A Dark Dozen
Recently a post addressed the godless expectations of Stephen Hawking. Many consider him to be the most intelligent person of our age.
In an earlier time the name on everyone's lips would have been King Solomon of Israel. But in spite of his wisdom, wealth, diplomacy and beautiful estates he turned his kingdom over to a foolish son who followed bad advice which led to the sad division of the kingdom.
In the book of Ecclesiastes there are twelve chapters expanding upon the futility of all life "under the sun". Good people suffer misfortune. Bad people prosper and receive acclaim. A seemingly healthy life meets grief and sickness. A diligent man's estate gets turned over to a wastrel. Peace honestly achieved blows up into strife. Time and chance happen to all of us. Can a man expect anything good as a matter of right?
Hear his lamentation in the 8th chapter:
14There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity.
But what about the recompense promised in scripture? King David's vision of a blessed afterlife (Psalm 16); Paul's exposition on resurrection (1 Corinthians 15). Real fulfilment and reward in the presence of God and His Christ and a thankful family of faith. That is the target. This life is the preparation. Good News to be shared.