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Does Life Have Meaning Without God

Life is full of questions.

What is the meaning of life?
Better question: Does life have meaning without God?

“Meaning” means value, significance and purpose.

Ecclesiastes 1:12-14NIV

12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.13 I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind! 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Ecclesiastes 2:10-11NIV

10 I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;I refused my heart no pleasure.My heart took delight in all my labor,and this was the reward for all my toil. 11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had doneand what I had toiled to achieve,everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;nothing was gained under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 3:18-21NIV

18 I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. 19 Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”

Ecclesiastes 7:13NIV

13 Consider what God has done:Who can straightenwhat he has made crooked?

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14NIV

13 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. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,including every hidden thing,whether it is good or evil.

Without God…

  • it’s all meaningless
  • equates life to be just like animals
  • survival of the fittest
  • would be all about us
  • no eternal home
  • there is no justice
  • no good or evil
  • doesn’t matter how you live
  • no greater good
  • eat, drink and be merry till your death
  • no hope
  • better to not have been born

The conclusion of the matter:

  • Life doesn’t make sense without God.
  • Life has no meaning without God.

With God we find our meaning

Value: God loves us
Significance: To know God
Purpose: To make God known

Bottom line:

My life has meaning because God gives my life meaning.
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