Say, are those True Bible Decoder people still at it?

Hey, remember how we were occasionally checking in on the fun folks over at The Lords’ Witnesses and the True Bible Code website to see how many guesses they’d make on when the U.N. was going to be blown up by a dirty bomb before they finally threw up their hands and admitted defeat? We started all the way back on June 8, 2006 with an entry about their dire predictions of death and destruction and we checked in again on June 12, 2006, August 23, 2006, August 29, 2006, November 16, 2006, and finally April 1, 2007. The last time we stopped by their site they were up to guess number 30 and still striking out, though they at least had the decency to stop pestering the news media every time they pushed the date back well before they reached that point.

I made a prediction quite awhile back that these yahoos would never give up guessing, wrongly, about when the U.N. would be blown up by a dirty bomb and it looks like I’m still much better at foreseeing the future than the idiots at the The Lords’ Witnesses and the True Bible Code website. Since we last checked in they have made an additional 32 guesses, 31 of which have been wrong which brings their current total of predictions to a whopping 62 predictions that utterly failed to come true. Here’s their next prediction:

Our new predicted date is 2007Heshvan18 [before Sundown Thursday November 15th, 2007 – Ed], this being the month at the end of the 70 weeks of years of Daniel 9 that started with the protestant reformation when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, and this day being the only weekly sabbath day in late Booths, and being the 3rd hour of the month of Heshvan on a 24 hour timetable for the month in accordance with Acts 2

As an example of the Immunity to Reality that comes with being a True Believer™ it’s hard to beat The Lords’ Witnesses. No matter how many times their predictions are proven wrong by the simple passage of time and the U.N.‘s stubborn refusal to be blown up by a dirty bomb, they just keep shifting those goal posts another week or two down the calendar and then tell themselves that this time, by golly, they’ve got it right! I used to think that they’d get bored or grow tired or at least try to cover up the fact that they’ve been wrong so many times so as not to drive away potential converts, but I’ll at least give them credit for being honest enough to reveal what lousy Bible Decoders they really are.

You really have to wonder how it is they can keep believing in the nonsense they’re peddling after being disappointed so many times over so long a period. My cynical side would say it’s proof positive that strong faith makes you stupid.

21 thoughts on “Say, are those True Bible Decoder people still at it?

  1. Arguably, they’re being scientific.  As experimental data demonstrates their hypothesis is wrong (by the world not ending), they revisit it and formulate a new one.

    Their premises, of course, are way off-kilter (even from an orthodox Christian standpoint, “None knows the day or hour”), but at least their methodology from those premises is somewhat admirable.

  2. Arguably, they’re being scientific.  As experimental data demonstrates their hypothesis is wrong (by the world not ending), they revisit it and formulate a new one.

    Maybe so, but part of being scientific is using appropriate formulas. Not just picking random numbers out of a book and guessing at what they mean.

    Geez, don’t give em too much credit. I don’t think they need anymore motivation.  tongue wink

  3. All it takes is for one guess to be remotely close ti beubg “correct” (through interpretation, of course).  That’s all the motivation they need.

  4. “All it takes is for one guess to be remotely close to being “correct” (through interpretation, of course).  That’s all the motivation they need.”

    is what I meant to state.  Of course the spelling was satirical …

  5. Being fascinated by their tenacity, for a while I hung around their forum (now, alas, closed to new members, because of porn spammers- tough luck, guys!) to try to figure out what made them tick, and maybe convince a few to think.  No such luck (as far as I know).

    As far as I can figure out, there’s one head honcho (“Gordon”) who comes up with all the code stuff, but he almost never showed up at the forum- I posted far more than he did.  Then there are a couple of sycophants who answer questions about interpretation.  All in all, I would guess that there are (or were) no more than twenty members all told.  As far as I can tell, there’s no money involved.  Jehovah’s Witnesses have always enjoyed predicting the end of the world (they have done so at least five times) and as an ex-JW, Gordon is doing his tradition proud.

  6. Its too bad they didn’t adopt the Sollog method.  You make a prediction, and then announce that some event fits your prediction no matter how far off it is.  Predict a giant earthquake will hit San Francisco on July 12th, and when a small earthquake occurs in Peru on July 15th claim your prediction was accurate because it occured on a supposed line that runs between San Francisco and Peru.

  7. My cynical side would say it’s proof positive that strong faith makes you stupid.

    I’d say you’re being overly nice here, Les. More likely it’s your rational side that would say this. I know mine would.

  8. Dude, what is up with these destroying the UN fantasies that the wingnuts on the right have, anyway.  Sheesh, why can’t they jack off to bondage porn like normal kinks?  Gives fetish a bad name, I tell ya…  wink

  9. Sub, you liked the orange that much, eh? Well I’m working on Autumn hued version of the template so perhaps you’ll like that one as well.

    Welcome THFM.

    CG, not sure why they feel it has to be the U.N. that gets blown up. Not like there aren’t plenty of other interesting targets out there.

  10. not sure why they feel it has to be the U.N. that gets blown up. Not like there aren’t plenty of other interesting targets out there.

    Actually it’s a remarkable tribute to the UN that it’s granted the significance that it is among the John Birch and Biblical Prophecy types.

  11. Arguably, they’re being scientific.  As experimental data demonstrates their hypothesis is wrong (by the world not ending), they revisit it and formulate a new one.

    The problem is their methodology is wrong.

    “If I throw the apple up in the air it will float… Okay, it should have been an orange… no we mean a pear… pineapple… kumquat… tomato…”

  12. All I have to say to those bible decoder morons is…..Can’t get it right? Shut the hell up and find a new hobby! I hear needle point is nice grin

  13. I thought you guys might want some insight into the background of Gordon Ritchie – the dirty bomb doomster.

    I’ve actually met this idiot several times.

    First thing you realise about him is that he doesn’t believe in washing – he stinks like shit. I guess he missed bible stuff about hygiene.

    More, importantly, Gordon Ritchie is completely mental. He actually believes that he is an equal and a successor to the great scientist Isaac Newton. Apparently Newton was into bible codes, but Gordon Ritchie thinks he’s cracked it where the great scientist failed. Actually Gordon is the one whose cracked. At least Newton left a legacy of incredible scientific breakthroughs and insights. Gordon Ritchie will leave behind a trail of loony ramblings on the web. His sheer arrogance leaves you breathless!

    Gordon Ritchie apparently got chucked out of the Jehovah’s Witnesses as his beliefs are even more barmy than there’s. He seems obsessed with getting back at them, by out prophesying them. They must be really shitting themselves at JW HQ – probably from laughing too much.

    Another thing about this guy is that he has an obsession with wheat prices – yes, apparently the good book has codes that reveal future wheat prices and he actually trade this. Now I’m no scholar, but I have strong doubts that the bible reveals the trajectory of wheat prices as listed on the Chicago Board of Trade in dollars in the early 21st century. I could be wrong, but somehow, I think the bible is more of a religious thing.

    I think he got thrown out of Uni as well and couldn’t finish his PhD. Something about being smarter than the Prof. 

    This self made nutcase, made his money from junk faxing, which must have driven thousands of people mad. But he made millions from it and spent on, you guessed it, pushing his pseudo-bible babble. For the millions he’s spent on it, he’s probably got no more than 30-40 followers and the ones I’ve met are pretty vacant in the brain department.

    Before that he was doing mortgage fraud, which he got busted for. Hardly, the makings of a saint. Now I think he runs some half baked IT company called Hyperos Systems.  I remember him telling me that he wants to take on Bill Gates’ evil empire, Microsoft.  He thinks Hyperos will make him a billionaire.

    Gordon Ritchie basically suffers from a Messiah complex among other things. Half the inmates in a lunatic asylum either think they’re Christ, Hitler or Napoleon.

    He actually thinks himself and his religion, the Lord’s Witnesses are all prophesied in the bible.

    Anyway, I just thought you guys might find this interesting.

  14. Well, as the March 21st 2008 date passed, and the “Kingdom of God” has begun, they are now predicting a nuclear bomb on UK also!

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