Religious controversies in public education tend to arise when we’re talking about Christians pushing Creationism in science class or arguing over banned books in English. But Israel Wayne, the director of Family Renewal and an advocate of faith-based home-schooling, wants to make math the next educational battlefield.
He argues that the subject isn’t secular like we think it is. Math, without Christianity, is meaningless, and it’s wrong to suggest otherwise. And he illustrates his point with a simple addition problem: What’s 2 + 4?
You might think the answer is 6… but that’s just where the conspiracy begins.
“Why what, Johnny?”
“Why does 2 + 4 = 6? Does it always equal six?”
“Of course it does, Johnny. Why do you ask?”
“Well, can it ever be something different? Like, seven on Monday, and eleven on Christmas, and thirty-nine on my birthday?”
“No, of course not.”
With this question, the teacher has just found herself in a tight spot. Like it or not, she is facing a question that, by state law, she is not permitted to answer honestly.
Let’s just stop there for a moment.
Why on earth can’t the teach answer this question honestly? 2 + 4 = 6 is a universal truth. It’s not up for debate. As long as we agree on what the numbers and symbols mean, we’re always going to reach the same conclusions. What’s the alternative?
And what does the teacher’s “dishonest” answer look like? Don’t worry. Wayne’s here to tell us how the teacher would spew the “official narrative of government education”:
“Plants, animals, humans, water, rocks, etc., were all formed from the big bang. So were the invisible world of things we can’t see: love, joy, altruism, justice, morality, music theory, logic, mathematics, physics, the laws of thermodynamics, the scientific method . . . everything belonging to the world of ideas also came from that accidental explosion. What we see around us is the reverberations of the aftershocks of that explosion of matter and energy. Everything that exists is here for no reason whatsoever. It has all evolved completely through chance processes in a material universe, giving us the illusion of thought and free will and moral choices. But it’s all just an accident. Mathematics, you, me, this school, your grades, college, your future, marriage… it is all nothing more than randomness working itself out on a stage of time.”
The “honest” answer that she’s not allowed to admit, says Wayne, is that Jesus created math.
… The only reason math works is that Jesus created it from His mind of order and precision. Randomness and chance never produce predictable constancy and accuracy.
Instead of “Evolution” as the author on the front cover of the math textbook, that designation rightfully belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ. Math teaches us about God’s nature and character. It reveals the mind of unity and coherence that exists within the Godhead. When we study mathematics, we get a glimpse of the glory and superior majesty of our loving and infinite Creator God.
Anyone can teach that 2 + 4 = 6, but only a born-again Christian can accurately teach why. The existence of mathematics is one of the strongest evidences for the existence of God.
I had no idea Evolution wrote all my math textbooks. The bastard was just plagiarizing from the Lord this whole time…
This lesson in wishful thinking was brought to you by the same guy who thinks the Bible is true because the Bible says it’s true.
(Thanks to Christie for the link)