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Light iron-age reading

The Bible

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Gabbin' with God
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
—Ecclesiastes 1:9, NIV

Ecclesiastes is the most optimistic nihilistic book in the Bible. It is presented as a book of wisdom by a man, known in Hebrew as Qohelet (often translated as "preacher" or "leader of the assembly"), and rumored to be an early incarnation of Roger McGuinn—who has realized that everything is worthless, and there is no point to life, so one should enjoy simple pleasures. In this respect his ideas resemble Epicurean philosophy. It has a certain eerie beauty born of desolation; among other things, it denies the existence of life after death [1] and tells you to enjoy life while you can. Christian exegesis bends over backwards to explain how the book's message is that we should focus ourselves on God, and that the author is trying to point out that life without God is meaningless. This is in spite of the majority of it being pretty much the direct opposite of that sentiment; though the concluding passages do emphasise following God's commandments.

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  1. Verses 3:19, 9:5, and 9:10

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