Polygons and God: What's special about a triangle?

Polygons and God: What's special about a triangle?

By Harlan Brown
March 31, 2011

Polygons come in many shapes and sizes. One type of polygon is special. This essay explains why.

For a list of a few of the many types of polygons, see Polygons under "Technical terms for polygons and large numbers."

A common type of tetragon, or quadrilateral, is a square. square

Mash on a square, and it becomes a rhombus. rhombus

This "mashability," or mutability, if you will, is also true of other polygons except for one: the triangle. triangle

The triangle is the one type of polygon that is stable and unchanging, given the length of its sides. Builders know this. When they are framing a house with two-by-fours, most of the boards are vertical or horizontal, forming rectangles. However, they add brace pieces at strategic locations to form triangles to stabilize the structure.

In the spirit world we find a threeness that is the ultimate in stability. The Most High God, who created the heavens and the earth exists as one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. According to Malachi 3:6, God does not change. According to Hebrews 13:8, Jesus Christ (the Son of God) is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Thus the triangle is analogous to the triune, immutable God.

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