One of the things that we banged around endlessly was the book of Ecclesiastes – because it is very dim on the view of an afterlife. So, this is what some of the references/cross references look like. (I am using my Scofield reference KJV, folks seem more comfortable trying to trip you up with the KJV.)
So, if the JW come to your door and want to tell you about the passage in Ecc… now I have notes so I can pull them to a couple of passages elsewhere in the OT…
But God will redeem my soul from Sheol…
Solomon was NOT a faithful follower of God, even though God appeared to him personally, TWICE. So his writings are accurate – as his writings – but they don’t necessarily reflect the truth.*
*The fact that Ecc is the best example of the futility of an atheistic world-view, and how Solomon processed through all that and came back to an understanding of the Truth (although he seems not to have done a lot about it) completely falls through. *I* know this, but explaining this in an apologetics setting is beyond pointless.
I woke up early this morning and did this with a few places, some key verses that get quoted at you often. The fine-tip gel pens I’m using don’t soak through and they’re tidy. Probably spend a couple more hours working on this before I start bounding around for the day.
This is all about “not being sloppy”. See, I *know* good doctrine – but quoting a verse back, with reference, on the spot – um. No. Much better to have it written down so I can look it up. Everyone calling on your door is so happy if you look things up!
I leave you with two concepts… one from Francis Chan, “You agree that the Bible is the infallible word of God, right? Would what you believe (insert belief here) be something that you would have arrived at if you only read the Bible?”
And a verse that God brought me to in regards to the Trinity.
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.