The Bible and the Transitive Property of Equality is a relationship that is so ignored by most Christians today. I know your eyebrows are raised, mouth and lips forming a circle and saying what! Since when did our mighty creator ask us to stop using the logic and principles that HE created? Why is it that when we read the bible we are to drop logic and all other correlations of algebra and mathematics? Do we disengage our brain to read the bible or should we read using what we have learned?
I believe that we are commanded to gain wisdom, knowledge and understanding in all that we do. We have been given the blessings of a sound mind and good knowledge from the Word of YHVH (the LORD). Wisdom is given freely just as stated in James:
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (Jam 1:5 KJV)
Understanding comes from practical application, just as we all did in science class. James also speaks of this telling us to not just be hearers of the word (knowledge) but to be doers of the work (understanding) in our lives.
Transitive Property of Equality
The Transitive Property of Equality is one of three Equivalence Properties of Equalities. The other two are Reflexive and Symmetric. These three are expressed like this:
Reflexive Property a = a
Symmetric Property If a = b then b = a.
Transitive Property If a = b and b = c then a = c.
We are focusing upon the Transitive where the variables of A, B and C will be used in our equation.
What we are looking for in the Bible is an expression of a person and the qualities of that person. The person in question is Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah. We can find certain expressions from scripture to describe the qualities and characteristics of our Messiah savior. We know for certain that scripture does not conflict itself but it does interpret itself.
From the Bible in John we learn the Yeshua (Jesus) is the Word as shown in:
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. (Joh 1:1-2 NAS)
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. (Joh 1:14 NAS)
Also from the Bible we have a characteristic being applied to Jesus (Yeshua) in the Book of Hebrews. Looking into Hebrews chapter 13 we find:
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever. (Heb 13:8 NAS)
With these variables now in front of us we can build the equation and establish truth.
From above we developed the variables, A, B, and C to insert into our equation as a basis of truth to apply to all church doctrine is the supreme test for the basis of truth or tradition. Our variables in the equation are:
A = Yeshua (Jesus)
B = The spoken Word of God (YHVH) known as scripture, the Word made flesh.
C = Being the same, yesterday, today and YES forever, unchanging
Let’s now insert ad build our equation and establish a truth to build and test all doctrine upon.
If the Word (A) = Jesus (B) and Jesus (B) = the same yesterday, today and YES forever then the Word (A) = the same yesterday, today and YES forever (C)
There you have it and expressed in a simple sentence it means that the Word is the same yesterday, today and YES forever, unchanging. You can take many other scriptural references to a characteristic of Yeshua (Jesus) or God (the LORD, YHVH) and make an equation to full test the doctrines placed before you. Let’s test this.
Testing doctrine with our equation
The application of scripture, or as James said to be doers of the word, we will just pick a subject of doctrine and see if the equation remains in balance.
A = Jesus/Yeshua said: “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love. (Joh 15:10 NAS)
B = the Word made flesh said: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.” (Exo 20:8-11 NAS)
C = is the same yesterday, today and YES forever yet The Sabbath was changed to Sunday
Does this doctrine keep the equation in balance or is this possibly a tradition?