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Ecclesiastes: The Meaning of Life (2 of 20)
Ecclesiastes 1:1-2, 12-14; 12:13-14
Introduction: Some of you have heard me say this before. It is still true. The three most important rules for understanding the Bible are 1) context, 2) context, and 3) context. This simply means that you can prove anything from the Bible--if you take it out of context. Or the quickest route to misunderstanding anything in the Bible is to read it out of context.
Perhaps you have heard the old illustration of this. I can prove from the Bible that a person ought to commit suicide. It's all right there in the Bible. I am not making it up. First, turn to Matthew 27:5, " Then Judas went away and hanged himself." That is clear enough. It is right there in black and white. Can there be any question about that? Now turn to Luke 10:37, "Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise." Can it be any clearer? Jesus said we should do the same thing. Go. Do. Likewise is the clincher. In the Greek, that word likewise means to do the same thing as another. Judas hanged himself. Jesus said do the same thing. Next turn to John 14:21, "Jesus said, Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me." Do you love Jesus? If so, you will do what he said. Judas hanged himself. Jesus said to do likewise. Love for Jesus calls for obedience. Obedience means hang yourself. Right! It's all right there in the Bible, isn't it? Finally, turn to John 13:27. "What you are about to do, do quickly," Jesus told him. It is never good to delay obedience. Now is always the right time to do what Jesus commands. Can anyone disagree with that? I have proved without a doubt, using only the Bible (you do believe the Bible don't you) that every person who truly loves Jesus must commit suicide. End of discussion. Case proved!
Nonsense. I proved nothing. But what I did is no more ridiculous that a lot of what you can hear from very serious, sincere preachers a ...
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