Another Mathematical Problem
That Christianity’s insistence on directing worship to Jesus as a deity is a mathematical absurdity, is well known. Most students of mathematics are aware that one and three are not the same, and approximately the same number of students have figured out that if “A” is not equal to “B” than “B” cannot be equal to “A”. Both of these equations apply to Christianity’s claim for Jesus. If the trinity consists of three distinct “persons”, then these three cannot be one. And if worship of God is not equal to worship of Jesus then worship of Jesus cannot be equal to worship of God.
Many Christians remain unfazed in the face of these mathematical problems with their theology. This being the case, you may ask, why it is that I think that presenting yet another mathematical problem with Christian theology will make a dent in the discussion. My answer to this question is that I believe in the deep-seated love for truth that dwells in the heart of every human being created in the image of God. There is a part of every person that desires truth and hates falsehood, and this part of us is constantly struggling against other parts of ourselves that don’t share in this affinity for the truth. I believe that every argument on behalf of the truth empowers the part of us that seeks the truth and will play a role in the ultimate and inevitable triumph of the truth. So here goes –
If “A” without “B” is still “A”, then “B” could never have been part of “A”.
To illustrate: let us go back to the time that Jesus walked the earth. Let us turn our focus to a Jewish farmer living in Hebron. At the very same time that Jesus is preaching the “Sermon on the Mount”, this farmer, who knows nothing about Jesus, is worshiping God. His heart is bursting with gratitude towards God for all the God granted him, this farmer is filled with awe and reverence for the God and this farmer loves God with all of his soul. Our farmer now turns to the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob, the One Creator of all, with a sincere prayer of thankfulness and praise.
So this is the question; is this farmer praying to anyone less than the One his father worshiped? Remember; our farmer’s father died before Jesus was born. So did those who worship God before Jesus walked the earth pray to any more of a God than those who prayed to God after Jesus was born? Did God in heaven become any smaller while Jesus was walking the earth? Did God become any less worthy of worship because one of the “persons” of the “god-head” was busy teaching his disciples?
I hope that even if you are a Christian, you can understand that God in heaven cannot become “smaller” or “less worthy of worship”. In other words; God “without Jesus” is still one hundred percent God, and is still worthy of every last drop of devotion, adoration and worship.
If God “without Jesus” is still God, this means that Jesus is not and never was a “part of God”.
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal