Nothing Under The Sun Is New


#1

Ecclesiastes Chapter 1-10

The vanity of all temporal things.

[1] The words of Ecclesiastes, the son of David, king of Jerusalem. [2] Vanity of vanities, said Ecclesiastes vanity of vanities, and all is vanity. [3] What hath a man more of all his labour, that he taketh under the sun? [4] One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth standeth for ever. [5] The sun riseth, and goeth down, and returneth to his place: and there rising again,

[6] Maketh his round by the south, and turneth again to the north: the spirit goeth forward surveying all places round about, and returneth to his circuits. [7] All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea doth not overflow: unto the place from whence the rivers come, they return, to flow again. [8] All things are hard: man cannot explain them by word. The eye is not filled with seeing, neither is the ear filled with hearing. [9] What is it that hath been? the same thing that shall be. What is it that hath been done? the same that shall be done. [10] Nothing under the sun is new, neither is any man able to say: Behold this is new: for it hath already gone before in the ages that were before us.

Sorry my minds in the fog today, change in seizure meds.
Anyways sorry for asking, feel stupid.
Does the verse Nothing Under The Sun Is New incorperating the whole context "verses" relating to Vanity in all things written herein mean just that in the literal sense?

Thanks
Sorry again for asking.:blush:


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[quote="centurionguard, post:1, topic:311991"]
Ecclesiastes Chapter 1-10

Sorry my minds in the fog today, change in seizure meds.
Anyways sorry for asking, feel stupid.
Does the verse Nothing Under The Sun Is New incorperating the whole context "verses" relating to Vanity in all things written herein mean just that in the literal sense?

Thanks
Sorry again for asking.:blush:

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Treasures that do not help on the path to Christ are vanity. It is vanity to store up treasures on earth because after you die, they cease. The richest man in the world will one day die and his wealth will be of no benefit to him in the afterlife (hence it is vanity). :)


#3

It simply means that men, since the fall of Adam, have always been as they are now--sinners prone to sin. No matter what new discoveries we might make or things we might build, we are still the same as Adam-sinners in need of redemption.


#4

The Ancient Egyptians would write on walls. The modern Facebook users write on walls. There is nothing new under the sun. ;)


#5

[quote="Della, post:3, topic:311991"]
It simply means that men, since the fall of Adam, have always been as they are now--sinners prone to sin. No matter what new discoveries we might make or things we might build, we are still the same as Adam-sinners in need of redemption.

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Thank You Della; sounds more in tune with Saint Thomas a Kempiis.
Imitation of Christ.

**Chapter 1
COUNSELS ON THE SPIRITUAL LIFE

'HE who follows Me shall not walk in darkness,' says Our Lord. (John 8:2)

In these words Christ counsels us to follow His life and way if we desire true enlightenment and freedom from all blindness of heart (Mark 3:5). Let the life of Jesus Christ, then, be our first consideration.

The teaching of Jesus far transcends all the teachings of the Saints, and whosoever has His spirit will discover concealed in it heavenly manna (Rev. 2: 17) But many people, although they often hear the Gospel, feel little desire to follow it, because they lack the spirit of Christ (Rom 8:9). Whoever desires to understand and take delight in the words of Christ must strive to conform his whole life to Him.

Of what use is it to discourse learnedly on the Trinity, if you lack humility and therefore displease the Trinity? Lofty words do not make a man just or holy; but a good life makes him dear to God. I would far rather feel contrition than be able to define it. If you knew the whole Bible by heart, and all the teachings of the philosophers, how would this help you without the grace and love of God? `Vanity of vanities, and all is vanity,'(Eccles. I: 2) except to love God and serve Him alone (Deut. 6:13). And this is supreme wisdom - to despise the world, and draw daily nearer the kingdom of heaven.

It is vanity to solicit honors, or to raise oneself to high station. It is vanity to be a slave to bodily desires,'(Gal.5:16) and to crave for things which bring certain retribution. It is vanity to wish for long life, if you care little for a good life. It is vanity to give thought only to this present life, and to care nothing for the life to come. It is vanity to love things that so swiftly pass away, and not to hasten onwards to that place where everlasting joy abides.

Keep constantly in mind the saying, `The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. '(Eccles. 1:8). Strive to withdraw your heart from the love of visible things, and direct your affections to things invisible. For those who follow only their natural inclinations defile their conscience, and lose the grace of God.**

Fraternally Yours In Christ Jesus
Chris

P.S. A brief lapsed moment out of the fog. :blush:


#6

All things belong to God. But all our acts are not of God. In the end, Fear God and adhere to his commandments, for this is man’s all.


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