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Solomon's Folly, The Book of Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes is a perplexing book of the Bible. It is considered by many to be inspired. Yet it is written from the perspective of unbelief. It was included in the books of the Old Testament because it contained the writings of Solomon.

The problem is, the book contains outright lies. It says the earth lasts forever in chapter one. It says the wisdom Solomon possessed is meaningless. Both these statements are not true. However, King Solomon had a spiritual gift that may not have been accompanied by salvation. While the prophets and Old Covenant saints looked for a heavenly country, as stated in Hebrews chapter 11, Solomon said the world lasted forever. He didn't have a clue

So, the gift of wisdom is considered to be meaningful to the elect in God. The prophets, King David and the elect in Christ all viewed wisdom as being important. Wisdom even stands for Christ according to David. Solomon had a wisdom, and gifts. But they were not accompanied by faith.

Paul said there were those who were ever learning but never able to come to the truth. If Solomon was that sort of person, then perhaps the book was included to show what man cannot know on his own, with his own wisdom and learning.

Also, King Solomon may have been one who had the power of God in gifts without the actual regeneration of the Spirit. He was conspicuously absent from the group of Hebrews 11.

In Chapter 2, Solomon viewed death as being the end of the fool and the wise. Certainly David would not have believed that. The elect in Christ and the prophets would not have believed that.

In chapter 3, Solomon speaks of judgement, but not of mercy. He speaks of animals dying and people dying and has no understanding of the destination of spirit of each. The animals are saved because it was not their fault in the Garden of Eden. God is a just God and will save them.

Most people will not be saved because in order for people to be saved they must be saved in this life through mercy, not justice. And they must be saved in Christ. And they must be saved by the gospel which existed before the law of Moses, and which exists after the law of Moses, in the New Law of Christ, faith to the end. Mercy saves a few people, but the world is lost.

We see nothing of this faith in chapter 4 of Ecclesiastes, where Solomon says that the one not born is better off than all those who died. But this is not true of those who die in faith. Solomon is not expressing faith.

Chapter 5 is a lesson in fearing God. But it is more that riches corrupt and are meaningless and that Solomon knows the pleasure they give are simply a distraction from the human condition. They are a gift but are also a distraction from the human condition.

Chapter 6 starts out very disappointing, with more wisdom from the world. Solomon seems to be loaded with wisdom of the world besides the wisdom that God granted him to carry out being king. For he says that if people are given prosperity that they should enjoy it. Well, I thought in chapter 5 that he saw prosperity as a distraction. He can't make up his mind.

Solomon ends chapter 6 with another statement of unbelief:

  12 For who knows what is good for a person in life, during the few and meaningless days they pass through like a shadow? Who can tell them what will happen under the sun after they are gone?

I can't see David saying that he would not know what is good for a person in life. Faith in the coming Messiah was good for David and the Old Covenant saints. Solomon is not speaking faith at all.

In chapter 7, Solomon says that sorrow is better than laughter. Of course, previously he said people should enjoy their prosperity. But now he says that is not such a good way. And he says his life is meaningless in verse 15!

Solomon then says you shouldn't be too righteous or two wicked. Sort of in between is his standard. But we know that righteousness is imputed to the believer. The gift of faith to the elect is proof that God has reckoned righteousness to the accounts of the believers. This is not the Methodist evil doctrine of righteousness being infused. No, righteousness does not become our own. It is reckoned to our account but still belongs to God. Only God is righteous.

Solomon wants a little righteousness, whatever that means to him.

But in verse 20, Solomon speaks the truth when he says:

Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous,    no one who does what is right and never sins.

But then he goes on to say that he has found one upright man in a thousand but no upright women. But we know men and women are equal heirs to salvation. So, Solomon is speaking without wisdom.

Solomon goes on to make this astonishingly stupid statement in chapter 8: 

14 There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: the righteous who get what the wicked deserve, and the wicked who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless. 15 So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.
So, supposedly the "inspired" Solomon is saying the opposite of truth. He is saying eat, drink and be merry, and that there is nothing better! He is wrong. That is not inspired talk. Solomon is a lesson all right, for his lack of faith and his wisdom that is worldly.

Solomon continues his stupidity in chapter 9:

1 So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands, but no one knows whether love or hate awaits them. 2 All share a common destiny—the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad,[a] the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not.

 He says earthly wisdom that a live dog is better off than a dead lion. But clearly, a just God saves the lion and the dog in death, and they are better off than when they were roaming the earth. Their souls are with God.

Chapter 10 shows Solomon preoccupied with putting fear in the hearts of the poor, to not criticize the rich or the king or it may get back to them. What a jerk.

Chapter 11 is not worth mentioning.

Chapter 12 proclaims everything is meaningless. Solomon says remember your creator. I can hardly believe that he would not change the other 11 chapters to reflect this remembrance in his own life, if it were real. I doubt Solomon.

Then he ends the rant with the admonition to Fear God. But this warning is inconsistent with the entire work which tears down faith. He cannot believe that one should fear God if he doesn't go back and reject this statement in chapter 9 that I will one more time mention:

1 So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands, but no one knows whether love or hate awaits them. 2 All share a common destiny—the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad,[a] the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not.

Solomon cannot be taken seriously as a man of God. 

NIV is the translation I prefer and was used in quoting these scriptures.


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