Dr. Albert Mohler. President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, was the featured speaker at the campus-wide chapel service, held in the MacArthur Center on the campus of The Master’s College on Friday, March 7.

Mohler taught from the Book of Ecclesiastes, which he called, “one of the strangest books in the Bible.” Mohler affirmed the inerrancy and centrality of the Bible, including the portions that challenge our understanding.

“We believe that when Scripture speaks, God speaks,” he said.

Mohler’s message focused on the familiar phrase from Ecclesiastes: “All is vanity.” He compared the apparent conclusion of that phrase to the conclusion drawn by existentialists millennia later.

Mohler told students that the culture is in the midst of a great collision of worldviews – a a time period he called, “a hinge point in history.” There are those who acknowledge that there is a God and there are those who insist there is not.

“The great dividing line is and always has been theism,” Mohler said. “If you believe there is no God then you must conclude that all is vanity … that is a rational worldview if you believe that.”

Mohler said all worldviews must answer four fundamental questions:

  1. Why is there something rather than nothing?
  2. Why is the world as it is?
  3. Is there any way things can be different?
  4. Where is it all going? Or, how does it end?

In answering those questions, Mohler argued, a little bit of God doesn’t help; there is no halfway position.

“Scripture answers all four of those questions,” he said.

Solomon, the author of Ecclesiastes, understood that, Mohler argued. It’s that understanding that gives meaning to life.

“There is a great change at the end of Ecclesiastes that helps us understand it,” Mohler said. “Chapter 12 begins with, ‘Remember the Creator in the days of your youth.’ The one reason not to be an existentialist is the understanding that there is a God, and that my life has meaning because of who I am – created in God’s image.”