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The God Code: The Secret of Our Past, the Promise of Our Future Hardcover – January 30, 2004

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Author and computer systems designer Gregg Braden wrapped this entire book around the premise that God's name is literally encoded into every human body. According to Braden's logic, the basic elements of DNA--hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen and carbon--directly translate into specific letters of the Hebrew alphabets (YHVA), which then translate into the original name of God. Braden's hope is that knowing that God's signature is carried within each cell of the estimated six billion humans on earth will give humankind the evidence we need to overcome our differences and renew our faith:

Beyond Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Shinto, Native, Aboriginal, white, black, red, or yellow; man, woman, or child, the message reminds us that we are human. As humans, we share the same ancestors and exist as the children of the same Creator. In the moments that we doubt this one immutable truth, we need look no further than the cells of our body to be reminded. This is the power of the message within our cells.

One could argue that this melding of spirituality and science may be the next frontier in human evolution. Nonetheless, skeptics could also argue that this DNA=YHVA equation is an eerie coincidence, instead of a quantum breakthrough--like folding a $20 bill in a certain shape and seeing the twin towers in flames (Braden dispels such skepticism by asserting that the "odds that this relationship has occurred by chance are approximately 1 in 200,000"). This is neither a consistent or easy read. Some passages are filled with dense, analytical stretches of cross referencing ancient texts with modern science. Others are more prosaic as Braden explains his beautifully optimistic hope for peace on Earth. --Gail Hudson

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In this dense, tangent-filled book, bestselling author Braden (The Isaiah Effect) argues that every human being has the name of God literally embedded in his or her DNA. Braden's research relies heavily on the kabalistic technique of assigning numerical values to each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. He begins by correlating the essential elements of the human body (hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen and carbon) to their Hebrew equivalents, then he calculates their alpha/numeric values and finds that these elements spell out the Hebrew letters for God-YHVH. Braden attempts to make his explanations of this complicated process clear and free of scientific jargon. Despite his efforts, however, the chapters tend to drag, and the book contains many unnecessary digressions. He actually spends the first half of the volume discussing the theories of creationism and evolutionism, so that he doesn't reach his God-DNA arguments until midway through the book. After he does explain his finding, Braden spends the last section of the book ruminating on its possible implications. He speculates that "through the primal act of creating human life, God shared a part of himself as he 'breathed his breath' into our species." He wonders if "we will allow...the diversity within Christian, Hebrew, and Muslim values" to divide the world irrevocably. He speaks of scientists who believe it is possible for humans to one day live in a perfect world, free from disease, decay and war, should man truly understand that every person, no matter what race or religion, is made of the same stuff, and made by the same creator. Braden's message of unity is an appealing one, but this book's rambling style makes for a laborious read.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (January 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401902995
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401902995
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Phyllis L. Swenson on December 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If ever there is a modern day prophet alive today it is Gregg Braden. I can only describe his latest book, The God Code, in one glorious word: "WOW!" I received my copy of the book on Christmas Eve from Amazon.com and what a great holiday gift it is. I've read Gregg's previous books, Awakening to Zero Point, Walking Between the Worlds and The Isaiah Effect, and loved them. But, in my opinion, The God Code is his greatest achievement. Within the pages of the book, Gregg reveals a coded message which has been found within the molecules of life, deep within the DNA in each cell of our bodies. He compares the DNA and chemical elements within our bodies with the ancient Hebrew letters for God and deciphers an equation of life that reveals a hidden code which shows that God exists in our bodies and that God's essence is written within our own DNA molecules. According to Gregg, the code of God that is written in our DNA supports, sustains and brings us hope "when the events of our lives test us beyond reason. The message within our cells stands as a living and immutable symbol, a touchstone reminding us that we are not alone; we are here 'on purpose', as the result of an intentional act of creation; we are inextricably linked to one another and all life; and we share a unique trait - the essence of God - in a way that sets us apart from all other life on Earth." This astounding discovery, if understood and accepted fully, can be a catalyst that can resolve conflicts and wars within families and nations and could possibly usher in a world of peace and unity. The God Code within ourselves is the living miracle which can create a better world for all mankind. The book combines both science and spirituality and is an easy as well as an enjoyable read. I highly recommend it!
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I purchased the God Code after being impressed with Mr Braden's Awakening to Zero Point material. Even though I thoroughly enjoy anything that attempts to combine spiritualism and science, it took me a while to absorb the true messages beneath his words.

Quantum science proves we are energy based beings; our carbon based bodies beyond molecules, are waves of energy that when we "look" form particles. The idea that the vibration of the chemical composition of our cells translates to "God/Eternal Within the Body" in Hebrew, Sanskrit, and its been suggested even Arabic, is truely an amazing feat of genetic engineering so to speak.

The idea that this is an accident - is just fallacy. There is definitely a universal intelligence behind our design, and the way Braden presents this information is admirable, at a time when Unity is a matter of strategic importance. Quantum science shows that unity strengthens the field, disunity weakens it.

The overiding message I get from this book is that all life is precious, because we all have a vibration that comes from the same source. I recommend this book highly, and it makes a useful complement with Dr. Bruce Lipton's Biology of Belief.

If ever there was a justification for treating your neighbour with the same integrity and respect as you would yourself, this certainly adds to it. The only minor qualification I would make is that if you're a non-scientist, it might take a while for the pieces to fit together. I was lucky in that I was able to attend one of Mr Braden's seminars, so I had a head start in terms of understanding the overall gist of the information.
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I was offered this book by someone who was breathless in her excitement for it. She is also a psychic who claims to "never be wrong" (yet in her psychic physiological assessment of my wellbeing entirely missed my chronic lower-back issues...despite my limping in and out of the session).

I bought it, read the introduction, then read 80 pages of it before placing it carefully in my bedroom garbage can.

In the introduction he put us on notice that, while he certainly WOULD have submitted his work to the established peer-reviewed journals, he felt his work was too important to be slowed down by their sluggish processes. Why, he even knows of someone whose work took eight years to get past peer-review! He derides this issue of "delay" as a critique of the peer-review process, rather than exactly it's added value. Peer-review without "delay" (i.e., sober, thoughtful analysis of claims, evidence, argument and conclusions) is called "rubber stamping." So he says - still in the Introduction - that he's opted here to bypass peer review for this middle-road: that is, his book is a popular version of what surely WOULD have passed muster had it been peer-reviewed. It brings us peer-reviewed quality without the exasperating hassle of being peer-reviewed.

With this assertion, he leaves his scientific credibility wounded, unconscious and face-down in the bathtub. It's not dead yet, but we better see some heroic measures in the next few pages.

I think it was on page 11 that he makes a mathematical so simple, so easily spotted and corrected, that it grinds against my bones. He miscalculates how many miles are in a light year. It's middle-school math. It goes like this. Light travels 186,292 miles per second.
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