Foolish Things Christians Believe: My Life Is Not Futile Day 2
Whatever has happened before will happen ⌊again⌋. Whatever has been done before will be done ⌊again⌋. There is nothing new under the sun. Can you say that anything is new? It has already been here long before us. Nothing from the past is remembered. Even in the future, nothing will be remembered by those who come after us.
Ecclesiastes 1:9–11 GW
In the show True Detective a jaded detective struggles to solve a horrific string of murders. After visiting one particularly gruesome crime scene, he asks his partner what he believes.
“This whole place is just one giant gutter in outer space…I consider myself a realist…I think human consciousness is a tragic misstep in evolution…We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self…We are programmed with the assurance that we are each somebody when, in fact, we are each nobody. I think the honorable thing for us to do as a species is to deny our programming and walk, hand-in-hand, into extinction, brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal.”
Seeing so many lives cut short, erasing all meaning, this depressed view sets in that we have no purpose beyond the illusions we create to comfort ourselves in the long, dark night of living in a vast, unfeeling universe. If we have no control, how can we possibly have a purpose?
That’s exactly the question Ecclesiastes raises… and answers.There is nothing better for people to do than to eat, drink, and find satisfaction in their work. I saw that even this comes from the hand of God. Who can eat or enjoy themselves without God? Ecclesiastes 2:24–25 GW
Do you see the point? The world is God’s. Life in it is a gift. The plan of living is not ours to control, but a purpose to be enjoyed.
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