Isnare Free Articles
Authors Contents [Add OpenSearch]
Distribute your articles to more than 6,000+ sites and 40,000+ email group publisher subscribers for as low as $2 / article...
Index  Article Directory  Religion
Embed this Article  
Eric Kampmann

Eric Kampmann x 896 articles

Liked the article? Consider buying me a beer!
$

Most Recent Videos Most Recent Videos

Our culture is obsessed with the acquisition of material goods and worldly status. However, in the race to attain these temporal things, people forget to pursue spiritual riches. When we spend the best days of our lives chasing after fame or wealth, then we are to be pitied, for in the end, nothing of lasting value will be ours. "Meaningless! Meaningless! Everything is meaningless."(Ecclesiastes 1:2)

Unlike many of the popular writers of the "lost generation" of the 1920s who reflected a world stripped of God, Solomon is not writing as a stoic or nihilist. He is simply describing a truth that has been lost in our own time: The world is nothing more than a wasteland without God. "All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun." (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

When the purpose of life is reduced to satisfying the appetites of the body, we ultimately discover that the appetites are insatiable and, like a fire out of control, they never have enough. Solomon explains how futile it is to only strive after things of this world: "I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun." (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11)

Looking back over the course of his long life, Solomon realized that he had lost his way when he turned to pursuing pleasure as the primary purpose of life. For no matter how much wealth he accumulated, no matter how many buildings he built or goods he possessed, the thirst could never be quenched, nor the appetite ever satisfied.

What is man without God? The long, sorry history of mankind wandering in the wilderness of godlessness is perfectly summarized in the first chapter of Paul's letter to the Romans. It is a brutal picture, but we deny the truth of it at our own peril: "...since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them." (Romans 1:28-32)

Man apart from God is a profoundly lost creature is evoked in T.S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men." If you remove the Christianity of Christ from life and describe raw existence as it really is, life is much like the hard service of a hired hand, as Job describes it (Job 7:1–5).

In a world where Jesus never existed, one would be forced to adopt a strategy based on either hedonism or its reverse, stocism. Life in such a world would indeed be nasty, brutish and short.

But in a world where Christ lives through the Holy Spirit, the issue of hard service and suffering is transformed into something quite different. Christ asks those who serve to be strong and persevere, whatever the circumstance. He does not teach those who follow that life will be a romp in the park; quite the reverse for he says in the Sermon on the Mount: "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad because great is your reward in heaven...." (Matthew 5:11-12)

Despite the suffering and conflict in an unredeemed world, we are called to service through faith. "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." (Philippians 4:8-9) Perhaps knowing what it meant to be a 1st century Christian would be a good place to start for a sojourner navigating through a world characterized by Paul as "a crooked and depraved generation."(Philippians 2:15)

Rate this article:
Eric Kampmann received an undergraduate degree from Brown University and a graduate degree in English at Stony Brook. Eric is the author of two other books: Tree of Life (2003) and The Book Publisher’s Handbook (2007). For information on his newest book, Trail Thoughts, visit: Trail Thoughts.
Important NoticeDISCLAIMER: All information, content, and data in this article are sole opinions and/or findings of the individual user or organization that registered and submitted this article at Isnare.com without any fee. The article is strictly for educational or entertainment purposes only and should not be used in any way, implemented or applied without consultation from a professional. We at Isnare.com do not, in anyway, contribute or include our own findings, facts and opinions in any articles presented in this site. Publishing this article does not constitute Isnare.com's support or sponsorship for this article. Isnare.com is an article publishing service. Please read our Terms of Service for more information.

Most Recent Articles

IBM Storage Sales V5 C9020-567 Real Exam Questions

An Article by Kruis Barry in Education

2 hours ago

Through Passcert you C9020-567 get the latest IBM Storage Sales V5 C9020-567 real exam questions. Please purchase it earlier, it C9020-567 help you pass your first time to participate in the IBM certification C9020-567 exam. Currently, Passcert uniquely has the latest IBM Storage Sales V5 C9020-567 real exam questions...

Microsoft 70-417 Practice Test,latest 70-417 Exam Questions

An Article by Kruis Barry in Education

2 hours ago

To pass the Microsoft 70-417 exam is a dream who are engaged in IT industry. If you want to change the dream into reality, you only need to choose the professional training. Passcert is a professional website that providing Microsoft 70-417 practice test,latest 70-417 exam questions. Select Passcert, it will ensure your success...

Keeping Fit With a Few Simple Ideas

An Article by Corrine Tores in Home Management

8 hours ago

If you're thinking about picking up cooking, but aren't sure what to do and where to start, then you've come to the right place. When it comes to cooking the more knowledge you gain, the more you have to apply towards making a great meal. Knowledge such as contained in this article can help you to become a better cook...

Interventional Cardiologist in Pune - Dr. Ajit Mehta

An Article by Ajit Mehta in Womens Interest

16 hours ago

Dr. Ajit Mehta is an Interventional Cardiologist in Pune, currently practicing at Jehangir Hospital, which is an associate hospital of the Apollo Hospitals group. Apart from routine Coronary Angiography & Angioplasty, Dr. Mehta also has expertise in Complex Coronary Angiography such as Bifurcation/Athrotomy...

Hints and Tips on Lawn Care That Every One Should Know

An Article by Leo Lazich in Gardening

19 hours ago

One lazy day you find yourself standing outside on your lawn and notice that your neighbours lawn is so much better than your own. Fact is, your lawn too can not only match but actually be better than your neighbours lawn – here are a few hints and tips on lawn care that will help you make your lawn sparkle again...

Best Ideas & Tips to Keep Your Lawn and Garden Free of Weeds

An Article by Phil Maunder in Gardening

19 hours ago

You're thinking of throwing a party over the weekend and while looking over your property, notice your garden could do with some urgent de-weeding. A few weeds here and there will go unnoticed but a lot of it will mar the beauty of your lawn. Here are a few best ideas and tips to keep your lawn and garden free of weeds...

Fastest Way to Get a Personal Loan in Aurangabad

An Article by Arawind Sharma in Finances

20 hours ago

Whether you have a retail electronics shop in Aurangabad or if you own a small-scale business, you'll always be need of some immediate funds. These would be for something as simple as buying a new printer for your shop or maybe even to payout bonuses to your employees. Whatever the type of your business, you frequently need money for many purposes...

Latest 100-105 ICND1 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 Real Exam

An Article by Sam98 Smith in Education

21 hours ago

It-dumps have the right solutions for you to pass your Cisco 100-105 Exam with confidence. We have the most advanced Cisco certification 100-105 practice exam that will help you pass your 100-105 Exam. It-dumps 100-105 ICND1 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 real exam help you pass your Cisco 100-105 Exam in your first attempt...

Buy Home Appliances Online India- Vasanth & CO

An Article by Vidhya Nivas in Business

22 hours ago

Because we understand what you need. Technology is changing every day and so are customer requirements. Digitisation and e-commerce are regarded as one of the best boons bestowed on mankind. Vasanth and Co found its beginnings sometime in 1978 with a few stores in the suburbs. With personalised customer services and excellence in service delivery, the company grew to over 100 stores across Tamil Nadu with an investment of about 1 to 2 billion (in Indian Rupees)...

2017 New Citrix CCP-N 1Y0-351 Test Questions 1Y0-351 Real Exam Questions

An Article by Delia Green in Education

22 hours ago

Among the best IT organizations is Citrix that delivers the highly required certifications that make contestants most proficient and skilled specialists in their specific areas of interest. This certification of Citrix will obtain you a distinguished success in your expert life and you will encounter with no problem in achieving a respectable status in a famous organization...

Superfood - Nuts

An Article by Arati Shah in Wellness, Fitness and Diet

1 day ago

Nuts play an important role in the overall physical and mental development. They are an important part of a healthy diet. There is a lot of confusion in people about how they can assist weight loss but, in spite of they being high in calories and fat, research shows that people who eat nuts tend to be leaner than those who do not...

Gift City Latest Update Supreme 1/2/2.5/3 Bedroom Units by Grade a Builder

An Article by Gift City in Real Estate

1 day ago

Residential property in Ahmedabad mainly comprises of flats in Ahmedabad, and townships in Ahmedabad. Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway, Sanand, Thaltej and Prahladnagar are some of the favourite hot spots for development of residential projects in Ahmedabad. Accommodated with trendy facilities and modern amenities such as swimming pool, jogging park, lawns, clubs, gyms, children play areas and spacious car parking, they are catching eye of lot of investors who are looking to invest in luxury homes in Ahmedabad...

Windows 10 Certification 70-698 Practice Test

An Article by Kruis Barry in Computers and Technology

1 day ago

Passcert panel of IT professionals and experts updates 70-698 exam regularly in order to provide candidate of Windows 10 certification 70-698 practice test recently updated, relevant and accurate material. Passcert has maximum pass ratio among other 70-698 exam providers. You don't have to worry about passing your Microsoft 70-698 exam pdf or completing the latest Microsoft 70-698 Exam Objectives anymore because Passcert Windows 10 certification 70-698 practice test do it all for you...

Two Step Flow :We Are Going Down [Music]

An Article by Smart Oyejide in Business

1 day ago

Two Step Flow is a Brazilian band formed by Wood Lusa (vocal, bass guitar and synths) and Diego De Toni (drums and effects). In 2017 they started to produce and record their first EP inspired in rock, punk, pop, metal, funk e electronica. "We're Going Down" was the first music video released,With vocals in English showing ironic nonconformity of political and social decadence in Brazil; in the instrumental a heavy, energetic and vibrant rock with influences of countless Brazilian rhythms, Two Step Flow is an authentic and innovative duo that seeks their space in the indie world scene...

Microsoft OEM Preinstallation For Windows 10 70-734 Dumps

An Article by Delia Green in Education

1 day ago

70-734 test questions will introduce you to the core logic of various subjects so that you not only learn, but you also understand various technologies and subjects. We guarantee that using Microsoft OEM Preinstallation for Windows 10 70-734 Dumps will adequately prepare you for your 70-734 exam. Killtest presents you with the newest version on the MCP 70-734 test to ensure you learn you'll always be recent...

MLA Style Citation:
Kampmann, Eric "Nothing Gold Can Stay." Nothing Gold Can Stay. 31 Jul. 2008 Isnare.com. 24 Jun. 2017 <https://www.isnare.com/?aid=277807&ca=Religion>.
APA Style Citation:
Kampmann, Eric (2008, July 31). Nothing Gold Can Stay. Retrieved June 24, 2017, from https://www.isnare.com/?aid=277807&ca=Religion
Chicago Style Citation:
Kampmann, Eric "Nothing Gold Can Stay." Nothing Gold Can Stay Isnare.com. https://www.isnare.com/?aid=277807&ca=Religion
Copy and paste the code below to embed this article:
<a class="embedly-card" href="https://www.isnare.com/?aid=277807&ca=Religion">Nothing Gold Can Stay</a> <script>!function(a){var b="embedly-platform",c="script";if(!a.getElementById(b)){ var d=a.createElement(c);d.id=b,d.src=("https:"===document.location.protocol?"https":"http")+"://cdn.embedly.com/widgets/platform.js"; var e=document.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];e.parentNode.insertBefore(d,e)}}(document);</script>