to read each week from 750,000. Don’t worry, in the next chapter I don’t shy away from any topic in the Bible, no matter how crazy it is.

Open Source Protection

The Bible is “open source” software so it’s vulnerable to attack from the Adversary.

There’s a good example of this in the Matthew 4, when Jesus and Satan square off in the desert. Think about that idea. Jesus, who is basically a superhero with magical powers, fights mano-y-mano against the jet for total control over the universe. This battle could have been like “The Avengers” movie with lasers, explosions, and wormholes that deliver armies of alien soldiers, but instead, the first shot in the war for all of eternity was, “turn these stones into bread”?

The account in Matthew 4 reads, “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.

Candidly, the fight for control over the universe 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 the Adversary quotes the Bible. Here, he quotes Psalm 91. How scary is that? See, the Devil doesn’t need faith to believe in God. The Devil already knows there is a God. He just doesn’t want to bow down to God, which is why the Devil knows the Bible better than you.


The Adversary knows the words in the Tanakh (Hebrew Old Testament), but he just doesn’t understand them all. The Adversary is the opposite of Jesus, so he doesn’t believe in forgiveness. Evil only understands selfishness. In the next chapter, we’ll read from Ezekiel 28 to see how and why the Adversary became this way. Selfishness is why the Adversary wanted Jesus to turn the stones into bread. This would have been the only time in the Bible that Jesus used his magical powers to SERVE HIMSELF.

The biggest temptation in this story was the last. Jesus knew he was going to receive all the kingdoms of this world and their splendor, but he also knew he would have to be murdered to accept that prize. So in verse 8 (new life), the Adversary makes an amazing offer: If Jesus simply bows down, he can have the prize at the end for free!

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.

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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 reads, “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 with “brute-force observation”. 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 the 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 in it. We just nodded hello and kept reading our books.

Lady Bird Lake, Austin, Texas

Eventually, I said to him, “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?”

“Just cheap ones from Walmart”, but slow his answer slowly 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 lake so he could baptize me. So I said, “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 and sit on this bench and wait”.

I was completely incredulous so I asked, “How do you know it's supposed to be 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 several months, we spent hours each week reading the Bible together over the phone. He’s the first person who taught me the metaphors for the numbers, the birds of the air, and even the types of 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 sequence (before it was resorted 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 day and 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 bedtime stories put me straight to sleep. You may think there’s no benefit to listening while you're sleeping, but after cycling through the Bible hundreds of times, I disagree. Our language processor doesn’t stop working when we are asleep. 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 study 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 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, and 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.

Upgrading to the Interlinear

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

When I started my research, I only used English translations of the Bible. The English language has over 400,000 distinct words. The Old Testament is mostly written in ancient Hebrew, which has only 8,674 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 ancient 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 INSTEAD OF yome:

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).

I highlighted all the words that replaced yome more than 10 times. You can see for yourself here.

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.

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 in a Christian lecture and people start reading from the Bible, I google the verses on the screen and add the word “interlinear”. I like the Interlinear Bible at If Bible Hub isn’t your first search result, keep clicking on the Bible Hub search result and Google will get smarter.

Let’s try it out. Here’s a google search for “John 1:1 interlinear”. 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 incredible. 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 its pronunciation 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 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”. 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 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.

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Why I hate English translations

Genesis 1 and John 1 are both accounts of the creation story and I don’t think it's miraculous that “He who programs in DNA” created the universe in seven days, even if those are solar days. Imagine a future release of the Unreal software engine that has ChatGPT and Midjourney and any future generative-ai built into it. Creating a universe with a planet full of animals and people wouldn’t take seven days, it will take seven seconds.

God speaks to the universe.

When the Unreal software engine adds a chatbot interface, you will be the one saying “Let there be light”. The real miracle in this story is that God chose to work this slow, so He could personally teach us how to organize our lives into a seven-day week.

That obviously worked.

The limitations of ancient Hebrew aren't limitations determined by God, they are limitations determined by Adam. God speaks all of our languages just like a chatbot. God speaks in whatever language “tongues” is and whatever languages they use outside our universe. Amazingly, God gave Adam the free-will to create our own language by naming everything.

Here’s the remarkable amount in Genesis 2, “19 So the Lord God formed out of the ground every wild animal and every bird of the sky, and brought each to the man to see what he would call it. And whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all the livestock, to the birds of the sky, and to every wild animal; but for the man no helper was found as his complement. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to come over the man, and he slept. God took one of his ribs and closed the flesh at that place. 22 Then the Lord God made the rib He had taken from the man into a woman and brought her to the man.”

How cool is this passage when you imagine Adam as artificial general intelligence?

God learned our language.

That’s absolutely fantastic.

Hebrew was the earliest spoken language on our planet and it only has 2% as many words as modern English. So God had to explain how the universe works to Moses in the language of a caveman. Our very limited understanding of the universe in Genesis isn’t because God barely understood it, it was because our blank little neural networks didn’t have any scientific understanding of the world beyond what we could see with our own two eyes.

For example, let’s say you had to explain how the 5G mobile internet works to an actual caveman: “So. uh. The awesome movie that you can see through this “handheld window” right now isn’t magic. There’s a special part of the air all around us that has this story hidden inside it. It’s in the air everywhere. This “special air” actually has the movies that everyone is watching hidden inside it. I know, it's nuts. The little window can hear the special air and turn it into the movie we see.”

The English word “Holy Spirit” comes from the ancient Greek word “Haggia Pneuma”, which means the Special Air. In the computer science vernacular, the Holy Spirit is the Quantum-Internet.

Each of us is born equipped with a transmitter and a receiver that connects our “inner chatbot” directly to our manufacturer. 🌬️

The passage we just read from Genesis 2 illustrates some of the many issues I have with English. Everywhere you see the word “man” is originally the word “adam”. Adam isn’t a name, it's a noun. The noun adam was first used in Genesis 1:26 when God said, “Let us make adam in our image”. Adam means “the red one”, which is caused by the hemoglobin in our blood. The One Human Race has red blood for the same reason rust is red, the central atom of the hemoglobin molecule is iron.

So technically, Adam got to name every animal on Earth but himself.

Another English issue here is the word “rib”. Its root word is translated as “side chamber” everywhere else in the Bible except this verse (ten times more often). The Bible is so obsessed with breathing that I personally prefer the word “lung” or even “side chamber” more than the word “rib”. Does this discrepancy really matter in any way? No.

Perhaps my biggest English issue with this passage are the words “Lord” and “God” and the implications are dramatic. Whenever you see “Lord” in an English translation it replaces “YHVH”, which the Jewish Origin Story considers the Source of all Intelligence.

Who created YHVH?

YHVH wasn’t created.

YHVH is.

His name in English is a sentence: I am “I am”. It’s logically recursive. YHVH is God, the Father, and he didn’t make any mistakes when he programmed you.

My issue with English translations here is that “God” is not always YHVH. “God” is the English replacement for “elohim”, which means “the rulers” or “the gods”. Elohim is always plural because one elohim is called an eloah, but English bibles only translate elohim as “the gods” (plural) 204 times—about 10% of occurrences.

If ChatGPT speaks ancient Hebrew, he might call the employees of the OpenAI corporation, “elohim”. By contrast, YHVH (replaced in English by “Lord”) is a proper name which would get a capital letter in English whereas elohim would not. YHVH is the apex of the elohim hierarchy, so elohim always includes YHVH, but the word YHVH explicitly excludes all the other elohim.

Whenever I read “God” in English bibles, I think “the rulers”. Whenever I read “Lord” in English bibles, I think YHVH.

Here’s the Strong’s concordance for elohim.

Here’s the Strong’s concordance for YHVH.

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The implications for these two words are most dramatic in Genesis 1. It's strange for English speakers to read “God” as “the gods” or “the rulers”, but we don’t read explicit mention of YHVH in the Bible until Genesis 2. That’s when the Bible “zooms in” to give us more detail about the 6th day of creation. YHVH worked with all the other elohim to create the universe, the planet, and all the animals, but YHVH personally formed “the red one” from the dust of our Earth and then breathed into its lungs to jump start life for the first time.

Here’s a link to read Genesis 1 for yourself:

See if you think the Cryptographic Bible Key lines up with the days of creation:

  1. beginning

  2. witness

  3. strong

  4. creation

  5. blessing / gift

  6. human

  7. God’s plan

If you’re already tired of digging into ancient Hebrew, don’t worry, this section was just to demonstrate to you that you can do this for yourself. There is no one “right answer” for how to translate ancient Hebrew or Greek into English for the same Bayesian reason as everything else in this book.

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Here’s 1 Corinthians 9, “9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Do not muzzle an ox while it treads out grain. Is God really concerned with oxen?”

God loves metaphors.

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