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When I was at the KTIS pastor’s appreciation dinner last week – Dr. Gary Smalley shared how he was a recovering Hedon. He defined that hedonism is the old playboy philosophy of life. When I typed in the word Hedonism on a google search to attain its definition a website came up called “Hedonistic Resorts” – they are in Jamaica and I want you to listen to their add:

“Sleep in. Stay up late. Give up counting calories. Have a drink before noon. Give up mineral water. Dine in shorts. Talk to strangers. Don’t make your bed. Go skinny dipping. Don’t call your mother. Let your hair down. Don’t pay for anything. Don’t leave a tip. Be your beautiful self in spectacular Negril or Runaway Bay, Jamaica.” “Hedonism II is now more Super-Inclusive than ever with an enticing menu of hedonistic amenities & services to suit all your guilty pleasures. Pick one or two or combine a few to create the perfect hedonistic getaway.”

I thought wow this group is proud of their sinful ways and advertise it as the ultimate experience of life. I did however continue in my pursuit of the definition of Hedonism and here is what I discovered:

Definition of he•don•ism n. from http://www.thefreedictionary

1. Pursuit of or devotion to pleasure, especially to the pleasures of the senses.

2. Philosophy The ethical doctrine holding that only what is pleasant or has pleasant consequences is intrinsically good.

3. Psychology The doctrine holding that behavior is motivated by the desire for pleasure and the avoidance of pain.

Definition of Ep•i•cu•re•an•ism n.

1. A philosophy advanced by Epicurus that considered happiness, or the avoidance of pain and emotional disturbance, to be the highest good and that advocated the pursuit of pleasures that can be enjoyed in moderation.

2. Also epicureanism is a Devotion to a life of pleasure and luxury.

3. A doctrine of hedonism that was defended by several ancient Greek philosophers

So I had my insight from this word and it tied into my sermon today and I can see this belief system still in operation today as I look around at our culture today.

When we progress through chapter 2 of Ecclesiastes we discover that this is what Solomon says he pursued for a while in his life – a lifestyle of pleasure: He told us that it was all boring, meaningless, of no eternal value but yet many today still seek it for fulfillment in life.