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In both of these stories there is a spiritual crisis that awaits being noticed I think that in both of these stories there is an underlying theme that death has the final say in our lives and that there is not really much that we can do about it In learning that our time will come we tend to look at things especially our lives in different ways In Ecclesiastes the major spiritual crisis is that we must admit that death has the final say in our lives This is something that all people must come to terms with and accept Although the main spiritual crisis in Ecclesiastes is the fact that death is evivitable other crisis arise from the actual book There are many apparent contradictions between statements in Ecclesiastes and other Old Testament books For example verse 9 says the dead know nothing they have no further reward contradicts with the Biblical view of life after death heaven etc Qoheleth says his views are based on his own reasoning and what is done under the sun Qoheleth tried to determine lifes meaning by using his own ability of observation and experience Although some of these views coincide with the traditional views of the Bible the fact still remains that death will overcome us all The presence of death is something that can turn ones views on life completely around It is something like this that would make us take our lives more seriously something that one should look forward to doing anyway We learn through chapter 9 where it states that man should rejoice in his works and in his world this should be followed and strived upon to make our lives more complete If we do this realizing that our deaths are inevitable we would enjoy our lives more and we might not think about death as much untill our time has come Some
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