ABC:Ecclesiastes 1

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Verse 4

American Atheist's list at American Atheists claims this is a contradiction and make the following comments (italicized).[1]

American Atheists ignore v. 13, which refers to "new heavens and a new Earth." Just because the Earth gets burned, does not mean it will no longer exist. The "Day of the Lord" referred to in 2 Peter 3:10 is constantly referred to throughout the Bible as a fiery destruction that leaves the land barren, yet does not utterly destroy Earth itself as a planet. (cp. Is. 13:9-22; 34:9-17; Joel 2:1-32; 3:14-21; Ob. 1:15-21; Zep. 1:7-18; 2:2-15; 14:1-21;)

Verse 7 asserts the Bible contradicts reality in referring to 'treasures of the snow' and 'treasures of the hail', and claims "storehouses are not part of the [hydrological] cycle."[2]

Perhaps Meritt was unaware of how snow and hail are formed within extratropical cyclones. However, the snow/hail formation within such extratropical cyclones could well be the "treasures of snow/hail" referred to by the Bible, and there is no reason to assume a contradiction when there is a ready explanation. Ecclesiastes 1:7 by the way is a very good summary of the hydrological cycle.

Verse 19 claims a contradiction with other verses on wisdom with the heading, "Is it folly to be wise or not?"[3]

The first two passages in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes do not contradict at all. One can be urged to get wisdom and understanding, yet the road to doing so will include sorrow and grief. Concerning 1 Corinthians, the passage does not refer to godly wisdom, but the wisdom of this world, as revealed by other Scriptures. That 1 Corinthians 1 is referring to the wisdom of the world specifically is clear from verses 20-21, which Infidels failed to quote, and by doing so did not provide the correct context. Verse 21 clearly shows this "wisdom of the world" is being contrasted with "the wisdom of God". Verse 24 likewise continues, "Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God."

Other verses show a distinction between godly wisdom, which brings eternal life, and the wisdom of this world, which results in destruction. If were honest, they would quote the next chapter as well, which shows wisdom of this world is being contrasted with the wisdom of God, but they do not do so because it would not serve their dishonest aim to disprove the Bible.

The Apostle James likewise contrasts the wisdom of this world with the wisdom of God:

Therefore, it is apparent two kinds of wisdom are being addressed by both Paul and James, a wisdom of this world, and a wisdom of God. Had examined the passages honestly, they would have easily observed this.


  1. N.a. (2019). "Biblical Contradictions? American Atheists.
  2. Meritt, Jim (1992). A list of Biblical contradictions. Retrieved from
  3. Meritt, Jim (1992). A list of Biblical contradictions. Retrieved from