16 August 2009

Eternity in Ecclesiastes?

I've been wanting to blog about Ecclesiastes 3:11 and why the usual interpretation of "eternity in the hearts of men" just doesn't fit with the rest of the book. Fortunately, someone else has thought through it and came to a conclusion that I'm in favor of.

Eccl. 3:11 (NIV)
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

The paraphrase of how it could be translated:
God has made everything appropriate in its time. He has placed darkness in the human heart so that people cannot discover all God has done.

I encourage you to read the article, because this isn't just about a word translation. It speaks to our desire for an explanation for evil. Why do bad things happen? Why must there be a time to be born and a time to die? A time to weep and a time to laugh? A time for war and a time for peace?

The response is that this is simply what God has chosen to do and it isn't for us to question Him. Just trust God.

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