Originally posted by TheWalkingFox
reply to post by Sacrosanct
No, because math is undeniable fact.
Pick up a rock. Now pick up another rock. Then smack them against your head - how many rocks just bonked your noggin?
Two! Two rocks, ah ah ah!
This is a universal constant, and is not a matter of belief. A matter of belief would be saying that sometimes 1 + 1 = 45. It's untrue, but you're
free to believe it.
It is universal because it is based on understanding. In religion, it is the exact same thing as what you said in math.
6Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
7He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
8Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
9Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
In proverbs 8, wisdom and understanding is what is considered rich in the eyes of god, and that is what he rewards those with who find him.
So, when it comes to religion, you have to look beyond the idols and into the understanding behind it.
When you truly get the philosophy of it, then it works exactly like the 1+1=2 thing you speak of.
Can you prove that 1+1=2 to the man who doesn't understand math or the concept of addition? If that same man accepts what you says and repeats
1+1=2, does that mean that man is smart, even if he doesn't understand?
Same thing in religion/philosophy/knowledge of the holy.
"Any fool can know, the point is to understand." - Albert Einstein.
Jesus is asked - why do you speak in parables, and the basic response is - to give understanding. Identify a pattern in something physical and
knowable, and then apply the pattern in bigger things that can't be seen or grasped. Same thing science does. We see gravity in our solar system,
and apply it to the galaxy and so forth. Because 1+1=2 and 3,000,000,000 + 3,000,000,000 = 9,000,000,000 is based on the same understanding.