Sunday, May 28, 2017

Does Ecclesiastes Affirm The Doctrine Of Soul Sleep?

  • Introduction:
          -Advocates of the soul sleep doctrine usually quote Ecclesiastes 9:5 and Ecclesiastes 12:7 to provide biblical justification for their theological position on the afterlife. In other words, they usually quote Old Testament texts to establish their denial of conscious life after death. The phrase "the dead do not know anything" is interpreted to mean that the human soul ceases to remain conscious after our physical bodies die. But what is being forgotten about here is the surrounding context of these soul sleep proof-texts.
  • The Book Of Ecclesiastes Does Not Support The Doctrine Of Soul Sleep:
          -The entire context of this book was written from the human perspective of life on earth. In other words, it is about how things work in this world. It is about how things are done "under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:1-3). In the verses in question, the author Solomon is not making any doctrinal statements about the consciousness of the soul after death. A person "knows nothing" after death because his or her soul has returned to the God who gave it. Death is simply the end of our stay here in this world.

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