Ecclesiastes's View On Meaning In Life

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The end of Ecclesiastes says that in the end all that matters is to ‘fear God and keep his commandments for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, English Standard Version [ESV]). The whole world is searching for meaning to life yet it is summed up here at the end of Ecclesiastes, which informs our view of meaning in life as well. In this life, God determines meaning for me, and in this life there are things such as family friends and the Bible that are more meaningful than others.
The whole world is on the search for meaning in life and failing miserably at this self-appointed task. The world defines meaning with things that bring success, friends, money, love, power, comfort, knowledge, pleasure, and religious philosophical systems. The writer of Ecclesiastes notes that he pursued many of the same things, pleasure 2:2, 3, power 2:9, and success 2:4-8. Yet they were without meaning the writer asserts that all is “vanity and a striving after the wind” (Ecclesiastes 2:11, ESV). Both the world and the Preacher strove for meaningfulness in life but they are and were both wrong in their understanding about what brings meaning to life. The things of the world do not bring meaning, they are never enough 1:8, acting temporarily as an anesthetic. They instead bring empty meaninglessness and along with that a keen awareness of a void that nothing permanently fills.

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