My Personal Truth: 2+2=5
Last week I went to the bakery and bought two bran muffins. I had two at home already, so I figured I could have one for breakfast every weekday before I’d need to buy any more. The muffins were $1 each. I paid for them with a $5 bill and pocketed the change. When I got home I discovered I had $3 change in my pocket! Clearly, the bakery had overpaid me in change. Since I knew I’d be back there the end of the week I decided to settle up then.
Just then a friend stopped by. We chatted some then decided to play the game “Concentration.” You know, the game where you lay out a square of playing cards face down then take turns turning over two cards. If they match you collect the matched pair and get another turn. If they don’t match you turn them face down again in their original position and it is your partner’s turn. The trick is in remembering where the revealed cards are so you can make your next match.
At the end of our game I had 12 sets of two cards. My partner counted up his cards one by one and said “I’ve got 28 cards in all.” I counted my matched sets 2+2=5, 2+2=5, 2+2=5, 2+2=5, 2+2=5, 2+2=5. “I’ve got 30 cards in all,” I said. “I win!”
“But you counted 2+2 as 5” my friend complained. “Yeah,” I said, “that’s my personal truth… 2+2=5.” For some reason he got up and left!
A few other odd things happened that week. My muffin supply ran out on Thursday, so I went back to the bakery to complain. It was a doozy of an argument! She insisted on having sold me two muffins and that $3 change from my $5 was correct! “But I’ve got my personal truth!” I protested.
Some people just cannot accept sound reasoning!
“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived… “ (Titus 3:3)
“…encourage one another daily… so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Heb. 3:13)