Summary of Ecclesiastes

I recently finished discussing all twelve chapters in the book of Ecclesiastes. This was an interesting book that is supposedly the words of a wise man on the meaning of life. The meaning of life, however, is life is meaningless. At times the book tells us to enjoy life, but at other times it states life is meaningless and it doesn’t matter what we do.

But it does matter what we do because the wise man speaking ends the book telling us we must worship God, follow his laws, fear him, and be ready to be judged by God whether we do good or evil. But here’s the catch, to follow God’s laws by definition means you will commit evil. God commands and/or condones slavery, rape, murder, etc. God commands evil acts. So either you ignore God and commit evil in his eyes, or you obey God and you commit evil in his eyes. There’s no escape.

Thinking further on this, if you believe in the God of the Bible, yes, life is meaningless, for no matter what you do, you are committing evil. That is the trap God has put you in. Thus this is either a make believe god (my belief) or this is a real god but one that is an asshole and not worthy of your worship.

Ecclesiastes – Chapter 12: Untitled

Here we are, the final chapter in Ecclesiastes. Maybe this chapter will finally tell us that life is meaningful after all? Yeah, I know, doubtful.

“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth…” – Ecclesiastes 12:1

No thanks. This creator has made a meaningless life according to the Bible, so why would I remember something meaningless?

“Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also imparted knowledge to the people.” – Ecclesiastes 12:9

Wise? No. The teacher just blabbed on for twelve chapters about how meaningless life is. That’s not wise. That’s just nonsense.

“Now all has been heard;   here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment,  including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” – Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

All has been heard? Really? A book about the meaningless nature of life ends with a statement to fear God, listen to God, follow all of God’s commands, and be ready to be judged. WTF?

So this basically boiled down to twelve chapters of someone babbling on about how life is worthless and ending by saying these are wise words. Christians, is this really the book you worship?

Coming Soon: 1 Kings – Chapter 10: The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon

Ecclesiastes – Chapter 11: Invest in Many Ventures

Ecclesiastes is almost over. Just two chapters to go and we’ll be done learning about how meaningless life is in the Bible.

“Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.” – Ecclesiastes 11:2

This is actually good advice. Diversify your portfolio so if one area fails, your entire portfolio does not fail.

“As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.” – Ecclesiastes 11:5

Here’s the thing. We know how wind works and we know how a fetus develops. It’s not a mystery.

“Everything to come is meaningless.” – Ecclesiastes 11:8

This seems to include the biblical eternal life in heaven.

So there you go, more words on how meaningless life is and how meaningless everything in the future is…sigh.

Coming Soon: Ecclesiastes – Chapter 12: Untitled

Ecclesiastes – Chapter 10: Untitled

Yes, I know. Ecclesiastes is getting boring and repetitive, but it’s almost over. Three more chapters to go and we move on to a different chapter.

“As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.” – Ecclesiastes 10:1

Um…yeah…that’s not what makes perfume smell bad.

“…whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.” – Ecclesiastes 10:8

Um…what? Okay, I guess I’ll be careful of snakes when I go breaking walls?

“Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird in the sky may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say.” – Ecclesiastes 10:20

This is the biblical way of saying ‘snitches get stitches’.

Not much else to report from this chapter. Life is still meaningless according to the Bible.

Coming Soon: Ecclesiastes – Chapter 11: Invest in Many Ventures

Ecclesiastes – Chapter 9: A Common Destiny for All

A common destiny for all? Doubtful given God’s hateful rhetoric against so many groups of people.

“All share a common destiny—the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not.” – Ecclesiastes 9:2

Okay, we all die. In that case, yes, we all have the same destiny.

“The hearts of people, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead.” – Ecclesiastes 9:3

LOL! The authors of this chapter really hate people, don’t they. YOU ARE ALL EVIL BASTARDS!!!

“Enjoy life with your wife,whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days.” – Ecclesiastes 9:9

Unless the person you love is of the same sex, a different color, or from a different tribe. Then you and your partner can both go to hell! That is what the Bible says.

“Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man.” – Ecclesiastes 9:15

Bullshit. That never happened. If a man truly saved a city by his wisdom alone, he would be remembered. Complete bullshit.

Ecclesiastes is getting old fast. Life is meaningless. We all die. Wisdom is good, but we all die. Rich and poor, we all die. Death. Death. Death. What a drag.

Coming Soon: Ecclesiastes – Chapter 10: Untitled

Ecclesiastes – Chapter 8: Untitled

Our trek through the book of Ecclesiastes today continues with the eighth chapter.

“As no one has power over the wind to contain it, so no one has power over the time of their death.” – Ecclesiastes 8:8

Um…windmills?!?!?

“Although a wicked person who commits a hundred crimes may live a long time, I know that it will go better with those who fear God, who are reverent before him. Yet because the wicked do not fear God, it will not go well with them, and their days will not lengthen like a shadow.” – Ecclesiastes 8:12-13

Wait…the first verse says the wicked may live a long time but the second says their days will not lengthen. So which is correct?

“There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: the righteous who get what the wicked deserve, and the wicked who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless.” – Ecclesiastes 8:14

Um…no. This is not meaningless. If the righteous (and the Bible says there are no righteous, but whatever) get what the wicked deserve in a world in which God loves his people, that’s not meaningless. There’s much meaning to it and that meaning is this god is a fucking asshole.

“When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe the labor that is done on earth—people getting no sleep day or night— 17 then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it.” – Ecclesiastes 8:16-17

No. This is so wrong. Meaning in life is what we make of it. Meaning differs for each person. Yes, it can be difficult at times to pull meaning from life, but that is far different from saying there is no meaning or it is impossible to find meaning.

To sum up this chapter, the Bible could not be more wrong on the meaning or the lack of meaning in life. Here’s how you find meaning. Stop worshipping a make believe god that commands you do evil things. Think for yourself. Ask questions. Eventually meaning will come.

Coming Soon: Ecclesiastes – Chapter 9: A Common Destiny for All

Ecclesiastes – Chapter 7: Wisdom

Ecclesiastes is all about how meaningless life is but today’s chapter is titled ‘Wisdom’. LOL!

“A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.” – Ecclesiastes 7:1

I love how birth/death are compared to a name and perfume. LOL!

“Frustration is better than laughter,  because a sad face is good for the heart.” – Ecclesiastes 7:3

Um…no. Science says otherwise.

“Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless.” – Ecclesiastes 7:6

Laughter is meaningless? Damn…this book is dark.

“Do not say, ‘Why were the old days better than these?’  For it is not wise to ask such questions.” – Ecclesiastes 7:10

Well, asking the question is okay. It’s always good to ask questions. The problem with this particular question is people tend to assume the old days were better but don’t really look at how the old days were often not better.

“Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked?“ – Ecclesiastes 7:13

Um…most people. LOL! Even if someone can’t straighten a bent object by hand, it can be done by machine. Straightening things is not a godly power.

“Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous,  no one who does what is right and never sins.” – Ecclesiastes 7:20

No one who is righteous? I disagree. Everyone makes mistakes but there are many, many good people. Religion causes good people to do bad things. In the Bible God commands good people to do bad things. But to say there is no one who does what is right? That’s bullshit.

“I find more bitter than death  the woman who is a snare,” – Ecclesiastes 7:26

The Bible can’t help but blame women for a man’s problems. The Bible tells us death is better than a woman. Sigh.

“I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them all.” – Ecclesiastes 7:28

Wow!  First the Bible says one upright man was found but earlier stated there are no righteous people. And second, holy fuck, why does the Bible hate women so much?!?!? We found a man, but all those evil women are just fucking evil!

Wisdom gained? Nope. Another horrible chapter in the Bible that says no one is righteous, but wait, one in every thousand men is righteous, but no women are righteous because, well, because righteousness is stored in the penis! Sheesh.

Coming Soon: Ecclesiastes – Chapter 8: Untitled

Ecclesiastes – Chapter 6: Untitled

Who’s ready for more on how meaningless life is??? Because that’s what Ecclesiastes tells us chapter after chapter. How meaningless is life? Let’s jump into Ecclesiastes 6 and find out!

“God gives some people wealth, possessions and honor, so that they lack nothing their hearts desire, but God does not grant them the ability to enjoy them, and strangers enjoy them instead. This is meaningless, a grievous evil.” – Ecclesiastes 6:2

So God is evil. Thanks for making it clear!

“A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity and does not receive proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.” – Ecclesiastes 6:3

So much to unpack in this verse. First, a man with 100 children will go crazy. Don’t get me wrong, people can love their kids, but if you have 100 kids, there’s no way that is an enjoyable life. Kids are expensive, so of course you can’t enjoy prosperity if you are supporting 100 kids! Second, a stillborn child is better off? The Bible showing its support of abortion. The Bible tells us it is better to never be born that live one moment of life. Sigh.

“For who knows what is good for a person in life, during the few and meaningless days they pass through like a shadow? Who can tell them what will happen under the sun after they are gone?” – Ecclesiastes 6:12

For the love of this man-made god, life is not meaningless? The impact you have on those around you is not meaningless. The knowledge and guidance you provide to your children is not meaningless. In fact, it is the very meaning of life. Yes, when you are dead you are gone but everyone has the ability and opportunity to make a lasting impact on someone in their lives and most, if not all, do so before they die. Even a baby that dies in the first year makes a lasting impact on the parents and loved ones. Everyone is meaningful!!!

Coming Soon: Ecclesiastes – Chapter 7: Wisdom

Ecclesiastes – Chapter 5: Fulfill Your Vow to God

So far the focus in Ecclesiastes as been on how life is meaningless. It’s not, but that’s what the Bible tries to tell us. Today we get the reminder to fulfill our vow to God.

“Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God.” – Ecclesiastes 5:2

Remember, God loves you but don’t you say a fucking word before him!

“Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God.” – Ecclesiastes 5:7

No…God must earn your respect. Don’t fear an asshole god. Reject it.

“Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.” – Ecclesiastes 5:10

I agree with part of this. Earning more money does not typically solve money problems unless you are uber rich. We live in a society that earning more money equates to spending more money and thus we never have enough. But to say it is meaningless is wrong. You must have some money to survive. God’s not saving the day. He isn’t helping you out of poverty.

“Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.” – Ecclesiastes 5:19

No, it isn’t. If you have wealth you either worked hard to earn it or you inherited it. God played no role.

Again, Ecclesiastes continues to push how meaningless life is in every way. It is not. Life is wonderful! Even the little things of enjoying a good book make life meaningful. Life is what we make of it, not what some man made God tells us.

Coming Soon: Ecclesiastes – Chapter 6: Untitled

Ecclesiastes – Chapter 4: Oppression, Toil, Friendlessness

Today we continue our journey through Ecclesiastes.

“And I declared that the dead, who had already died,” – Ecclesiastes 4:2

Um…thanks for clarifying the dead have already died. 🙂

“But better than both is the one who has never been born,” – Ecclesiastes 4:3

Well that’s just a bit dark.

“But pity anyone who falls  and has no one to help them up.” – Ecclesiastes 4:10

But according to the Bible, when you are all alone, you aren’t really alone because God (or Jesus) is there. So why is there pity?

Following this are a few more verses on how life is meaningless. Sigh. Life is not meaningless. Life is what you make of it and there is no need for a make believe god to have meaning in life.

Coming Soon: Ecclesiastes – Chapter 5: Fulfill Your Vow to God