I never actually want to find out first-hand, but I have a feeling that if we could peer into Hell we’d find that it is filled with mathematicians.
Realize friend—I’m a math guy. I love math. It was one of my favorite subjects in school. I’m not saying “Hell is filled with mathematicians” because of a secret grudge I’m holding against Mr. Steers (junior year pre-calculus), or Mr. Rodgers (10th grade geometry), or Mrs. Kupenbender (7th grade), or any other math teacher from my past. I got along well with my math teachers. I enjoyed Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind. People like John Nash intrigue me. The TV series Numbers, with that actor who played the head elf in all the Tim Allen Christmas movies—I’ll be the first to admit—that’s pretty incredible stuff. In my opinion, the more complex the cooler it gets.
You see, Hell’s math isn’t complex. It’s just the opposite. When it comes to Hell’s mathematics, it’s a lot simpler than trigonometry, high-level accounting, or college calculus. In fact, there are really only two functions in Hell’s math: addition and subtraction.
You can spot it pretty easy. The forces of Hell work along with our flesh to try to add or subtract from God’s Word. Here are a few examples:
Jesus + Nothing = Everything
Hell’s math says:
Jesus + Tradition = Salvation
Jesus + Religion = Righteousness
Jesus + Our view of how He should be presented = Relevance
Scripture – Nothing = Truth
Scripture + Nothing = Truth
Hell’s math says:
Scripture – parts that offend me = Profitability for my situation
Scripture – things that force me to die to myself = Application for me
Scripture + interpretation that makes it about ME = “Abundant Life”
Scripture – things that don’t seem to fit my culture = Relevance for today
Scripture + what I feel applies to me = truth
We could go on and on, the equations are really endless. But what is clear is that the forces of Hell, coupled with our flesh, will always seek to minimize God’s Word and maximize our convenience and comfort.
We have a choice, every day we live on this earth, to give supremacy and primacy to His Word or to our word. Choose wisely.