A Time to be Born, and a Time to Die


Wonderful and exciting. Birth!

Awful and final. Death!

This just sounds so black and white.  Night and day. Dark and light.

Yet, this is widely, completely, and universally understood. Everyone, everywhere, regardless of nation, race, color, or sex begins life with birth:  their "time to be born".

From a very early age, children learn that other children are born into the world.  Small children often love seeing, hearing, touching, and maybe even smelling, a newborn.

Most children grow up celebrating their birthday, with joy and laughter. Year after year.

Birth is also sometimes used to describe new endeavors.  When Henry Ford began making horseless carriages, it was the birth of a company, and along with others, the birth of an industry.

Most countries can quote the time they were born. The birth of the nation. 1776 for the United States of America.

Soloman observed the birth of each person.  We all come into the world the same way. While you, and me, and everyone who ever lived, or will ever live, is unique. We share the same birth process.

Soloman observed the inevitable death that follows every life too.

Death takes many forms.  Accidents. Sickness. Battle or conflict. Innocent victim. Or quietly in sleep after a long, fruitful life.

Like birth, death is universal. No one escapes death.

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Like birth, death can be used to describe circumstances, not just people.  The death of the factory. The death of a town. Is there a time to die for a civilization, or can a civilization live forever?

Solomon is not supporting the joy of birth, nor the agony of death. He notes there is both a time to be born, and a time to die. What? No alternatives?

Is birth a doorway from eternity past? Is death a doorway to eternity future?

How do they both fit into the ultimate truth of man?

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