Meaningless, meaningless! This is the oft quoted phrase from Ecclesiastes. However, if everything is meaningless doesn’t that mean that the book itself is meaningless? The philosopher who wrote Ecclesiastes was not a nihilist. He actually had a perspective on life that is fairly positive. Ecclesiastes is one of those books that many misunderstand. Some think it contradicts much of the rest of scripture. An example is when the author seems to imply that the soul of an animal and the soul of a human share the same fate in chapter 3. The famous ‘Time to …’ passage in the same chapter is often used to say that each activity should be done at the right time – however, some of the acts in the list are immoral and so there can’t be a right time for them.
Read an introduction to Ecclesiastes in a Bible.
- Who wrote Ecclesiastes?
- Why was Ecclesiastes written?
- How have you understood Ecclesiastes in the past?
- Have you ever wondered how to live life on a day-to-day basis?
- How do you cope with that fact that you live a short time and nothing that you do will last?