The Sword of Solomon

F.W.Boreham-SittingReadingABookThere is a sense in which two and two are four, the plane of ledgers and cash­books – on which these propo­si­tions are approx­i­mate­ly sound. But if you rise from that plane to a lofti­er one, you will find at once that they are unten­able … it is obvi­ous­ly untrue that half-a-baby and half-a-baby make a baby. Let the sword do its dead­ly work… The two halves of a baby make no baby at all. On this high­er plane of human sen­ti­ment and expe­ri­ence, the laws of math­e­mat­ics col­lapse completely.

When a man dis­trib­utes his wealth among his chil­dren, he gives to each a part. But when a woman dis­trib­utes her love among her chil­dren, she gives it all to each … No man who has once fall­en in love will ever be per­suad­ed that one and one are only two. He looks at her, and feels that one plus one would be a mil­lion … No hap­py cou­ple into the sweet shel­ter of whose home a lit­tle child has come will ever be con­vinced that two and one are only three. Life has been enriched a thou­sand­fold by the addi­tion of that one lit­tle life to theirs. And I am cer­tain that no pair from whose cling­ing and pro­tect­ing arms their trea­sure has been snatched will find com­fort in the assur­ance that one from three leaves two. In the great crises of life one’s faith in fig­ures breaks down hopelessly.”

— F.W. Bore­ham, excerpt of “The Sword of Solomon”

Heard quot­ed by Ravi Zacharias.

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