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. Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished; nevermore will they have a share in anything done under the sun. Eccl 9:5-6
Solomon was the wisest man ever but his wisdom is pre-Christ!
I don’t debate the wisdom of what he said in vs. 5-6. Quite the opposite, I agree, after all, it is the word of God.
However, when Jesus told the story of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31) it seemed to indicate that the rich man was aware of where he was, who he was, who Lazarus and Abraham were, and he had concern for his brothers.
But I will agree that he knew nothing of what was happening with the living. He didn’t look in on them. He didn’t speak with them. He didn’t show up and move things around for them. He was dead and in hell.
At a funeral one time, I heard one man read a note from the deceased that told his family if they saw a red-tailed hawk, it would be him looking in on them.
I don’t find that in scripture at all!
The dead know nothing of what the living continue to do. Those in hell are too busy being tormented in that flame (Luke 16:24) and those in the presence of God are too busy being comforted. (Luke 16:25)
It has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 1 John 3:2
When the living think of the dead, we think of them on our terms and in our [living] ways.
The living do not think with the mind of eternal life; we think with a mortal life.
The dead in Christ are comforted before Christ.
Those that die without Christ have no comfort, no hope, and no escape. But everyone of them believes in God now!
Believe today before it’s eternally too late.