How to Apply Mathematics to Religious Ideas

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Mathematics is a part of everything we do. When we pay for items, numbers are involved. Gallons or litres are apparent when we fill up our vehicle’s gas tank. Completing our tax forms, reviewing our bills, using phone numbers to call our friends are other examples.

  • The concept of one. The concept of one God implies the identity property. The number 1 is one item and by itself cannot be divided. The identity property of 1 is that 1 is 1 and no other number. The implication of this concept when applied to God is that God is one (Deut. 6:4), there is no other (Isaiah 45:5). There is only one True, Supreme God.
  • Dividing one. The concept of the Trinity is a Christian idea that God, although one, manifests Himself as Three Persons. If we divide 1 by the 3 the result is 1/3. Each Person of the Trinity is a Co-Equal Member. 1/3 = 1/3 (identity) and 1/3 + 1/3 + 1/3 = 1 (addition of equals). Think in terms of placing a board in front of a bright light. With the board blocking the light we cannot see the light. Now cut out three large round holes of equal diameter in the board. The light will pass with equal intensity through each whole. Various concepts of a Trinity are found in Hinduism. The Supreme Spirit creates Brahma from His right side, Vishnu from the left, and Shiva from the middle (Global Oneness, n.d., ). Shiva is also Creator, Preserver, and Destroyer (Global Oneness).
  • Infinity. Infinity is a set of an unlimited number of elements. For example, an infinite distance is measured from a starting point but without an end point. The implication that God is infinite is that He knows all things (an infinite set of elements) (1 John 3:20). Regarding potential infinity all things are possible with God (Matthew 19:26). God’s presence is everywhere (Psalm 139:7).

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