This is the one you’ve been waiting for. At last, our collection has reached 1,000 — and as you will soon see, the subject of today’s letter-to-the-editor is arithmetic. Things like that don’t happen by accident!
The letter appears in the White Mountain Independent of Show Low, Arizona.. Wikipedia says: “According to a legend, the city’s unusual name resulted from a marathon poker game … .” The letter is titled BUT GOD, and they have a comments feature.
Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got a preacher. It’s Tom Brown, pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship. Here are some excerpts from the rev’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Okay, here we go:
Math was not my best subject in school, but over the years, I have become more appreciative of the part numbers play in God’s creation. [Huh?] Think about it: we have two eyes, two ears, two arms…hands…legs and feet. Earth time is divided into two phases, day and night; there are male and female humans, and atomic structure has positive and negative charges.
Wowie — the number two is a big deal! But that’s not all. The rev says:
Then, we have a body, soul and spirit, and God Himself is a Holy Trinity. Sacred geometry shows the triangle as the most divine shape, overlaying a circle, and touching the numbers 3-6- and 9 (1 Thess.5.23; Matt.28.19).
The triangle is “the most divine shape”? We never knew that. The rev tells us:
Dicotyledons have flowers of five peddles; We have five fingers on a hand, and five toes on a foot; we have five senses. [Hooray for five!] The number of man is six because we were created on the sixth day. There are seven days in a week; the rainbow has seven true colors.
So many numbers! First two, then three, then five. Hey, what happened to four? Then six, then … it just keeps going! This is very confusing. He continues:
Most interesting in biblical numerology is the number 9. The mathematical finger print of God is 3 x 3 = 9. A circle has 360 degrees (3+6+0=9). A triangle has 180 degrees (1+8+0=9). A square has 360 degrees (3+6+0=9). A hexagon has 720 degrees (7+2+0=9). [Ooooooooooooh! Nine is amazing!] Jesus Christ died at the 9th hour on Calvary’s Cross, and He appears nine times after His resurrection. There are nine spiritual gifts and nine “fruits of the Spirit” listed in the Bible (1 Cor.12.8-10; Gal.5.22,23).
Your Curmudgeon has just become a big fan of the number nine. Let’s read on:
All this is by way of saying that God’s the major mathematician. Evidently that’s what Nikola Tesla understood when he is reputed to have said: “If you knew the magnificence of the three, six and nine, you would have a key to the universe.” [Tesla said that?] Yet, in the midst of such “intelligent design” [Gasp!] there are those who scoff at a Creator God who applies mathematics.
After what we’ve just seen, only a fool would scoff! Another excerpt:
But God, designed a universe of mathematical elegance. “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and marked off the heavens by the span, and calculated the dust of the earth by the measure, and weighed the mountains in a balance, and the hills in a pair of scales” (Isa.40.12).
After a few other scripture quotes, the rev informs us:
Hebrew numerology (Gematria) established a mathematical relationship between the letters in the Hebrew alphabet and numbers. Thus, a code was recognized from which greater meaning is derived.
How does that work? A is one, B is two, etc.? Anyway, the rev ends his letter with this
“Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six” (Rev.13.18).
Well, dear reader — do you have the divine gift of mathematics? If so, perhaps you’ll be kind enough to explain the rev’s letter to the rest of us. Or maybe it’s best if it remains a mystery.
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