Marriage is not as easy as many think. It requires a lot of hard work and commitment to make it work.
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, has established a link between mathematics and marriage.
Adeboye, a mathematician turned pastor, gave couples a few tips to spice up their marriage.
At the first annual lecture of the Pastor E.A. Adeboye Professorial Chair for mathematics, held on Thursday evening at the Main Auditorium of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), the cleric, who has been married for 47-years, told the audience about four simultaneous linear equations for successful marital life.
According to the man of God, his understanding of the mathematics of marriage is what has kept his marriage strong.
Not only did Adeboye give equations, he supported each equation with relevant biblical verses.
“I told my children that why I have remained married for 47 years is because I understand the mathematics of marriage. Mathematics is a science of living,” he said.
Equation 1: This states that love is blind. It was supported with a biblical passage from Proverbs 10:12, which states that love covers a multitude of sins.
Equation 2: This states that “marriage is a miracle worker with special anointing for curing blindness.” This can be found in Genesis 29:16-25 which gives the account of how Jacob was so in love that he did not know it was Leah that was given to him in marriage, rather than Rachel, until the next day.
When simultaneously calculated, he said the result shows that during courtship, love does not make shortcomings obvious until after marriage, when all doubts about character are cleared.
Equation 3: This one states that “angels don’t eat jollof rice.” Adeboye made reference to Judges 6:11-21 where the sacrifice Gideon offered to the angel was consumed by fire.
He explained that women eat jollof rice so they are not angels and are not perfect, just like men.
Equation 4: states that angels don’t marry. This was supported by Matthew 22:30.
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He therefore advised couples to have reasonable expectations of their spouses and not expect them to be like angels.
Enoch Adeboye obtained a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria in 1967, a Masters degree in Hydrodynamics and a Doctorate degree in Applied Mathematics, both from the University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria in 1969 and 1975 respectively. He worked as a lecturer in mathematics at the universities of Lagos and Ilorin.
He gave up his lecturing job for the work of God, after he was appointed General Overseer of the RCCG in 1981.