Utterly Meaningless! Everything is Meaningless
says the Teacher.
Everything is meaningless.”
What do people gain from all their labours at which they toil under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.
These are the words of King Solomon, son of King David which appears in his book called Ecclesiastes, which means "Preacher." Throughout the book, Solomon goes on to describe how every earthly pursuit is meaningless. Wisdom, folly, pleasure, pain, advancement, wealth, and everything else on this earth is meaningless. Since the first time I read this book, it has been my favourite book of the Bible. Why? Because it puts life into perspective. We spend so much of our short lives chasing after meaningless pleasures like money, fame, sex and other things which make us feel good in the short term but bring no real fulfillment or purpose to our lives.
If indeed this life is all that there is and if indeed this earth came to exist by accident then you might as well just do whatever makes you feel good because it is all meaningless anyway. Plants, animals, and human beings exist by pure chance with no reason or purpose. Whatever a society decides is truth, is truth. Good is only determined by majority rule. Why does anyone who believes this bother to keep on living? If you are lucky enough to accomplish something significant in this life then at best your actions may be written down and remembered for a few hundred years by some other humans whose lives are as meaningless and short lived as your own. When the sun finally burns out or some other catastrophe destroys this world, whether it is in 100 years or 100 billion years, it will all be meaningless.
Why shouldn't people kill, steal, rape and cheat their fellow human being? We are all just animals after all and we have only a short time on this earth. If it helps us or makes us feel good then why not do it?
Solomon was one of the richest, wisest and most powerful men who ever lived. He had more wives and concubines then there are nights in the year and through it all he learned that when you get to the top, you see that it is meaningless. So where did Solomon find meaning after realizing that all earthly pursuits were a waste of his life?
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
Solomon, after writing eleven chapters about the complete meaninglessness of all earthly pursuits, concludes in two short sentences that the purpose of life is to follow God. Why shouldn't people kill, steal, rape and cheat their fellow human being? Because we are all one family and God is our Father. There is truth, there is good, there is justice, there is God. If you are not a Christian and you are not depressed already, then you should be. Without God, life is utterly meaningless. You can lie to yourself for a time and convince yourself otherwise but soon enough you will realize the truth. Why are so many of the famous, wealthy and powerful people depressed? Why do people with crowds of fans who "love" them turn to drugs to feel good? Because they get to the top, they get what they finally wanted, and they find it all to be meaningless. I hope that each of you gets everything you've ever wanted so that afterwards you can see that your pursuit was a waste of time. The only things on this earth that will last for eternity are human souls. The only things worth investing in are God's children, me and you. By all means seek success, wealth, love and joy, but only so that it can allow you to serve others and thus serve God better. All of life's pursuits should be a means to an end, and that end should be obeying the greatest commandments:
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Jesus is our meaning for life. Everything else is utterly meaningless.