my thoughts on Ecclesiastes

Posted: September 16, 2014 in Ma-Papel (Paperworks), Theology, thought to ponder

A memoir, according to the dictionary, is a record of events written by person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation. This is the view I have on the book of Ecclesiastes. It is like an old man writing his thoughts out loud for the benefit of the youth. It is like a grandfather who would want to retell his stories so that the young could avoid the wrongdoings he committed throughout his life.

It is in my belief that Solomon is the writer of the book of Ecclesiastes. Although there are debates and arguments that it could be that it was not him, the point is the book of Ecclesiastes is included in the Bible. It is God’s word spoken to man for our profit. The book of Ecclesiastes should be read with an open mind, as a person who would block off the book is starting in the wrong footing. There are times when the writer of the book feels contradictory to the other passages in the Bible but we must remember that this is sort of a reflection. Weigh the words carefully, read it in context before jumping into conclusions.

Ecclesiastes deals with some of the hardest subjects in our lives. It talks about wisdom, wealth, politics, death, contentment and points us out that at the end of the day, it goes back to God. The book reminds us that we have to remember God, have a relationship with God while we our young. It is a book that talks of the regrets of chasing after the wrong things.

This is one book I would read over and over again as similar to the psalms, except that instead of emotions, Ecclesiastes seems to be dealing with reasoning (logic) than emotions.


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