King Solomon repeatedly pronounced that everything under the sun was vanity—it was meaningless. In an earlier blog, I said that Solomon’s argument could be put in the form of a syllogism: Premise 1: All labor is under the sun (Eccl 1:3). Premise 2: All under the sun is vanity (Eccl 1:14). Conclusion: Therefore, all labor
King Solomon was searching for the meaning and purpose of life. Why go on living? What purpose does it serve? What’s to gain? What profit has a man from all his labor In which he toils under the sun? (Eccl 1:3). But crucially, Solomon was looking for the purpose of life in life. But where?
What is the purpose of life? Why should anyone want to keep on living? Solomon was looking for meaning, for “profit”— What profit has a man from all his labor In which he toils under the sun? (Eccl 1:3). Solomon started his search with wisdom, but found it only led to a great appreciation for
Where do you find true happiness? Where have you been taught to find it, by family, friends, church, school, and Hollywood? If anyone was in a position to discover the meaning of life, it was King Solomon, the son of David, supremely wise, and rich beyond comprehension (cf. Eccl 1:1, 12; 1 Kings 3, 10).