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Does Life Have Meaning

QUESTION: Does Life Have Meaning? The Answer According to Macbeth


As Shakespeare’s Macbeth defends the walls of his castle from an enemy siege, he hears a shriek and learns that his wife has committed suicide in the castle below. Instead of shocking disbelief, Macbeth delivers a calmly stoic statement on the utter futility of existence. Does life really have meaning?
    “To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
    To the last syllable of recorded time,
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more: it is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.”1
Does Life Have Meaning? What’s Your Answer?
Does life have meaning? In the end, does life truly “signify nothing,” as Macbeth determined? In the cosmic scheme of things, is there such thing as a “significant” life? How do you define “significance?” Are you striving for significance in your life, or do you view such striving as “futile?”

William Shakespeare, “Macbeth,” The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: The Cambridge Edition Text, as edited by William Aldis Wright (Garden City Books, New York, 1936) Act V, Scene V, p. 1053.

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What do you think?
We have all sinned and deserve God’s judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.

What is your response?

Yes, I want to follow Jesus

I am a follower of Jesus

I still have questions

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