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God and Algebra: An Analogy


x is assumed to represent a certain value, it is a dummy variable representing an unknown value. If we do not believe in x, or “its path of arriving at solutions” which is algebra, then mathematical equations can never be written down. First, we have to put our faith in this ‘x’. If we “believe”, we can go ahead and follow the path of ‘x’ i.e. Algebra and create equations that represent certain real problems that appear tangibly unsolvable without this ‘x-factor’.

The degree of the equation gives the number of possible solutions. There are ways to find roots of any equation of any degree. Ultimately, the problem-solver reaches the solutions of ‘x’. Then x becomes obsolete. Now the value of x has been found. So for the one who has solved the equation, ‘x’ no longer holds. He would declare to the world – “x does not exist.”

But to the one who is yet to solve the same problem for himself, it would appear that x does not exist and so, the equation does not exist too. So the real world problem corresponding to the equation is also unreal.

And there the logic gets flawed.


God is such a dummy variable. It is the “x” that is missing. Its value has to be found by human effort and equations of life have to be realistically formed and duly represented.

The degree of the equation of life is to be determined looking at the problems that one encounters in real life. Thereafter, the number of solutions (of course, here there will be distinct solutions equal to the degree of the equation) will be found out.

Each root suggests a different path reaching to God, each root is different in value but each is equally potent to solve the equation by making the rhs zero and hence is a correct path. Finding just one root however does not offer the complete solution. So the seeker has to seek further and get to all the other roots too to get a complete solution.

e.g. A biquadratic equation can be split in many ways – either as two quadratic equations or as a linear and a cubic equation. However still, although there would be just 4 roots, each person is sure to solve the equation in different ways giving different root pairs/tuples. The subset of roots will be generated differently but the overall resultant superset will be just single.

Similarly, one can see that as the degree grows, becomes fifth, sixth and higher, the name-value pairs for r1-v1, r2-v2, r3-v3, r4-v4, … , r*-v* would get generated by different sets of governing equations, the generation of which depends on the splitting of individual sub-equations from the primary equation.

When one’s equation of life gets fully solved, then only one can rest and say confidently, “For me, God does not exist. ‘x’ has been solved for. ‘x’ does not exist now in my case.”

The problem with Theists and Atheists both:

Theists recognize the ‘x’ and begin solving and then give up in between and start worshipping ‘x’ instead, as it is. Atheists say, “There is no x” and fail to recognize that their own life equation is unsolvable sans x.
Agnostics sit on the fence and say, “I’ll prefer to worship and disbelieve x as and when required. Chalta hai yaar!”

x=God…but God=what?

The Question is for you to find out…