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Tag: Ecclesiastes

These Good Days

“Do not ask, Why were the old days better than these? The wise do not ask such questions.” (Eccles. 7:10) Every age has its challenges — did you really expect yours to be any different? Blame your luke-warmness and lack of faith at least as much as the times. As the Roman Empire entered its sunset, St. Augustine observed, “Every day with Christ is a good day.” “But he did not know MY days” you say? Really? “When the days are good, be happy. When the days are evil, remember this, God has made the one as the other that mankind might know nothing of the future.” (Eccles. 7:14) We do not know the when of Omega, but we know…

Knowing What We Don’t Know

Aristotle says that the need to know is a basic human need, yet it remains with me largely unfulfilled in things that matter. Over and over runs the refrain throughout Ecclesiastes “you don’t know”, “we don’t know”, “no man knows.” It is good to unknow things that aren’t so. We want to know in order to control, in order to certainly extract happiness from this temporal life. That power eludes us despite self-help promises otherwise. Among those things we do not know are: “Whatever has happened” (7:24) What is happening (8:17) “What will happen next” (3:22; 6:11; 6:14) What disasters lie ahead (8:6 – 7; 11:1 – 5) What happens after death (3:20) “The meaning of anything” (8:1) Life or…