It has an obvious
theme, in the traditional White against Black sides, good versus evil. The symbology
of the good guys is obvious:
King - Secular
Leader, but with the Church close on his side (King's Bishop)
Queen - All the
King's secular forces combined into a powerful tool of his administration. Starts
at his side, to show His dominance. Straight and Diagonal movement shows the
ability to apply to all problems and situations.
Bishop - liaison
between Man and God, the administration of the House of the Lord on Earth. Keeps
to one color, to show that the church has limitations in it's applicability,
BUT there are TWO Bishops, one for the Church, one for the Congregation, and
between the two of them, they can get anywhere. Shows the transparent MYTH of
Separation of Church and State.
Knight - The Special
Forces, able to attack from unseen angles, and retreat across obstacles. The
90-degree component seen by many to symbolize the duality of God's Might and
Rook - Portrayed
in most modern sets as a castle, examination of early structures leads many
to conclude it is actually a church, historically. Either way usually exemplifies
a building made of Stone, and "On this stone I shall build a church."
Pawn - All the
multitudes of Man, serving God best by stepping blindly forward.
Of course, the
Black side, the Evil, has the same components. Considering that the Dark One
has his followers and his Bishops, we know what God has stated about False Religions:
"As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto
you than that ye have received, let him be accursed."
This makes it seem
that someone playing chess, especially on the White Side, is acting out a morality
play, attacking the forces of Darkness and crushing them under his heel. There
lies the trick that ensnares millions of innocent souls every year.
Evil has, mathematically,
as much of a chance to win as Good. The only restriction between the colors
is that White moves first. In reality, The Good side should have more power
than the evil, for the Lord has said, regarding HIS believers: "Behold, I give
unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of
the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Unfortunately, the 'powers'
given to the individual units of a chess set are evenly matched by their direct
is the power of the Queen. She is clearly portrayed as the King's wife, but
granted greater power and maneuverability. She travels and works independently
of the King, if nominally at his 'bidding.' This directly conflicts with MANY
biblical verses, to wit:
- "...and thy
desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee."
- "But I would
have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman
is the man; and the head of Christ is God."
- "Let your women
keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak;
but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if
they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is
a shame for women to speak in the church."
- "Wives, submit
yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the
head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the
saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let
the wives be to their own husbands in every thing."
- "Wives, submit
yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord."
- "Let the woman
learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor
to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first
formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived
was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing."
- "Likewise, ye
wives, be in subjection to your own husbands."
A further heresy
implicit in the play of Chess, is that of returning lost souls to play. If a
simple pawn makes it unmolested to the final rank of the enemy's side, he can
be transmuted to any other piece of the game. In this manner, lost pieces can
be regained. The bible clearly shows that there is only one event of importance
following an individual's death, and that is the judgement. After that, the
soul is sent Heavenwards or dropped into the Lake of Fire. Reincarnation is
the devil's idea.
In addition to
problems with the rules, certain conventions of game play are offensive to any
True Christian that has seen the Truth. It is possible, if care is not taken,
to move the Knight in such a manner that the outline of a Pentagram is described
on the board, an incontrovertible sign of Satan.
throughout most of the game, the mechanism of capturing a piece results in removal
of the lost piece. In the final move, of EVERY chess game, the King is not captured.
Instead, the losing player lays his King down on the board, mimicking a ritualistic
Does it still sound
like a simple 'Game?'