We often hear the words *conjecture*, *theorem*, *postulate*, *axiom*, *corollary*, and *lemma* in the field of Mathematics. And not one of them is synonymous to the other – at least to me.

Mathematicians are usually keen to patterns. Mathematical results, just like in any other hard science, are derived from observations. If, for example, you have spotted a pattern that is seemingly present in all the things you are observing, you will CONJECTURE its being true. Through a rigorous logical and mathematical argumentation from your set of AXIOMS (propositions regarded as self-evidently true), you will prove that your conjecture is true. And when proven so, it will be a THEOREM. When another idea is an immediate consequence of your theorem, then it is COROLLARY. A corollary, hence, is also a theorem which is a result of some other theorems.

Let us have a very simple and relevant illustration.

Consider on one hand Jose Luis Miranda claiming that June 30, 2012 is the end of the world. On the other hand, Eliseo Soriano saying that June 30 is not yet the end of the world. Also take as an axiom the biblical words:

“*When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him*” (Deut. 18:22)

Both Miranda and Soriano made their claims sufficient days before the 30th of June. So we may really view the situation as a prophet’s versus another prophet’s pronouncement. (Click this for more background on the issue.)

But TODAY is July 10, 2012 and my world is still mathematical! Just to say, Miranda is wrong and from our axiom, WE SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID OF HIM.

Our theorem could now be stated as:* “June 30, 2012 is not end of the world and Miranda has just spoken presumptuously and that he is false!”*

Corollary to our theorem is that SORIANO IS RIGHT IN HIS CLAIMS.

To GOD be the glory!

Yours Argumentatively,

Random Choice

Q.E.D.

Brad Ryan (@verybradryan)

July 11, 2012 at 5:49 am

Haha! This is clever and also logical! Nice reading your mathematical pruning of the false prophets, particularly the self-professed prophet, Miranda.

Alvin

July 11, 2012 at 5:59 am

Nice read! Its interesting how you incorporated your mathematical background to this issue. I guess it’s obvious now, from your article, who is the false and the true prophet!

Linne

July 11, 2012 at 9:47 am

All of a sudden, my brain, which rejects anything “math” calmly read your post. Now this made sense to me! Keep it up!

DieVolger

July 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I love how this was written! Brilliant 🙂 – Stacey

Raj Arellano

July 13, 2012 at 1:02 am

It was fun to see ‘corollary’ and ‘ theorem’ again, and I appreciate that they, like the other mathematical terms in this blog, have been explained in simplest form.

In the sum of all things, the Bible’s pronouncements will always hold true. And that is a truth mathematicians, and everyone else, can always count on.

Thanks be to God for Bro. Eli!

Rafael Perea

September 13, 2012 at 7:07 am

Hey, I was waiting for the Postulate vs Axiom. Quite embarrassing not knowing the difference, but for my sake and others: They are both regarded as self-evidently true, but what’s the difference, their scopes? Axioms are on fields, right?

Right on track.

1Co 4:1-2 And yet again, Brother Eli has shown his faithfulness to God.

Thanks be to God, we have Bro Eli in our age.

To God be the Glory.

Rafael Perea

September 13, 2012 at 7:09 am

Grammar correction:

“not knowing” implies “for I know not”