Math as a Way of Knowing

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Math as a Way of Knowing

Another possible avenue is exploring mathematical universes, which, simply put, explain that the structure of mathematics may change depending in which universe you reside. ~ Elizabeth Howell, Parallel Universes: Theories & Evidence

In my new book “Our Mathematical Universe”, I argue that it means that our universe isn’t just described by math, but that it is math in the sense that we’re all parts of a giant mathematical object, which in turn is part of a multiverse so huge that it makes the other multiverses debated in recent years seem puny in comparison. ~ Max Tegmark, Is the Universe Made of Math?

We can know things using math if we don’t assume anything or tell any stories. Once we add made-up stuff to our math, we have made-up stuff as the result of our math. The two quotes above are examples of math that plugs in assumptions and other made-up stuff. Suppose we have a formula. Suppose we can’t get all the factors the formula need. We want to calculate using the formula. Suppose we make up some numbers and plug them into the formula so we can calculate. That’s a good way to fool ourselves.

Math can make nonsense seem intelligent. Using math, we can “prove” that everything can come from nothing. We can “prove” this by just making a few assumptions. Of course, with a single assumption, we can prove anything to ourselves.

With math, as with logic, we need true premises. We need true factors. We need to have a way to prove that our formulas and mathematical methods can yield truth. Unfortunately, the language of math uses deceptive definitions of both proof and truth. Mathematicians speak of truth and proof, but they don’t mean that their truth or proof has anything to do with reality.

“The normal notion of pure math is that mathematicians have some kind of direct pipeline to God’s thoughts, to absolute truth,” Dr. Chaitin wrote in “The Limits of Mathematics.” While scientific knowledge is tentative and subject to constant revision, mathematics is usually seen as eternal. But Dr. Chaitin called on his colleagues to abandon mathematical Platonism and adopt a “quasi-empirical” approach that treats mathematics as just another messy experimental science. ~ George Johnson, Useful Invention Or Absolute Truth: What Is Math?

Math and logic come from God. God communicates through them. He uses them. In a sense, they are parts of the language of God. However, we can misuse math. If you search the Internet for a phrase such as “what can math prove,” you’ll find all sorts of misused and irrational math.

What follows is an example from Quora on a question: “Can mathematics prove the existence of God or intelligent design?” I’m including the quote to show how silly mathematical thinking can become.

Base Case (or assumption):

  1. God exists
  2. The universe is so big and complex, it must have a creator (god). In other words, everything must have a creator (as the universe contains everything).
  3. The creator must be a more complex entity than its creation. In other words, God must be more complex than the universe we live in. For example, we humans create robots and we know our body is much more complex than that of robots.

Inductive Step:

If, because the universe is so complex, it needs a creator, and its creator (God) is more complex than its creation (the universe), then God must have its creator, let’s name it “God1”. Similarly, God1 must also have its creator (say God2) and so on…. up to God∞ (read as God-infinity). We know that infinity (∞) is not a real number, so God∞ can’t exist and hence one or more of our assumption(s) were wrong.

The mathematician implies the only way we know God exists is by knowing the universe is big and complex. However, that isn’t how we know the creator God exists. God proves His existence by revealing His reality to every person. That’s why every person knows He exists.

And the mathematician also said this:

the universe contains everything

In His “logic,” the mathematician includes God in his term “everything.” He’s claiming the Creator God is limited to the universe He created. What makes him think so?

At the very least it’s a word game in which the word “universe” is given a special meaning. If the universe includes God, as the mathematician implies, then is the mathematician claiming God is part of the created world? What makes him think so? Where’s the proof?

The mathematician also implies another god created God. What makes him think that? He needs to give us absolute proof. He has none.

What makes him think everything complex needs a creator? Where’s the proof for that? He can’t prove his premise.

He implies God is the same thing as infinity. What makes him think so?

The statement implies nothing is infinite because infinity can’t be assigned to a finite number. Why does he believe this? Can he prove it?

The mathematician has dragged us down into the weeds and muddied the water to create confusion. However, we can see clearly. We can reason clearly. We just return to knowing Jesus Christ. We know the triune God through Jesus. The truth brings sanity.

We’ve looked at just one example of someone misusing math. You can find more deceptive and more irrational examples than this one. I thought this one was confusing enough for this book.

Whenever someone bases logic on assumptions they lack truth. When they don’t base logic on truth they think irrationally. Their foundation crumbles. And yet, they’re dogmatic. The more irrational they are, the more dogmatic they are. That’s part of why the world is so crazy.

God does use math. He understands it. God comprehends math completely. The best mathematicians have vague ideas about math. Some of those ideas are right, and some of those ideas are wrong. And yet, God speaks to us through math at times to reveal reality to us.

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Intuition

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Intuition as a Way of Knowing

God does speak through human intuition. Those who sincerely seek His mind will find He’ll lead them into righteousness and away from sin. He’ll lead them into wisdom and away from foolishness. However, intuition can also come from the fallen human mind. And it can come from demonic influence. It depends on which one we’re seeking.

Through Scripture, we can see God often speaks to those who don’t even seek Him. And sometimes, He’ll speak to them through their intuition.

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Einstein

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“Every scientist becomes convinced that the laws of nature manifest the existence of a spirit vastly superior to that of men.” ~ Albert Einstein

“No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.” ~ Albert Einstein

“The divine reveals itself in the physical world.” ~ Albert Einstein

“My God created laws . . . His universe is not ruled by wishful thinking but by immutable laws.” ~ Albert Einstein

“I want to know how God created this world. I want to know his thoughts.” ~ Albert Einstein

“What I am really interested in knowing is whether God could have created the world in a different way.” ~ Albert Einstein

“I am not an atheist, and I don’t think I can call myself a pantheist.” ~ Albert Einstein

“There is harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognise, yet there are people who say there is no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me to support such views.” ~ Albert Einstein

And yet, it seems that Einstein rationalized about an impersonal god who wasn’t concerned with people. We don’t know about all of his experiences with God, but it seems that many of his quotes come from mere speculation about God while other quotes indicate that he knew God through Jesus Christ. As with all of us, he seems to have drifted in his opinions and in his relationship with God.

“I commence a sacred discourse, a most true hymn to God the Founder, and I judge it to be piety, not to sacrifice many hecatombs of bulls to Him and to burn incense of innumerable perfumes and cassia, but first to learn myself, and afterwards to teach others too, how great He is in wisdom, how great in power, and of what sort in goodness.” ~ Johann Kepler

“I was merely thinking God’s thoughts after him.” ~ Johann Kepler

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The Gift of Mental Power

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A follower of Christ will often be wrong, which is why the Holy Spirit is here to correct us all. Still, from what great scientists have said, we can see that God’s Spirit was working in their lives, revealing reality to them. Consider the following:

“The gift of mental power comes from God, Divine Being, and if we concentrate our minds on that truth, we become in tune with this great power. My Mother had taught me to seek all truth in the Bible; therefore I devoted the next few months to the study of this work.” ~ Nikola Tesla

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Christopher Columbus

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Christopher Columbus was a man with great navigation skill and courage, but some historians wrongly credit his skill and courage to his humanity. Contradicting this error, Christopher Columbus rightly credited it to God. As evidence, consider the following quotes from the writings of Christopher Columbus:

“Who can doubt that this fire was not merely mine, but also the Holy Spirit who encouraged me with a radiance of marvelous illumination from His sacred Scriptures, . . . urging me to press forward?”

“It was the Lord who put into my mind (I could feel His hand upon me) the fact that it would be possible to sail from there to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me. There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit because He comforted me with rays of marvelous illumination from the Holy Scriptures . . . encouraging me to continue to press forward and without ceasing for a moment they now encourage me make haste.”

“Our Lord Jesus desired to perform a very obvious miracle in the voyage to the Indies, to comfort me and the whole people of God. I spent seven years in the royal court, discussing the matter with many persons of great reputation and wisdom in all the arts; and in the end they concluded that it was all foolishness, so they gave it up.”

“With a hand that could be felt, the Lord opened my mind to the fact that it would be possible . . . and He opened my will to desire to accomplish that project . . . The Lord purposed that there should be something miraculous in this matter of the voyage to the Indies.”

“For the execution of the journey to the Indies I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps. It is simply the fulfillment of what Isaiah had prophesied.”

“No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Savior if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service. The working out of all things has been assigned to each person by our Lord, but it all happens according to His sovereign will even though He gives advice. He lacks nothing that it is in the power of men to give Him. Oh what a gracious Lord, who desires that people should perform for Him those things for which He holds Himself responsible! Day and night moment by moment, everyone should express to Him their most devoted gratitude.”

Ungodly historians have rewritten much history in a desperate attempt to discredit Cristopher Columbus. Their attacks aren’t really against Christopher Columbus, but they are attempting to set up ungodly ideology by tearing down anything that might stand in the way. Where details of history don’t exist, historians have made assumptions to put Christopher Columbus in a bad light. However, Christopher Columbus was imperfect in the same way those who now seek to judge him are flawed human beings, sold into sin. But Christopher Columbus communicated with Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit taught him and corrected him, moving him toward righteousness and holiness.
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The Secret

The secret of my success? It is simple. It is found in the Bible. ~ George Washington Carver

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George Washington Carver’s Prayers

My prayers seem to be more of an attitude than anything else. I indulge in very little lip service, but ask the Great Creator silently, daily, and often many times a day, to permit me to speak to Him through the three great kingdoms of the world which He has created—the animal, mineral, and vegetable kingdoms—to understand their relations to each other, and our relations to them and to the Great God who made all of us. I ask Him daily and often momently to give me wisdom, understanding, and bodily strength to do His will; hence I am asking and receiving all the time. ~ George Washington Carver

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God Speaks Through Nature

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God. ~ George Washington Carver

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Take Christ Seriously

…if we do not take Christ seriously in our everyday life, all is a failure because it is an everyday affair. ~ George Washington Carver

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God Reveals Reality

God is going to reveal to us things He never revealed before if we put our hands in His. No books ever go into my laboratory. The thing I am to do and the way of doing it are revealed to me. The method is revealed to me the moment I am inspired to create something new. Without God to draw aside the curtain, I would be helpless. ~ George Washington Carver

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