According to the Gematriculator SEB’s evil/good ratio comes out as follows:
Which, given our site’s name, is somewhat disheartening. Kinda reminds me of when I played Black and White and tried to be an evil God and ended up being a good God anyway.
Despite the humor this brings about there is a serious point I’d like to address here. Namely, the ridiculousness of the claims of some folks that The Bible has been proven to be true through an application of math. Specifically the Gematria method developed by Ivan Panin in 1890. Consider the following claim on the Gematriculator site:
The Gematriculator is a service that uses the infallible methods of Gematria developed by Mr. Ivan Panin to determine how good or evil a web site or a text passage is.
Basically, Gematria is searching for different patterns through the text, such as the amount of words beginning with a vowel. If the amount of these matches is divisible by a certain number, such as 7 (which is said to be God’s number), there is an incontestable argument that the Spirit of God is ever present in the text. Another important aspect in gematria are the numerical values of letters: A=1, B=2 … I=9, J=10, K=20 and so on. The Gematriculator uses Finnish alphabet, in which Y is a vowel.
Experts consider the mathematical patterns in the text of the Holy Bible as God’s watermark of authenticity. Thus, the Gematriculator provides only results that are absolutely correct.
Now here’s the rub: I came across this little exercise in silliness at ***Dave Does The Blog and I generally consider Dave himself to be much less evil in his viewpoints than I myself am, yet Dave’s site was ranked as 58% Good and 42% Evil! I’m as incredulous as Dave is that my site is somehow considered much less evil than his and it calls into question the methods of analysis being used. So I thought I’d see what happens when I turned this rating method loose on some other sites that are usually considered as being more in the “good” category than the “evil” one. Here’s what I came up with:
- The 700 Club – 48% Evil and 52% Good
- Creation Science Evangelism “Dr.” Kent Hovind’s site – 67% Evil and 33% Good
- Southern Baptist Convention – 46% Evil and 54% Good
- Boy Scouts of America – 29% Evil and 71% Good
- White House.gov – 11% Evil and 89% Good
- Cindyisms (My sister’s site) – 39% Evil and 61% Good
Granted, the Gematriculator is basing it’s determination on the content of the front page of each website and that can change from day to day so there could be days when SEB is more evil than it is today, or even after I finish this entry, but this should help illustrate why I dismiss the Bible Code nutcases out of hand when they show up in the comments here. Math, like logic, is a tool that can be invaluable in analyzing and making deductions about various things, but like any tool it can be misused and produce results that don’t actually reflect the truth.
Update: After posting this entry my ratio changed to 32% evil, 68% good.