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Biblical wisdom

Last Sunday, I took great pleasure in reading the Bible, though in parts. The edition was called 'Good News Edition.' That was good enough reason for me to read it as anything hinting at good is good and welcome.

india Updated: Oct 05, 2010 00:16 IST
P.P. Wangchuk

Last Sunday, I took great pleasure in reading the Bible, though in parts. The edition was called 'Good News Edition.' That was good enough reason for me to read it as anything hinting at good is good and welcome.

There is a part known as Ecclesiastes, which, apart from other things, contains thoughts about life and how 'useless' it is. I found it interesting but could not agree on some of the thoughts. One such was: The day you die is better than the day you were born." But then there were other gems of wisdom. For instance, it goads one to believe and keep in mind that sorrow is always better than laughter because it may sadden your face but it sharpens your understanding of life. That is good, I liked it and of late I have adopted that kind of life style.

One must, the Bible says, make it a point to go to a home where there is mourning than to one where there is a party. The logic behind this being that one gets an ideal opportunity to remind one's self that life is short and death may be waiting at the next turn. This should make one make full use of 'now' as tomorrow may or may not come.

The Bible says, in circumstances when you are restless, and the mind is bedeviled, think of God and convince yourself that what God has done can't be undone. "How can anyone straighten out what God has made crooked?" In other words, as the Bible says, when things are going well for you, be glad; and when trouble comes, just remember the fact that God sends both happiness and trouble. One has no way to know what will happen next.

This reminds me of the futility and uselessness of life in the words of French Renaissance writer Michael de Montaigne, "The continuous labour of your life is to build the house of death."

How terrifying, and yet how true! But let's keep those thoughts off our mind. Just keep these simple words in mind: "Tomorrow may or may not come, act now."

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