Logic of infinity

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The logic of infinity opens the door to understanding mysteries that first appear to be illogical. Most people were schooled in mathematics and logic without incorporation of infinity as having a central role. From a traditional mindset as taught in school, several parables of Jesus then seem illogical, until viewed through the logic of infinity.

For example, in the Parable of the Vineyard Workers the master has infinite resources, and pays all the workers the same daily wage regardless of how many hours they worked. Failing to grasp the concept of infinity, the workers who toiled all day complained about getting the same wage as the workers who put in only an hour or so of effort.

The parable is often taught as an illustration of generosity, and a cautionary tale against jealousy. But neither explanation helps understand why the workers should not have been surprised by the master's conduct. The lack of logic in the workers' reaction is understood only by a recognition of infinity. Those who worked longest should not have even been surprised, let alone disappointed, when a master having infinite resources paid everyone the same daily wage, rather than try to save money on workers who toiled less.

The Prodigal Son, considered by many to be the most beautiful story ever, can also be understood as illustrating the logic of infinity.

Additional illustrations of the logic of infinity in the Bible include the Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Parable of the Pearl, which are in Matthew 13.


Infinity is rarely a part of economics, but it should be. The Coase theorem teaches that by removing transaction costs, efficient levels of economic activity are attained. This creates infinite opportunities for all, and the potential for essentially infinite wealth. Most economists, including Milton Friedman, initially rejected the Coase theorem until it was accepted decades later and even honored with an unshared Nobel Prize.

Infinite Food

Repeatedly Jesus demonstrated the existence of infinity food: the Multiplication of the loaves (which occurred often, as retold in every Gospel, and the Casting of the Nets. Today, indeed, there is essentially infinite food in the world, such that obesity is a far greater problem than hunger. Thinking about food as being infinite, and thereby discarding food rather than eating it, can help in losing weight.

Infinite Wealth

Recognition of the concept of infinite wealth is useful in reducing unproductive time spent worrying about money. In practical terms, people who die with money in the bank had the equivalent of infinite wealth, more than enough to satisfy their needs. Hardly anyone dies wishing he had spent more time worrying about money.

The differences in wealth between individuals often has virtually no real significance, just as infinity plus-or-minus an amount is still merely infinity. Jesus and many others throughout history got a lot done without any money at all.