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AdventureGirl

AdventureGirl

Have you girls read Ecclesiastes? The reason I find it so weird is because some things Solomon wrote in it seem so intelligence and full of common sense, and then the very next verse completely contradicts other scripture and what we know to be true. Take a look at this passage:

Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 MSG

“Seize life! Eat bread with gusto,
Drink wine with a robust heart.
Oh yes—God takes pleasure in your pleasure!
Dress festively every morning.
Don’t skimp on colors and scarves.
Relish life with the spouse you love
Each and every day of your precarious life.
Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange
For the hard work of staying alive.
Make the most of each one!
Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily!
This is your last and only chance at it,
For there’s neither work to do nor thoughts to think
In the company of the dead, where you’re most certainly headed.”

It’s a great passage until you get to the last couple lines. It makes it sound like once you die, that’s it. You don’t go anywhere. But we know from other passages in scripture we go to Heaven, and there will be a new earth and our knowledge will be complete (1 Corinthians 13:12) so clearly we will be thinking and I doubt we’ll be idle while were there :P.

Someone said that while Proverbs reveals the wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiastes reveals his foolishness (the result of him being away from God) I think it makes sense. Someone else said that Ecclesiastes were the result of Solomon’s thoughts while he was depressed, and that’s why they jump around from brilliant to foolish.

Your thoughts? 🙂

July 26, 2015 at 13:49
Celby

Celby

I too have had difficulty understanding the wisdom of Ecclesiastes, whereas I generally understand that of Proverbs, one of my favorite books in the Bible. What I know is that all the Bible says is true…

July 26, 2015 at 17:56
Nate

Nate

What is the one thing we can’t do in heaven? Change the course of nature on this earth by our actions, or ideas. He doesn’t mean that we won’t be able to think or do anything after we die, we just won’t be able to effect the course of history, and so it won’t matter what we do\think anymore. That is what I take the last verse to mean. We will all one day die (or join the company of the dead), so that is a true statement, too.
None of this is contrary to any other verse in the bible. All of Ecclesiastes is sensible, and God-directed.

July 26, 2015 at 19:31
Mandi_lee2014

Mandi_lee2014

So Im just going to add what I see in that passage. Everything that Solomon is talking about in that is materialistic. They are worshipping an idol essentially, not God. And that leads to ultimate death, and hell, not heaven. And you dont get to take these things with you, as he is pointing out.

I havent really listened to it (although I started to) but a pastor I regularly listen to did a sermon series on this book. Here is the link if you are curious

http://www.freshlifechurch.com/series/teaching_page.php?id=6

July 27, 2015 at 16:11
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