The First Number
Not too long after so many of us were swept up in the significance of Y2K, R.C. Sproul Jr. peers back at Y1K and looks for its lessons. “As the tenth century drew to its conclusion, too many Christians saw in that grand, round number what they thought was a glimpse into the private thoughts of God. The millennium bug bit us, and we caught the fever.” He warns, though, that “Disappointments along these lines, then and now, can be peculiarly damaging, as theologies are twisted and Scriptures denied in order to explain how our math turned out wrong.” He reflects on the significance of numbers, even saying that “Numbers, because of their abstract nature, may be that place where our thinking grows closest to God’s. We hear in the harmony of music and we see in the dance of the heavenly spheres echoes and reflections of the beauty of not just creation but the Creator. In its place, this is right and proper. We should always marvel at His glory and power.” Still, they can be dangerous and “we must always remember that His ways are not our ways, His thoughts not our thoughts. We must not, as Satan tempted us, see numbers as a tool for our own power and glory.” Having warned of the allure of numbers and the danger they can bring us, he turns to the one number that matters most.