I have recently completed a spiritual book called “Wisdom for the WHYS, Journey from Futility to Fulfillment” written by Luis Pantoja, Jr. The book talks about rigid passages in Ecclesiastes which feature how our life is meaningless. It talks about the privilege speeches of Qoheleth to address the ineffectiveness of humanity in a very striking technique.
About the Author of Wisdom for the Whys
Luis Pantoja, Jr. (1946-2010) was a Filipino reverend. He was a well-loved and highly respected Baptist minister, preacher, theologian and academic. Dr. Pantoja received his Doctor of Theology and Master of Sacred Theology degrees from the prestigious Dallas Theological Seminary; Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary and Bachelor of Theology from FEBIAS College of Bible.
He served as a Senior Pastor of Greenhills Christian Fellowship, one of the Philippines’ premier megachurches (1993-2010). A former pastor of the Filipino American Baptist Church of Dallas and an Associate to legendary Southern Baptist preacher, WA Criswell. He was also a former pastor of Grace International Baptist Church in Vancouver, BC.
Dr. Pantoja served as a president of the Conservative Baptist Association of the Philippines and the Conservative Baptist Seminary-Asia. He was a member of the Wycliffe International Board (1999-2010). He was also the founding visionary behind Wycliffe Philippines and previously served on the Board of TAP (Translators Association of the Philippines); President of the Philippine Evangelical Theological Research Association (PETRA) and as Executive Secretary of the Theological Commission of the Evangelical Fellowship of Asia.
What’s in the book?
This book highlighted the rigid passages in the book of Ecclesiastes.
Ecclesiastes is a book that is among the canonical Wisdom literature of the Old Testament in most denominations of Christianity. For an ordinary Bible reader (like me), it’s hard to understand the divine literature encompasses within Ecclesiastes. Most will see it as heartless and callous work of a writer, overlooking the beauty of its wisdom. But the Book (Wisdom for the WHYS), will help you better understand the beautiful message of Ecclesiastes.
The Book’s Strengths
Wisdom for the WHYS uses simpler words combination for better understanding. Its font and spacing will entice the readers to read more alongside of its contents. I didn’t feel the tiredness when reading it. It will also challenge the reader to think and reflect about self attributes to life and how to look and manage life.
My Overall Evaluation
“…Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of the man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing whether it is good or evil” — Ecclesiastes 12: 13-14
I personally love the way the book highlighted the above quoted verse. Today, there are several religious preachers who teach this and that. Unfortunately, I noticed that most of them use religion to attack and deceit humanity. Most talk the talk but do not walk the walk. Others use religion to oppress and gain profit from people who wants the truth about God. Religion is being used to manipulate people. Hence, I think this is also one of the reasons why there are people who doesn’t believe in religion. They think it’s irrational and don’t accept the significance of religion and its spiritual works to humanity.
But for me, there is only one thing why God has created human. This is to serve and worship Him alone, no one else. Nothing else. And how can we do it? Ecclesiastes 12:13 clearly mentioned by fearing God and by obeying his commandments. Simple. Thus, I liked the section of the book when this was highlighted.
Ecclesiastes showcases a pessimistic way of understanding the truth of life behind without God in our life. This is the truth – without our Creator (God Almighty) we are nothing! We are like a dust flying here and there without a purpose. It says, that even if we strive for our betterment, it’s useless because at the end of the day we are all going to die. Without God, we are created to die. We are living to face the end game. On the other hand, as a true believer of God Almighty, death is just a beginning. And this book talks about how futility will change to fulfillment.
Book Quotes from “Wisdom for the WHYS, Journey from Futility to Fulfillment”
- There’s a time to tear, a time to mend. A time to be silent and a time to speak. There’s a time for war and a time for peace.
- Take time to nurture and care for your family.
- God accepts all comers.
- You can’t blow smoke in God’s eyes.
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