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“As he came from his mother’s womb, naked shall he return, to go as he came; and he shall take nothing from his labor which he may carry away in his hand. And this also is a severe evil — just exactly as he came, so shall he go, and what profit has he who has labored for the wind? All his days he also eats in darkness, and he has much sorrow and sickness and anger.” NKJV
“What is the point of living?” I have heard people ask this question. Usually, they cry these words during a time of great sorrow or loss; however, it is a good question. If all we have is be birth, struggle to live and death, then existence is genuinely pointless.
Darwinian evolution does not give meaning to life. Most people labor daily, but the legacy of their lives will fade away in a few generations; where is the purpose? Many scientists believe that the universe will eventually lose all of its energy. Thus, it will become a cold, dark place of lifeless matter. Without life, all of man’s accomplishments, such as literature, plays, music and inventions, are useless trash. Therefore the question remains, “What’s the point?”
Frankly, if God is a myth, there is no significance to any life anywhere. Kindness, sacrifice, commitment, service and love become mere shadows of the wind. To think that everything and everyone that has or will ever exist is meaningless ultimately gives way to immorality, anarchy or depression.
On the other hand, maybe society has ingested a poisonous lie. It could be that we are not mere cosmic accidents with no value in the overall scheme of things. What if the experts are wrong? It appears they were mistaken about a new ice age, nor is the global warming theory holding up very well. Do medical experts actually believe a fetus is not fully human? If those same experts allow the birth of that child, why is it so tricky for them to determine its sex? The world is still waiting for a clear answer from experts about how many masks to wear, how far apart to stand and the necessity of wearing a face-covering after receiving the COVID 19 vaccine. Furthermore, are today’s social experts correct in saying we no longer need police? What do you think?
I choose to rely on accurate expert information — the Bible. This book has been proven correct in its historical data and scientific knowledge. It provides clarity on the cause of societal problems. Over a fourth of its content is prophetic in scope, and none of these prophecies has failed. Furthermore, the Bible gives factual answers about our existence and our future. An eternal life that is meaningful, fulfilling and joyful is offered to us through Jesus Christ.
Why rely on the shaky opinions of faulty experts when you can find truth in the Scriptures. The choice is clear — laboring for the wind or living in the Word.
The Rev. Dr. Jayson S. Galler is Pastor of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Kilgore. You can reach him through the congregation’s website: www.pilgrimlc.org.