How the Gospel Applies to Math


I know. I know. It’s Spring Break. You either:

  • A. Don’t want to think about the math homework you’re putting off.
  • B. Have finished school and would rather not look at another math problem again.
  • C. Want to know the rest of the equation in the picture because you think you can solve it.

There’s not a lot of people in between. People are passionate with their feelings about math. For the most part, you either love it or hate it. But if you’re old enough to read this post, you can handle the level of math being discussed. It’s pretty basic.

For those of you who have not yet replenished your Word of the Day toilet paper, the fancy term for what we’re discussing today is the Transitive Property. More simply speaking:

If a = b and b = c, then a = c.

Using actual words: if two things are equal to the same thing, the original two things are also equal.

(admittedly awkward transition)

If you have attended more than three weddings, you have more than likely heard 1 Corinthians 13 quoted. Better known as the love chapter, the section of this passage referenced most often is this one:

love chapter rings

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

If you remember back to your early math classes, you will recall that “is” and “equals” are mathematical synonyms. In other words, you could just as easily say “one plus one is two.”

So, when we read in 1 John that God is love, we can then deduce that God is all of the wonderful things mentioned in the 1 Corinthians passage.

If love is patient and kind and God is love, then God is patient and kind (as evidenced in His relationship with the Israelites in the Old Testament).

If love does not insist on its own way and God is love, then God does not insist on His own way (as evidenced in the garden of Eden).

If love does not rejoice at wrongdoing and God is love, then God does not rejoice in wrongdoing (as evidenced when Jesus said, “Go and sin no more”).

If love bears all things and God is love, then God bears all things (as evidenced on the cross).

And you didn’t think you would ever use math in real life. The Transitive Property is biblical.