The Dead — Where Are They? 6 Death for man and beast

Death for man and beast

Having noted the Scripture testimony that death is the same for both good and evil men, it is now necessary for us to learn a further lesson; viz., that death as such is the same for man as for the beast — the cessation of life. This may appear humiliating to us, who regard ourselves as lords of creation; but if it be true there can be no possible advantage in disregarding it

“That which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts’,

even one thing befalleth them; us the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one. breath, so that a man hath no pre-eminence above a beast, for all is vanity. All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. Who knoweth the spirit of man whether [this reading is supported by many versions, including the Revised] it goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast, whether it goeth downward to the earth?” (Eccl. 3:19-21.)

It would seem that already in Solomon’s day, nearly 3000 years ago, there were philosophers arguing on the same lines as those mentioned at the beginning of this chapter, that man had some advantage over the beast in death. Solomon reproves these, not with the unwisdom derived from his association with false religions, but by expressing the sentiments of the divinely inspired Psalms of his father David, which he must often have heard sung in the temple service. In view of Ps 6:5: 88:10; 115:17*, what else could he have written than

“Who knoweth the spirit of man, whether it goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast, whether it goeth downward to the earth?”

Surely the vain philosophers did not know it, even though they may have thought and taught it; and Solomon, instructed by divine wisdom, knew what the philosophers did not know, viz., that man and beast have one breath, breathe the same air, and when they cease to breathe they cease to live.
This being so, the good man, as far as death itself is concerned, is no better off than the evil one, and the beast is no worse than either.

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“For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall praise thee?” (Ps 6:5 GenevaBible)

“ Wilt thou show a miracle to the dead? or shall the dead rise and praise thee? Selah.” (Ps 88:10 GenevaBible)

“ The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into the place of silence.” (Ps 115:17 GenevaBible)

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Preceding

The Dead — Where Are They? 1 Universal Inquiry

The Dead — Where Are They? 2 Scientific Answer

The Dead — Where Are They? 3 The Spiritualist’s Answer 

The Dead — Where Are They? 4 The Bible’s Answer

The Dead — Where Are They? 5 Sheol, Hades, Hell, Gehenna

Are we taken up into heaven straight after we die?

Next

The Dead — Where Are They? 7 Man became a living soul

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Additional reading

  1. Creation of the earth and man #16 Formation of man #8 Dust, flesh, blood,breathing and life
  2. Creation of the earth and man #17 Man in the image and likeness of the Elohim #1 In the image and after the likeness
  3. First mention of a solution against death 4 A seed for mankind
  4. What is life?
  5. Dying or not

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Stairway to heaven

Further reading

  1. Life-form
  2. Perspective No. 2 – Measuring Life
  3. The Last Taboo
  4. On Dying Arts and the Art of Dying
  5. How We Learn About Death, Part 2
  6. Death demands a reality
  7. Death – the harsh reality of life
  8. Death – the expected intruder in the pathway of life
  9. Death – a steppingstone to the better
  10. On Dying
  11. Its not the end..-mortal..immortal
  12. Of Easter witches and dire death
  13. Challenging Challenges – What’s Worth Dying For?
  14. Laundry List: On Death Recollection
  15. Choices
  16. Fear of death
  17. Bringing Death to Life
  18. Hope for the Dead – The Resurrection
  19. The Duality of Truth
  20. on the pertinence of Dying 
  21. My problem with Psalm 6

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