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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Are Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon Authentic? - First Thoughts

Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon
This is a continuation of a series of refutations against a list published by a person claiming to be one of Jehovah's Witnesses (but who is not) who attacked the Bible. My Words are in bold. (Also The Self-Harmony of the Bible can be found in the downloads page, a link to which is on the right.)

1)      Ecclesiastes was written under the directions of Solomon, evidently, when he was about to die. It was written by Solomon and there is no reason to say it was when he was about to die (which seems to be a subtle attempt to discredit the book since Solomon was an apostate when he died).

2)    Throughout the book, the expression “everything is vanity” can be found. 1 Corinthians 15:58 and 3:8 show that not everything is vanity. The point of Ecclesiastes is to show how, apart from God everything is vanity. Things are enjoyable, but only God’s will and obeying him have lasting value.

3)    Luke 20:27 shows that Ecclesiastes 1:11 is false. How, Luke 20:27 has very little to do with Ecclesiastes 1:11. Furthermore Ecclesiastes 1:11 is not an absolute statement, but one which is true in a general way, for do you remember much about your great-grandparents?

4)    Ecclesiastes 7:3 is also not scientifically correct. I suppose that you think heart is literal as opposed to the figurative heart (that is obviously meant).

5)    Ecclesiastes 10:4 disagrees with 1 Samuel 9:17, 18; and 1 Samuel 23:26. What 1 Samuel 9:17,18 has to do with this, I know not. Also you again fail to note the general (as opposed to absolute) nature of such wisdom lit. (as well as proverbs in general).

6)    Ecclesiastes 10:4 disagrees with 1 Samuel 9:17, 18; and 1 Samuel 23:26. What 1 Samuel 9:17,18 has to do with this, I know not. Also you again fail to note the general (as opposed to absolute) nature of such wisdom lit. (as well as proverbs in general).

7)    Luke 19:44 shows that Ecclesiastes 10:8 is also false. No it doesn’t. Luke is a judgment on Jerusaelm. Ecclesiastes is a general warning about people working and the need to be alert to such dangers, see the context.


8)    Song of Solomon is a book based on eroticism. Eroticism can be expressed healthfully. This book is a far cry from Greek plays and art.

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