Finding God in Meaninglessness - John Van Sloten

August 08, 2010

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we’ll be looking at select themes from the ancient Hebrew wisdom book, Ecclesiastes.

Meaningless! Meaningless!
says the Teacher.
Utterly meaningless!
Everything is meaningless.
Ecclesiastes 1:2

“One sticks one’s finger into the soil to tell by the smell in what land one is; I stick my finger into existence – and it smells of nothing. Where am I? Who am I? How came I here? What is this thing called the world?... How did I come into the world? Why was I not consulted... but was thrust into the ranks?... How did I obtain an interest in this big enterprise they call reality? Why should I have an interest in it? Is this a voluntary concern? And if I am compelled to take part in it,
where is the director?”
Soren Keirkegaard, Danish Philosopher

To be an artist means to never avert one’s eyes.
Akira Kurosawa


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October 23, 2014
Thanks so much for this message. It really helped me a lot. I've had problems with meaninglessness for a long time now, and I agree that without God, any meaning we create in this existence is inescapably shallow and never truly satisfies the question, "is this it?". I was particularly impressed by how well the speaker seemed to understand the topic. Often the way he'd describe things and even his choice of words hit very close to home with me, which doesn't happen much in my life! So thanks very much for this message. I'm going to remember it for a long time
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