I will cut to the point on this one. I used the previous 2 articles to disprove some false accusations about the Bible from an atheist. Here is yet another case of a lack of intellectual integrity. Keep in mind that this is coming from those who boast in their ability to think critically and analyze the “facts”. Keep in mind what God says about people who claim that there is no God (atheists).
Here is a question from an atheist.
Now to answer this question, the atheist just cut and pasted two passages from the Bible without bothering to read the context of these passages to find out what is happening. That is a terrible mistake and when you do that, you will end up shooting yourself in the foot so to speak, with a faulty accusation.
5 For the living know they will die ; but the dead do not know anything, nor have they any longer areward, for their memory is forgotten. (Ecclesiastes 9)
2 “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but theothers to disgrace and everlasting contempt. (Daniel 12)
There seems to be a contradiction here, that is, if you just read these verses without their context and if you are reading in a superficial manner. Upon further research and study of the chapters, you will see how faulty the atheist’s logic is and how superficial his views of the Bible are.
I. You need to understand the context of Ecclesiastes in order to understand why the author wrote what he wrote here. The author of Ecclesiastes is a man who has tried everything in life, trying to find satisfaction. He has tried all of the pleasures that this life has to offer before turning to God for ultimate satisfaction. After trying all the things that life has to offer, the author determines that life is meaningless and there is no point to it. You live, life is terrible, and then you die and that is all there is. That is the thought process of the atheist today. That is not where the book of Ecclesiastes ends. The book continues about the purpose and meaning of life by turning to God. Once a person turns to God he then gains a new perspective and understanding of life and even death. I am sure that the atheist writer who accuses the Bible of contradicting itself knew these important truths because he studied Ecclesiastes in depth, right? I doubt it.
II. The quote used from Ecclesiastes is a bad translation of the original. The quote that I used is a direct translation from the original Hebrew. It is clear that the passage does not talk about the dead being forgotten. It talks about the memory (the mind) of the dead being forgotten. So, I want to challenge the atheist who wrote this supposed contradiction to show a little bit of intellectual integrity and study up a bit before making such bold accusations with flimsy logic and little proof.
III. The Bible teaches that the dead will rise again, to judgment for the nonbeliever (atheist) and reward for the believer.
11Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth andheaven fled away, and no place was found for them.12And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books wereopened ; and another book was opened, which is the book of life ; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.14Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake offire.15And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20)
If you are not a follower of Jesus Christ when you die, then on that day (Judgment Day), your body will arise from the earth and you will stand before God and be judged for every deed that you ever committed (even in thought). You deeds will stand open for the king of the universe to see, as well as for all who are present. That, to me, is a very scary thought. Then you will experience the 2nd death in the lake of fire, an eternal death where you will be tormented for all eternity. That can be avoided if you will humble yourself and admit that you are wrong and God is right. The believers will also arise and stand before a judge, although not before the Great White throne of God. We will stand before Christ and give an account of how we served Him on this earth.
10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may berecompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. (II Corinthians 5)
Once you get right with God through repentance, all of your sins are wiped away. Now God takes account of what you do for Him with the gifts He gives you through the power of the Holy Spirit.
As you can see, all of us will resurrect one day, that is clearly what the Bible teaches. The purpose of the resurrection differs greatly depending on whether or not you lived for the Lord or not. If you did not live for the Lord then the resurrection will be to judgment and punishment. If you lived for the Lord then the resurrection will be for eternal rewards. Which will you choose?