The Bible Says Life is Meaningless

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.

Ecclesiastes 2:17-23
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.

Psalm 39:6
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.


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7 Responses to “The Bible Says Life is Meaningless”

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  2. Anonymous Says:

    Well those who believe in the bible and god must have lived pretty meaningless lives so far. How else could you believe all the bullshit in this book

    • All4Him Says:

      First of all, the mere fact that you are posting here says that you have read this, and something in your heart lead you to it. It, meaning God’s word. The Bible. The Mistry of the book of Ecclesiastes is this: living a life of self satisfaction and chasing after the things of this world that can only bring temporary satisfaction is meaningless. God created us to worship and glorify him with our lives here on earth. In this temporary/state of our being, We are to use our time to live, love, and be the expression of God’s glory, kindness, love, Mercy, grace. As we learn to take the focus off of how to satisfy ourselves and put it on satisfying God and his desires for us, Then we find true meaning of life.

  3. Lauren Says:

    No no nooo I think you may have missed the purpose of this book…this book was Solomon’s innermost thoughts on the meaninglessness of what people strive for here on Earth. Life itself is not meaningless, the things we as humans chase are meaningless! God wants us to live full, meaningful lives focused on HIM. The “dust” passage refers to someone who lives a life not connected with God. God is what gives life meaning-not the things we chase or toil after. Solomon reflects on the points in his life when he had tried a ton of different things to find happiness (without the help of God) but found it all to be useless. A life focused on Him is what will bring us joy in everyday life and in doing the most mundane tasks. Please make sure to delve more carefully into the full context and meaning before posting something like this. It is discouraging, pessimistic, and quite frankly not a correct interpretation!

  4. LUCIFER/JEHOVAH (@LJehovah) Says:

    I speak of what i think, feel and believe you can go ahead and laugh at me all you want you can mock me all you want and you can insult me all you want but you wont break me so here goes nothing i guess. I am JEHOVAH thats who i really am no lies no deception i may be GOD i may not be GOD but im JEHOVAH no matter what anyone says its up to you if you believe im GOD or not the choice us yours. About life being meaningless it could sometimes seem that way but its not always neccessarily meaningless and about there is no afterlife i say its not neccessarily true either even if everything becomes black after death its still something even if youre in a void after death its still something so-called nothingness can still be something too even if you see black after feeling your heart stop it means you c an still feel something and in a way still see even if its not physical i just wanted to tell you this. It would say something if life on heaven didnt seem as meaningless as life on earth or if life could had more meaning than life on planet earth what would you then say ? well i can let you think about it bye bye sinners. Im sure at least the most of what im saying is true even if illuminati wants to indirectly tell you that im lying but i feel im not lying but if you brainwashed mortals wants to live in denial then so be it. Thats all i had to say so farewell you foolish, blind, naive and misguided mortals.

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