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Discussion 2 to Meditation 646
But I don't see your point, Aage

by: JT

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I'm not sure what you are trying to say Aage.

We agree that I have identified the point the author of Ecclesiastes is trying to make. However, just because I see the point does not mean I necessarily have to agree with it. In fact I don't. I strongly disagree.

To suggest the sole purpose of life is to "Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man" is inane. (Perhaps even insane!) It borders on insulting a god to say this is why he supposedly created us.

This diminishes your god. It makes him nothing more than a petty village chieftain or a minor feudal lord demanding, as an absolute right, the total devotion and submission of his subjects. Could your god be so trivial and self-obsessed as to have created humankind solely for this purpose?

If there is a god who created everything, surely he would not be so petty and vainglorious.

All of us have the capacity to give our individual lives a far more significant meaning than does the unknown (i.e. not Solomon, nor Salomo) author of Ecclesiastes.