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Miracle Math

"When He had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, He looked up to Heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided He among them all…. And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men" (Mark 6:41,44).

This is a miracle which cannot be explained away. The vast number of witnesses makes this impossible. There are some miracles which seem contrary to the laws of nature, but this one was also contrary to the laws of mathematics. Five loaves and two fish were probably broken up into at least 10,000 portions, for there were 5,000 men in addition to women and children. Each family, therefore, received roughly one-thousandth part of a loaf, and after they had eaten and were filled, twelve baskets full of fragments remained. Even the leftovers were of far greater bulk than the original loaves and fish.

Here was subtraction without depletion, multiplication by means of subtraction, addition caused by division, and fractions which were larger than the whole!

—From The Study of the Miracles by Ada R. Habershon.