Much of the book of Proverbs contrasts two things to show their dissimilarity by highlighting both extremes, such as “A good man obtains favour from the Lord, but He condemns a crafty man” (Prov 12:2).

Here is a further selection from the Bible: the way of God and the way of evil are portrayed as two diametrically opposed alternatives (Ps 1:1-6); Jesus came to give abundant life, the devil tries to steal, kill and destroyed it (Jn 10:10); the broad road leading to death is contrasted with the narrow road that leads to life (Mt 7:13); these two alternatives are described as light and darkness (Jn 8:12; Act 26:18); the Spirit and flesh war against each other (Gal 5:17); we either live for self and reap destruction or live for God’s kingdom resulting in eternal life (Gal 6:8); Christians pass from death to life (Jn 5:24; Rom 6:13,23); possessions can either decay on earth or be preserved in heaven (Mt 6:19-21); the fruits of the two natures (Gal 5:19-24); what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? (2 Cor 6:14). God keeps His promises: Satan promises but doesn’t deliver (Tit 1:2; Rev 12:9).

Jesus ended His Sermon on the Mount with the illustration contrasting those that hear and apply His teachings with those who hear and don’t put it into practice – the result is dramatic (Mt 7:24-27).

There should be a marked contrast in us now compared to what there was before we knew Jesus (Rom 6:19; 2 Cor 5:16,17). If our lives are not undergoing transformation, we should ask ‘why not?’

God is a God of love and mercy but also justice; He doesn’t want anyone to go to hell, yet won’t allow anyone not covered by the blood of Christ into heaven – there is no third option available. The ultimate difference will be forever exemplified by the torment experienced by those eternally damned as opposed to those rejoicing with Jesus their Saviour in a place of eternal life. We are given the choice, as to which we will experience. 

In spite of challenges and spiritual opposition as Christians, we should have a positive outlook on life rather than a defeatist attitude because through His salvation we have “everything we

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need for life and godliness” (2 Pet 1:3). This is in contrast to those without Christ who don’t have any worthwhile long-term prospects so no wonder they are critical, pessimistic and confused. “There will be a distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not” (Mal 3:18). Religion is focused on following manmade rules and will not result in eternal life, in contrast Christianity is foremost a relationship with Christ culminating in eternal life.

See also: compare/comparison, difference, eternal damnation, eternal life, position in Christ, Proverbs.