Does life have no meaning to it?
The Bible very clearly communicates that life has no meaning. There are many verses which state this, and most of these passages are found in the wisdom of Ecclesiastes. Let me quote some of the more straightforward verses for you. The following several verses are all from the wise and wonderful book of Ecclesiastes.
1:1 – I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
11:8 – However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all. But let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything to come is meaningless.
9:9 – 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. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun.
7:15 – In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: a righteous man perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living long in his wickedness.
These are incredible verses that speak such truth, as the Bible always does. I would really encourage you to open up your Bible and read Ecclesiastes for yourself. It is just a book full of wisdom and knowledge. If I could put the whole book into this study, I would. These studies are intended to be short, but you really should read it on your own.
17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. 18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. 19 And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the work into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. 21 For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. 22 What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? 23 All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless.
It should now be 100% clear that the Bible says that life has no meaning. Ecclesiastes is very clear on it’s statements that life has no meaning. 3:20 reads “All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.”, and there is strong suggestion in that statement that there is no afterlife and no meaning. We are just dust, and we return to dust after we die. That verse is open to interpretation though, so do ponder what it means to you.
The insightful author of Ecclesiastes complains aloud in 2:21 that is it a misfortune that he will have to leave everything to someone else. A vain life with no meaning is hard to cope with, I know. The shock that nothing you do has any meaning or long lasting repercussions really rattles the system at first. You spend your whole life knowing that the good things you do in secret will be rewarded after you die. It is hardy fair that some spend their time doing horrid evil deeds and their fate is no worse than your own. It just seems wrong. As per Eccl 8:14, your good deeds go unrewarded and, the evil deeds of others go unpunished. Life is just vain.
The great and wise King David would seem to agree.
Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro:
He bustles about, but only in vain;
he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.
The Bible teaches many things, and we can learn much from it. We can learn about everlasting life offered to us, and about salvation and how we can go to heaven. Also, we can learn how life has absolutely no meaning and when we die we turn into dust. It is a very wise book to teach us so many things.