It Doesn’t Add Up
I had two people approach me the other day to give me the good news. They pleaded with me to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I don’t take offense when people want to share their faith with me. It actually shows they care – I think. Nevertheless, I naturally had some questions.
Actually, come to think of it, there was this one time I did cringe. It was when my father was having surgery in a hospital (may Allah have mercy on him). A group of kind people approached me in the waiting room asking if they could pray for my father. I thought, how sweet of them. “Sure, thank you”, I replied. They formed a circle around me, closed their eyes, and held hands with each other. I was in the middle. Don’t worry. I didn’t understand that part, either. They began praying in the name of Jesus. Yes, I know. Awkward. I don’t know what I was expecting. I slipped out from under their arms as their eyes were closed, exited the hospital and hopped into a getaway car and took off. Ok, that last part didn’t happen, but I did slip out of the room.
Anyway, back to my story. They spoke for some time before it was my turn. I asked them a simple question, “Can you please explain the trinity to me?” They began their pitch, but I wasn’t really interested in buying anything. I’ve heard, the trinity is like an egg – shell, egg white, and yolk, but one egg, argument before. Instead of arguing, I followed-up with another question, “What does one in three and three in one mean exactly?” They told me that you don’t add them up because that would mean three gods, rather, it’s more like multiplication. He asked, “What’s 1 X 1 X 1?” I told him that I wasn’t very good at math, but I believe the answer is one. They glanced at each other as if they had won the day. Unfortunately for them, that argument doesn’t work, either.
I explained to them that by using that logic, any pagan faith can claim to be monotheistic. What do I mean? Well, think about it. Let’s say Religion X worships 100 gods. You tell them that God is only One, and that they should repent and turn back to Him. They can just as easily counter with, “Well, I agree. We worship God, but He simply has 100 personalities. Don’t think addition. Think multiplication. It’s more like 1 X 1 X 1 X 1 X 1 X 1 X … ”
They didn’t really have a response to be honest. They thanked me for my time, gave me a few brochures, and asked for my phone number, so that they can contact me in the near future. I was tempted to give them my brother’s number just to troll him, but I didn’t.
To be continued, I guess …
By: Nader (MW Admin)