Monday, January 28, 2013

gravity always wins: Radiohead and Christianity Part IV

Part I, Part II, and Part III

19 For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity.  20 All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return.  21 Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth?
- Ecclesiastes 3:19-21   

2 It is the same for all, since the same event happens to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the evil, to the clean and the unclean, to him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. As the good one is, so is the sinner, and he who swears is as he who shuns an oath.  3 This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that the same event happens to all. Also, the hearts of the children of man are full of evil, and madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead.  4 But he who is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.  5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten.  6 Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished, and forever they have no more share in all that is done under the sun.
- Ecclesiastes 9:2-6   

              This might seem weird, but I’ve always found it oddly comforting that the Bible doesn’t sugarcoat death.  Unlike other religions or worldviews that see death as a way of transcending our earthly shells, the Bible views it as an unnatural enemy and curse that must be destroyed (1 Cor 15:26).  For me, this affirms the ghastly reality that is death.