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Union of Opposites

Union of Opposites

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY Frederick William Orde Ward

Whenever we attain to results that appear diame-
trically to contradict each other, we may be sure
that the direction is divinely right, and we move
in the immediate neighbourhood of some great new
royal law and larger synthesis.
BY Frederick William Orde Ward

Whenever we attain to results that appear diame-
trically to contradict each other, we may be sure
that the direction is divinely right, and we move
in the immediate neighbourhood of some great new
royal law and larger synthesis.

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UNION OF OPPOSITES BY Frederick William Orde WardWhenever we attain to results that appear diame-trically to contradict each other, we may be sure that the direction is divinely right, and we move in the immediate neighbourhood of some great new royal law and larger synthesis. Antagonism heralds the approach of God Himself, Jehovah Sabaoth. In the universal and inexplicable union of opposites alone, do we discover the real vast and varied and vital Truth, above and beyond the range or necessity of vulgar demonstration, those eternal intuitions which justify themselves as soon as they arise within consciousness and are their own sufficient proof. For instance, we believe God to be Perfect in Goodness as well as Almighty, and yet if we employ the empty logic of the schools, instead of the higher metaphysic of faith and love that transcend our blind blundering morahty, we find it impossible to reconcile these two great at-tributes with the facts before us. Nature, life, experience, interpreted by the holy muddle of an arrested theology, seem to give the lie direct. God
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cannot be both one and the other. We are con-fronted by the common spectacle of weakness suf-fering rather than wickedness, and helpless inno-143 Digiti zed by Google 144 THE KEEPEE OF THE KEYS cence nailed to its usual glorious cross. How then shall we attempt to explain such awful anomahes and such a flagrant defiance of the most elemen-tary canons of justice? Eight arid reason, we might suppose, have no place or portion in a world that recognises no rule but that of brute force,
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and wallows in a weltering chaos of ethical con-fusion. But in a system governed by the funda-mental law of antagonism, we should antecedently expect something of this sort, a perpetual conflict between the cosmic process and the moral process, which yet at bottom agree the most when the most apparently they clash with each other. But the battle would be idle and useless, if it began and* ended in mere fighting for fighting's sake. By no other way can spiritual strength and stability be evolved. Christianity is essentially the principle of Progress, because it alone provides the true impulse and inspiration for growth in character and a new cometary curve to humanity. And how ^^hall we define it? We possess no clue excepting the Cross, and on the Cross we find the Innocent and Sinless Sufferer crucified. And if Calvary does not offer a solution for the problem of evil, nothing ever can or will. If our Lord Jesus Christ accepted and stooped to the yoke of sublime and supreme law, in His life by Incarnation, and in His Death for the Atonement, we can hardly call it unjust. It may be perhaps always a mystery, it must be intolerable to flesh and blood, but it is
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