Ecclesiastes!

      The Book of Ecclesiastes was written by King Solomon. Solomon was known to be one of the wisest man on earth. This book depicts Solomon’s search for the meaning of life. Solomon tries to find fulfillment in education, pleasure, wealth, materialism (etc.), but what he soon realizes is that life is meaningless and futile. A question to ponder is: if the wisest and richest man could not find fulfillment in these things, what chance do we have?

      I recently read a blog titled “The Complete Book of Ecclesiastes.” In this blog they compare Ecclesiates to other religions such as Buddism, Hinduism, and Greek philosophy.They say it has that feel of “Eastern-sounding spititual advice.” This is very interesting but Ecclesiastes is found in the Bible. The Bible is God’s word, therefore it cannot be compared to other false religions and writings. David Ploz said, “It’s Godless, Weird, and Beautiful.” This is also interesting because Solomon mentions God in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14. “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.”

       The main point to be grasped from Ecclesiastes is that true fulfillment is only found in God. If we try to find the meaning of life with our human knowledge; we will left with the same pessimistic truth that Solomon found that life is futile. Life is futile outside from God. We should follow Solomon’s advice when he says, “Remember you Creator in the days of you youth, before the day of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, I find no pleasure in them.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1) We must enjoy God in our youth and not wait till it is to late.

http://www.slate.com/id/2164909/

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