Thoughts on the term "opposite"

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PostMon Jun 20, 2011 11:05 pm » by Tertiusgaudens


Human mind is working effectively in what humans recognize as effective. Comparing things and happenings is sometimes not so easy as it seems - there is maybe a lack of words and language, a missing of context, a non- or misperception of analogies and whatever else.

An effective mind operation is the term "opposite" thus using a contradicting pattern of thinking and perception. And this is pretty simple.

The opposite of big is small, of light is darkness, of good seems bad and so forth...

In a universe of relativity in all possible directions and manners the opposite of something also fulfills the mark of relativity.

It becomes difficult coming to God. Hell, this is really difficult talking of the opposite of God...

In theology and philosophy there had been two ways of talking of God - via positiva (that is finding a notion "God is...") and via negativa (that is using the notion "God is not..."). And indeed - via negativa notions have become more common, because it is more simple to say what God is not.

The sense of any God talk is not experience alone - to many humans have simoly different than God experiences.Talking of God has also affects on our ways of thinking and perceiving truth notions and the world around us in general. Someone said a wise sentence: If you do not deal with questions of believing in God, you are cursed dealing with questions of unbelieving in God. My point is the presence of the God question, whether we give a fuck or find some stimuli in life perception and interpretation.

Now, what is the opposite of God? If he is light, is it darkness? Or the devil? Or the evil?

Biblical sources tell different things:

1 Timothy 6:16

...who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see.

1 Kings 8:12

Then Solomon said, "The LORD has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud..."

Psalm 18:11

He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him-- the dark rain clouds of the sky.

Psalm 97:2

Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

And here:

Isaiah 45:7

I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.

And here:

Lamentations 3

3:37 Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?

3:38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?


In the Book of 24 Philosophers (the-book-of-24-philosophers-t53430.html) we read both sides:


21. Deus est tenebra in anima post omnem lucem relicta.

God is the darkness in the soul being left after all light.

and

24. Deus est lux quae fractione non clarescit, transit, sed sola deiformitas in re.

God is light, appearing as shine without refraction, permeating, but only (being) a divine formation in the things.

To make it short. Since God has created all that is thus being the One in all bringing back all in One (Acts 3:21: Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. Colossians 1:20: and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross), there is no opposite of God. It is simply not thinkable and imaginable. Not even Satan. He belongs to God (Job 2 and Zechariah 3) but without any explanation...
Hope is the thing with feathers...
Emily Dickinson

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