The Book of Oppositions

It is all Black and White, Darkness and Light; Right, Wrong, Good, Evil... All things in Opposition

Sunday, February 24

In Opposition VII

The old Covenant was a covenant of prosperity. The new covenant is a covenant of adversity whereby we are being weaned from this present world and made fit for the world to come.

--Charles Spurgeon

The Old Covenant:
a) Prior to the earthly ministry of Christ.
b) Prior to His baptism and anointing.

Characterized by Temporal Riches:

Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers: and he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee. Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle. And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.

--Deuteronomy 7:12-15

And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee. The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

--Deuteronomy 28:11-12

And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold. So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. He had also seven sons and three daughters. And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations. So Job died, being old and full of days.

--Job 42:10-17

The New Covenant:
a) After the conclusion of Christ's earthly ministry.
b) After his Resurrection.

Characterized by Heavenly Riches:

If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

--Matthew 19:21

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

--Matthew 6:19-21

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

--2 Timothy 4:8

The Church today, by and large, as a whole, does not properly reflect the New Covenant.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way...

--Isaiah 53:6

Eric Ashley at 12:50 PM


Saturday, September 30

In Opposition VI

What differenciates Christianity from Islam is obvious*

[With Christianity] It is always possible to go back to true evangelical values, the peaceful character of Jesus as opposed to the deviation of the Church. None of the faults of the Church have their roots in the Gospel, Jesus is non-violent. Going back to Jesus is akin to forswear[ing] the exesses of the Church. To the contrary, going back to Mahomet reinforces hate and violence. Jesus is a master of love, Mahomet is a master of hatred. [...] Whereas Judaism and Christianity are religions whose rites spurn violence, by delegitimizing it, Islam is a religion that exalts violence and hatred in its everyday rites and sacred book.

*Taken from the essay by Robert Redeker, forced into hiding for daring to criticize Islam.

Eric Ashley at 12:45 AM


In Opposition V

Of Light...

The paramount perception of the sighted, and the eyes the vehicle to said perception; the apparatus by which the physical world is perceived.
To stand further from the source of Darkness than that of Light; to perceive shadow in terms of a lack of full light; to perceive Darkness as ultimately undesireable.
To see Light as the ultimate source of Goodness, Mercy, and Grace; to see Darkness as the ultimate source of Evil, Condemnation, and Damnation.

Of Darkness...

The realm of the unsighted, and the remaining senses the vehicles to unsighted perception; the apparatuses by which the physical world is perceived.
To stand further from the source of Light than that of Darkness; to perceive shadow in terms of lack of full Darkness; to perceive Light as ultimately undesireable.
To see Darkness as the ultimate source of Goodness, Mercy, and Grace; to see Light as the ultimate source of Evil, Condemnation, and Damnation.

Everyone is somewhere in between; we all cast shadows. Some more greatly than others, for the closer we stand to one pole or the other the less our shadows are cast.

Eric Ashley at 12:07 AM


Monday, May 15

In Opposition IV

Genuine Christians do not wish that anyone die and go directly to Hell. A genuine Christian takes to heart the parable that begins at Luke 14:16...

[16]Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: [17]And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. [18] And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. [19]And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. [20]And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. [21]So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. [22]And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. [23]And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. [24]For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

Genuine Muslims wish all unbelievers, especially Jews, a swift descent to Hell.

Abu Nasser, a senior leader of the Al Aqsa Brigades in the West Bank, rejoiced in [Daniel] Wultz's death... "This is a gift from Allah. We wish this young dog will go directly with no transit to hell," [he] said.

There is only one God, yet two struggle one against the other. The God of Israel-- and Christianity --is diametrically opposed to the god of Islam. One of the two, therefore, is a false god, whose false religion has it's foundation planted in hell... And Satan himself is its god.

Just to be clear... Satan in not God's opposite. God has no opposite.

Eric Ashley at 12:34 PM


Sunday, April 16

In Opposition III

How God defines a worshipper...
One who willingly and lovingly gives God the praise and honor due Him

How the world defines a worshipper...
(order dependent upon the number of "P"s one uses)
1: Someone who admires too much to recognize faults
2: Believer: a person who has religious faith
3: A person who is involved in an act of worship

Eric Ashley at 10:51 PM


Monday, March 27

In Opposition II

"Religion is a set of rules and laws that a follower follows to the best of his ability in the belief that it will grant him a reward in some form whether in this life or the after."
--Abd ul-Rahman Hilmi

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
--Hebrews 11:1

Abd ul-Rahman Hilmi speaks truthfully about religion. Religion is a set of rules practitioners follow to make themselves worthy of their god. But religion is not faith.

Faith is sure unshakeable belief. It is more than mere knowledge. One can look at a chair and know it will hold his weight, but Faith is the act of sitting; placing full reliance upon the chair to hold him up.

Religion says: "This is what I must do to get God to give me good things"

Faith says: "I believe God desires to give me good things, so I will put my trust in Him.

Religion is the stinging whip of a cruel task master.

Faith is patient perseverance beneath the weight of every blow.

Religion esteems self-righteousness.

Faith esteems God.

Eric Ashley at 1:46 PM


In Opposition I

Law & Chaos - 5 Points in opposition

Chaos [as it is generally understood today]-- Complete Disorder

The Nature of Chaos--

    1- A place without any possible orientation, where anything falls in
         every direction
    2- A place devoid of Order, where the only constancy is its inconstancy
    3- Inherently anti-life, wherein life-- requiring order --cannot,
         as we understand it, exist
    4- A place where Duration cannot be measured
    5- Imperfection realized

Law, or Order-- The Contrary of Chaos; Complete Order

The Nature of Law--

    1- A place where all things follow the same order of
         law, where even randomness, follows a prescribed order.
    2- A place of inter-connectivity, where everything has purpose,
         and every purpose has place
    3- A place devoid of Disorder, where change is impossible unless it
         perfectly harmonizes with all that has preceded it
    4- A place where Duration is fully measurable
    5- Perfection realized

Law nurtures life, Chaos destroys it. Conversely, Law invites stagnation, while Chaos invites creativity. Conversely, Law allows creativity to flourish; grow, while Chaos destroys the creation.

Eric Ashley at 1:45 PM