Life Under the Sun
A devotional thought from Trevin Wax for “A Christian Worldview”
The Scriptures are indispensable for the development of a Christian worldview. In addition to giving us God’s perspective on the world, the Bible helps us understand unbiblical worldviews. Ecclesiastes exposes the worldview of “life under the sun,” a life without meaning and purpose in the face of death.
Here are some examples: “Everything is the same for everyone: there is one fate for the righteous and the wicked, for the good and the bad, for the clean and the unclean, for the one who sacrifices and the one who does not sacrifice” (Eccl. 9:2). In other words, if this life is all there is and the same fate awaits us all, why does it matter what we do? Why do moral choices matter at all?
Another example: “Indeed, if a man lives many years, let him rejoice in them all, and let him remember the days of darkness, since they will be many” (Eccl. 11:8). In other words, if our years of being dead will outweigh our brief lives, what reasons do we have for hope? What keeps us from despair?
Or this verse: “For the fate of people and the fate of animals is the same. As one dies, so dies the other; they all have the same breath. People have no advantage over animals since everything is futile” (Eccl. 3:19). If animals and humans are the same, is there anything uniquely valuable about human life? Why should humanity be valued?
Thankfully, the author of Ecclesiastes does end the book with an affirmation of a biblical worldview. He knew everything was indeed meaningless apart from God.
Many people in society today may not deny God’s existence, but they choose to live as if “life under the sun” is all there is. The believer’s task is to proclaim the gospel in a way that moves people away from life under the sun to life under the Son.
Pause and Reflect
• What in your life demonstrates that you have hope beyond “life under the sun”?
• How does your understanding of others’ worldviews help you know how to share the gospel with them?