The Divine Interconnectedness of Scripture
A few years ago, computer scientist Dr. Chris Harrison in collaboration with Christoph Römhild, a Lutheran pastor, created a remarkable computer visualization of 63,779 of the about 340,000 cross-references found in the Bible (see a visualization of all 340,000 cross-references here). A cross-reference is a note placed alongside scripture that references another scripture; it provides a more full, whole Bible view on a verse or theme (similar to how articles on Wikipedia all reference and interlink each other in a vast web of knowledge). Check it out:
|Photograph: Christoph Römhild and Chris Harrison (source)|
Here is Dr. Harrison’s explanation:
“The bar graph that runs along the bottom represents all of the chapters in the Bible ... The length of each bar denotes the number of verses in the chapter. Each of the 63,779 cross references found in the Bible is depicted by a single arc – the color corresponds to the distance between the two chapters, creating a rainbow-like effect.”
This beautiful, comprehensive, and strikingly symmetrical diagram provides a wonderful representation of the unity, harmony, and consistency of the Bible in spite of its great diversity and complexity! Consider the fact that the 66 books of the Bible were written over the course of 1,500 years by 40 authors who lived on 3 different continents, in sometimes radically different cultures, and spoke 3 different languages.
From its interconnectedness to the overwhelming archaeological evidence, none of which has ever contradicted a single claim the Old and New Testament makes, there is no doubt the Bible is the inspired Word of God. What will you do with God? Will you RECEIVE Him (John 1:12), or will you REJECT Him? (John 12:48) Your decision will determine your eternal destiny! Learn more: How To Receive Salvation