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I got into a rather heated debate with a friend of a friend on Facebook concerning a ballot issue here in my state. When I quoted a certain scripture to him he accused me of “cherry picking” which was funny, because: 1) he had started off his conversation doing that very thing and, 2) if he knew who he was talking to he would realize how strongly I feel about taking such a microscopic view of scriptures.

I had this very same thought in relation to an article I read in the Watchtower those two nice Jehovah’s Witnesses ladies gave me this past week. The article is entitled What Will Happen When I Die? – November 1, 2012:

What does the Bible teach? The Bible does not teach that at death some part of a person lives on. God inspired King Solomon to write: “The living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all.” (Ecc 9:5 NWT). Those who are “conscious of nothing” are totally unaware of their surroundings. They cannot feel or act. So the dead cannot help or harm the living.

This is a prime example of why it is so important to take the bible as whole book and examine each chapter for the purpose for which it was written. The book of Ecclesiastes was written about Solomon’s life apart from God. His attempts to be happy without God by using materialism, science, wisdom and philosophy, and wealth, you name it. He uses the term “Under the Sun” 29 times. A term that basically means living this life”without God” or not a “Child of God”. Ecclesiastes 9:5 is simply stating that this is what death looks like if death is the end and this is all there is. Consider please the verse that follows:

Ecclesiastes 9:6 NKJV: Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished; Nevermore will they have a share In anything done under the sun.

God has already told us what happens to the soul when it dies. The body is put in the grave and it is the body that sleeps. The soul of the Child of God , as the scriptures make very clear, is absent from the body and present with the Lord. 2 Cor 5:6-8.

The Bible is beautiful story of our salvation; it is not just a jumble of scriptures or collection of books.


The following is an excellent video explanation on the Book of Ecclesiastes:



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