“So man lies down and does not rise, till the heavens are no more. They will not awake nor be roused from their sleep.” – Job 14:12
In Job chapter 14, Job mentions the afterlife and makes many statements about a topic he did not fully understand. Here, Job is despondent. He is at a loss and is down. And he is spouting off his opinions about things he didn’t know. Does this mean that his words cannot be trusted because they are written in the bible? Of course not! He actually said these things, but they were incorrect.
Unfortunately, Job did not fully understand heaven and hell. Some religions, like Jehovah’s Witnesses, have used this chapter as doctrine that there is no afterlife when you die. Hell and judgement are real and Jesus describes this for us in Mathew 25:41-46. And for us today, it is very important to know the entire bible so that we are not mislead.
If you read on in Job, in chapter 28 God corrects him and says, “who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?” Basically God is telling Job, “you have no idea what you are talking about Job.” So you cannot take Job’s words here and use them to form your doctrine especially when we read on and God tells him he is wrong. Even Job confesses that he is wrong and repents. He says, “…I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.” Job 42:3.
In a Lifeway research poll taken in 2017, it is reported that only 11 percent of Christian’s have read the bible all the way through and only 9 percent have read it through more than once. What a sad statistic, isn’t it? What is even more sad is sometimes we know more about TV shows and sports teams than we do about our Lord.
Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” I believe this is a main reason that many will “fall away” from faith in Jesus in the last days (1 Tim.4:1). Today, will you pick up your bible and begin reading it through? Spend time with Jesus today. Don’t be deceived!