# 1 + 1 + 1 does not equal 1

###### Posted Jun 05, 2010 by Michael Ebens in Exposing the Trinity

(13 year old reflections on Trinitarian maths)

I was just thinking about a mathematical formula I saw a little while ago; it's a **really **hard one to work out:

1 + 1 + 1 = 1.

Can you work out how this equation works? If we were to make this a little more accurate it would be:

(1 + 1 + 1) = 1

I think you get the picture of what this equation is representing. In the Trinity (so far as I understand it, although someone who knows a lot more about the Trinity than I do used this equation for his article) there are three beings, all grouped together in one substance or being (as far as I know this is not the adventist belief though). Thus the three beings (each being represented by 1 number) are grouped together in parenthesis to make the point more clear. Now, this equation suggests that this group is equal to just a plain number 1. However if we do the maths on the first group (which is what groups are in maths, just simplifying the actual number) this is what it looks like:

3 = 1

or

(3) = 1

Makes perfect sense doesn't it? Ahem! God set up mathematics, and with this view men are saying that God has defied the system he just made. As far as I understand it God makes sure everything he sets up works in harmony, and don't contradict each other. I was thinking about how mathematics fits in with all the physical laws God has set up, with gravity, friction, velocity for example, they all fit in with maths. This is because God set up maths, and made sure that it would fit in with everything else.

3 is not equal to 1, it's rather simple.