Sunday, September 20, 2015

I See... The Lord's Math

 Old Math. New Math. Algebra. Calculus.  Is 2 + 2 still 4? One respected author describes math as “an atomic-powered prosthesis that you attach to your common sense, vastly multiplying its reach and strength.” Very few of the masses, however, mention the most influential arithmetic of all- the Lord's Math!
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Basic Math

The Lord's basic math refers to relatively simple but powerful if/then doctrinal statements that can be easily reduced to a straightforward mathematical formula:

  • (keep my commandments) + (endure to the end) = eternal life. (D&C 14:7) 
  • (repent) + (baptized in my name) + (endure to the end) = salvation. (D&C 18:22)
  • not equal in earthly things = not equal in obtaining heavenly things (D&C 78:6)
  • (not hearken unto his voice) + {not believe on his Only Begotten Son) = God cursing the earth with a sore curse. (Moses 5:55-56)

Advanced Math

Advanced math refers to either more specific or veiled versions of the if/then formula for rendering gospel truths.  Many of these advanced formulas rarely add up correctly for those trapped in the carnal, physical world. In advanced math, 1 + 1 = 100:

  • (revile not against your enemy (1)) + (bear it patiently (1)) = reward shall be an hundred-fold (100). (D&C 98:25)
How about:

  • be of good cheer =  (being led along by the Lord) + (the kingdom) + (the blessings of the kingdom) + (the riches of eternity) (D&C 78:18) 
  • all the tithes into the storehouse = pour out blessings that there shall not be room enough to receive (Malachi 3:10)

Or, two of my favorite divine math equations from Isaiah:

  • (deal bread to the hungry) + (bring the poor that are cast out to thy house) + (cover the naked) + (hide not thyself from thine own flesh (support your own family)) = (light breaking forth in the morning) + springing forth speedily) +  (righteousness going before thee) + (the glory of the Lord) + (answers to prayers). (Isaiah 58: 7-9)
  • (turn away thy foot from the sabbath) + (turn away from doing thy pleasure on my holy day) + (call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord) + (honor him not doing thine own ways) + (not finding thine own pleasure) + (not speaking thine own words) = (delight thyself in the Lord) + (ride upon the high places of the earth) + (feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father). (Isaiah 58: 13-14)

The bottom line? I encourage you to look for more of the Lord's Math in the scriptures; you find them in almost every chapter!

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