Using Blockchain Technology to Explain the Bible

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Technology is a great tool but I'll also be the first to tell you that technology has made the already wide gap between knowledge and understanding even wider. I can rely on my GPS to get me somewhere without ever paying attention to how I got there in order to find my way back. Speaking to something like "alexa" can give you the answer to a math problem without you ever needing to grab a pen and paper to break it down. The list goes on but we all know that there is no going back from technology. Our best option is to use it as a tool for good. Now that we have that taken care of, let's talk bible and tech. Definitely not hi-tech, so relax. I'm not going to go all tech on this piece especially knowing that not everyone is tech savvy. My goal is and has always been to keep things as simple as possible.

Science drives the need for technology because it creates demand for more instruments to address scientific questions. And in reverse, technology drives science by creating new tools, which generates demand for better research. This is why you often hear people say "Science and Technology" in the same breath because they compliment each other, just like peanut butter and jelly in a sandwich. Much has been said about how you can use Science to explain or support the Bible truth but the later part (Technology) is just as important. This piece will focused on how Technology can be used to explain or support the Bible truth- I'll try to make it a loaded but very short piece.

Shared Ledger also known as Distributed Ledger Technology(DLT) has been around for ages but rarely used to reach its potential. Depending on your point of view, it is now revolutionizing or disrupting the financial industry in the form of blockchain and with things like Bitcoin (BTC), Stellar Lumens (XLM), Ethereum (ETH) and other token based projects.
Most of you have heard of the word "Crypto-currency" and "Blockchain" being used a lot in the last few years. Blockchain uses a kind of math that is often called cryptography. This is a simple way of saying several computers in different location agree that something is correct. When multiple independent witnesses give a similar account on one event, it becomes very easy to believe or accept it as true. This is exactly what "blockchain" is and no need to go deeper. Don't let the tech words throw you off. The only difference here is that, the multiple "witnesses" are different computers in different locations agreeing together. This is better than one computer or one witness in one location that can be manipulated.
I know almost every consumer report contain errors but I'll use it as an example to help bring this picture to life. Think about the three leading credit agencies (Experian, Equifax, Transunion) in the USA for example. Someone said her name is "Mary Jocobs" and needs a mortgage loan. To verify a consumer information, the lender may pull data from all 3 agencies to see if the data is in agreement with her claim. Now imagine all three agencies show Mary's name as "Mary Jacobs" or if two of the three only shows it as "Mary Jacobs" with the third showing as "Mary Jacob" - with no 's' attached. It becomes easy for you to conclude that her Last or Surname name is spelled with the "s" just like she said (Jacobs).

Abraham InetianborNow imagine if there were fifty credit or consumer agencies instead of three and 49 or all 50 of them spelled her name as "Mary Jacobs" with the 's' attached. I'm sure this will erase all doubt as to if the 's' should be there or not. This is why everyone is going crazy and becoming a blockchain believer. The Bible has sixty-six books (39/27) comprising of the old and new testaments respectively. The books are of different witness accounts linked together in support of each other. Example: If I want to become a child of God and I see a verse about baptism as being essential to becoming a child of God, I may not think much of it or think of it as important (even though I should). What happens when 15-20 verses are independently saying the same thing? We understand bible content through the context and we confirm the context through cross-referencing different book, chapter, and/or verse.
  • All the Blocks in a blockchain works exactly the same with each block linked together to form a chain in agreement. This is the definition of cross-referencing the scriptures. Your belief on the importance of baptism should skyrocket with all the corroborating verses being crossed referenced like the chart attached.
Abraham InetianborA blockchain is regarded as the most accurate, simply based on the consistency of the similarities in the information being delivered by these different blocks on the chain. The books of the bible works the same way when cross-referenced and the icing on the cake is the divine inspiration behind it. Now, pretend that these cited scriptures are all individual BLOCKS in a BLOCKCHAIN. Cross-reference these scriptures with similarities on how to become saved from sin. Now, tell me that baptism is NOT important to salvation. My response to you will be - "YOUR HEART IS HARDENED" - (Hebrews 3:7-10; Jeremiah 18:12; 2 Timothy 4:3-4) and you truly need prayers. It's one thing not to know the truth but it's something else to finally see the truth and deny it. If you have your bible, then it's time to diligently seek Him.

Lastly, blockchain is in chronological order to validate the truth about the road traveled and origin of a transaction. So each time a block is "complete," it gives way for the next block on the chain while staying connected. If you understand how this works, you should have no trouble understanding the overall picture of the bible dispensation and how we got here (the Christian age or Era). Different eras, yet connected. The Bible is in a chronological order starting from creation in Genesis through the ages (Patriarch, Mosaic, Christian) and unto the promise of glorification in Revelation. Every completed era gave way for the next while staying independent yet connected.

The Patriarchs had their time and the flood destroyed the earth (Genesis 6:6-9)
The Mosaic generation had their chance but Jesus took the heat (Romans 8:3)
The Christian generation is now and God is done with excuses (Acts 17:30)

Please, don't email or call me about the thief on the cross because John 17:1-2 proves that Jesus had the authority go give eternal life to anyone including the thief on the cross. And the Christian age did not start until the day of Pentecost in the second chapter of the book of Acts. He is Jesus Christ - should we even question His authority for doing anything? I hope not.

Acts 8:5-12 - "...when they believed...they were baptized..."

1 Peter 3:21 - "...baptism that now saves you..."

Acts 2:38- 41 - "...repent and be baptized...those who accepted his message were baptized..."

John 3:5 - " one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water..."

Acts 8:36-38 - "...what can stand in my way of being baptized...and Philip baptized him..."

Mark 16:16 - "...whoever believes and is baptized will be saved..."

Acts 9:18-19 - "...he got up and was baptized..."

Galatians 3:27 - " who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ..."

Acts 10:47  - " one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water...he ordered that they be baptized..."

Romans 6:3-4 - "...baptized into Christ...were therefore buried with Him through baptism..."

Acts 16:15 - "...she and the members of her household were baptized..."

Colossian 2:12 - "...buried with Him in baptism..."

Acts 16:33 - "...he and all his household were baptized..."

Acts 19:5-6 - "...on hearing this, they were baptized..."

Matthew 28:18-20 - "...make disciples of all nation, baptizing them..."

Acts 22:16 - " baptized and wash your sins away..."

For the sake of transparency, I think I need a disclaimer on this one. 
Disclaimer: I have shared interest in "blockchain technology" but my shared interest is in the technological space of Blockchain development for everyday use, and not on any particular project that may or may not have been mentioned in this piece. Any reference that may be used is for clarity and examples only and NOT a recommendation for any products or services.

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