I was kind of taken aback by this book to be perfectly honest. I even had to reread certain parts of it. I was surprised because despite being an atheist, the message from Ecclesiastes sort of mirrors my own philosophical sense of what the meaning of life is. We're all going to die. There is no afterlife, so let's make the most of our time here on earth.
Needless to say I really agree with the outlook in this book of the Bible. Yet, I feel perplexed. It just doesn't sound very Bible-esque. On a couple of occasions it says in pretty clear terms that there isn't an afterlife. I'm pretty curious to see how this is clarified by that Jesus guy when I get to the New Testament.
Since this is a book that emphasizes the importance of being happy in your life and with what you do in it, I'd like to leave you with Ecclesiastes 9.7:
Go, eat your bread with enjoyment, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God has long ago approved what you do._____________
I decided to read the Bible a few years ago. Not as an angry atheist with an ax to grind, nor as a crazed evangelical looking to spread the word of God. I'm reading it from the perspective of a level-headed man that's curious what the most influential book in history has to say. These are some of my thoughts on the experience. Click here to read some previous entries.