Richard Wurmbrand: Math and Truth
Richard Wurmbrand was a pastor in Romania. He preached the truth from God’s Word, even when it was risky to do so. “Christians proclaim the truth,” he said.
“Imagine two schools,” Pastor Wurmbrand said. “One of the schools is run by a wise man, the other by an unwise man. In the first school, children are taught that 2 plus 2 is 4. In the second school, they are taught that 2 plus 2 is 3.
“Then another teacher comes along. This teacher says, ‘Love is the most important thing. Why should math teachers disagree? Let each teacher agree to give a little, so that we can all get along. The children can be taught that 2 plus 2 is 3 1/2. Whoever refuses to compromise is not a loving person, and should not be allowed to be a math teacher.’”
What do you think of the teacher’s solution?
What would you do if you were a teacher in the first school, and you were told you could no longer teach that 2 plus 2 is 4?
Two Plus Two
In the mid-1900s when Pastor Wurmbrand preached in Romania, communists ruled the country. They did not believe in God, and they tried to control what pastors taught in churches. Pastor Wurmbrand and other pastors were put in prison for continuing to preach truths from the Bible.
He told one of the communist officials, “Even if you put all the mathematicians in prison, 2 plus 2 will still equal 4.” What do you think Pastor Wurmbrand meant by that statement?
Pastor Wurmbrand said, “The Christian possesses truth much surer than mathematics, because it has been revealed by God Himself.”
(Sources include: Reaching Toward the Heights, by Richard Wurmbrand. Edited and paraphrased for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)