Meaningless, meaningless! Everything is meaningless!
Thoughts on the Book of Ecclesiastes
“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”
Is all of life really meaningless? Is that true? Is the writer exaggerating to get our attention? Does this book of Ecclesiastes really belong in the Bible, or is it the opinion of a nihilistic pessimist? Let’s dive in and find out.
My comments are brief. Readers should tease out further meaning and application for themselves.
I’m Chris. I hope you add comments and engage in a lively discussion.
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