2+2=5? My Son the 7 Year Old Apologist
by Greg West
My seven year old son, Jeremiah, a first grader, was doing some homework the other day and was thinking out loud. “Two plus two equals four”, I overheard him say. This piqued my interest a bit and I decided to throw him a curveball.
“Son, two plus two equals five”, I said, to which he responded, “No it doesn’t.”
I decided to take things a little further and said, “But Son, I truly and sincerely believe that two plus two equals five. Doesn’t that mean I’m right?”
Without missing a beat, his reply was only a simple, “Nope”.
Although I was beginning to become concerned that I might be teaching him that ‘Dad may not always be right’, I decided to sacrifice that myth on the altar of truth and roll with it. I then asked him, “Son, what if me and a whole lot of other people really believe that two plus two equals five, and that it might offend us and hurt our feelings that other people like you might think that we’re wrong; can’t you just let be true for us and let ‘two plus two equal four’ for you?”
“Why not?” I asked.
“Because two plus two equals four!” He replied with stern conviction. I was now determined to take it even further.
“Son, what if you were the only person in the world who believed that two plus two equals four? Would you still be right?”
He looked up at me from his seat at the table with his trademark big grin and gave me a very confident, “Yes!”
“How come?” I asked?
“Because two plus two equals four!”, he replied again, but this time in a manner which implied that his patience with my line of questioning was wearing thin.
Again, I asked, “How come?”
To which he replied, “Because it just does!”
My wife, Brooke, working in the adjacent kitchen, looked over at me and could see that I was beaming with pride. “He may not be a philosopher”, I said in her direction, “But at least he’s not a relativist!”
It amazes me how a seven year old child can so easily grasp the truth while so many ‘educated’ grown-ups cannot.
Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, "I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. Matthew 18:2-4