Different Routes, Same Destination, Not Same Destiny

Does the same destination mean same destiny beyond?
Does the same destination mean same destiny beyond?

Different Routes, Same Destination, Not Same Destiny

Indeed, I took all this to heart and explained it all: the righteous, the wise, and their works are in God’s hands.  People don’t know whether [to expect] love or hate. Everything lies ahead of them. Everything is the same for everyone: there is one fate for the righteous and the wicked, for the good and the bad, for the clean and the unclean, for the one who sacrifices and the one who does not sacrifice. As it is for the good, so it is for the sinner, as for the one who takes an oath, so for the one who fears an oath. This is an evil in all that is done under the sun: there is one fate for everyone. In addition, the hearts of people are full of evil, and madness is in their hearts while they live—after that they go to the dead. But there is hope for whoever is joined with all the living, since a live dog is better than a dead lion. For the living know that they will die, but the dead don’t know anything. There is no longer a reward for them because the memory of them is forgotten. Their love, their hate, and their envy have already disappeared, and there is no longer a portion for them in all that is done under the sun. Eccl 9:1-6 (HCSB)

In this lifetime, both love and hate will impact our lives. We cannot control when or why either will cross our path. God purposes both love and hate to shape and mold, to enlighten and guide the course of our days under the sun, because in the end of our days, no matter how we dealt with the various love and hate challenges in our life, we all share the same destination, regardless of whether we chose for good or bad motives. It matters not whether love or hate prevailed, whether we chose the route of obedience or disobedience, or we pursued the fulfillment of promises made or we turned our back and rejected them. All our unique paths through life arrive at the same destination – the same finish line. Death waits for all without exclusion.

Our days under the sun are designed by God to help us distinguish between good versus bad; love versus hate; clean versus unclean; obedience versus disobedience; truth versus ignorance; faith versus foolishness. God introduces us into this world with the same opportunities to experience, learn and mature, because God loves each of us equally and without partiality. God even perseveres through the folly of our choices that define our routes along the journey of life, because God desires all of us to experience and understand the high price for selfish behaviors.

Until we reach the finish line marking the end of our days, God encourages and inspires everyone with the same desire for us to discover the love and truth that we can embrace by seeking God’s will, ways, and wisdom. Our daily pursuit of God reveals that at the end of our days one final destination awaits, but it marks the beginning of two bifurcating destinies – one destiny is marked “dead on arrival”; the other “resurrected to the eternal life”.

We all have the right to choose between the different routes through our lifetime, and yes, we all arrive at the same destination, but God says that destination does not offer the same eternal destiny.

Words of Wisdom #245-29EC

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2 thoughts on “Different Routes, Same Destination, Not Same Destiny”

  1. Hello My Friend,
    This is an area which I would not discuss deeply with you Gracious Friend and Brother.. I was brought up to believe exactly as this lesson with Bible Literature to back up this very look in to the after life. Purgatory is something which is not a Bible word, thus it is disregarded as hogwash where I was a child. I’m no longer able to quote chapters and verse, but in the old Testament there is a direct reference where a man at death is told that he must go to this, “Weigh Station,” as such he will be pure enough to stand before God. There’s no misunderstanding, for that is what the Bible says just like all of the scripture which you and folks down my heart’s way study and learn to bring up in context to scripture which is seen as perfectly clear. In the new testament I believe in one of Paul’s letters, we can find another reference to a central place to become pure enough to stand before God. The Christ keeps company with those of whom his disciples find disturbing, from the prostitute to the thief on the cross; Is that a one time event when a thief will be forgiven? Do the prayers of those who know someone beloved who died in what was seen as a state of being out of favor or Grace==The grace which only God can give have the chance of begging that the ones seen as lost have a similar opportunity that They, too may be forgiven–The man who loved other women, because they loved, or the woman who found herself out of service to the Lord in love with someone after marriage. They took an oath made in marriage, and they have died, and no one can help change the direction of their souls though they beg and plea to, “God;” in the name of The- Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.Loved ones, saints, and angels seem to have something over our fear that we are on the straight and the narrow, and when we are dead–I have seen people petrified, for they do not believe they are good enough to meet their Lord. The body is dead, but we read in addition to all of the straight and narrow that the body was a house for the soul, and thus we wish to keep God’s temple as shining as we possibly can–But we are still patching together the shameful idea that we can never be good enough to meet the standard of God who made us and loves us–I trust that one King, Jesus, born as a pure little baby and his mother who said, “Yes,” of what God asked of her–their infallibility was the beginning for us to gain victory over death, It sounds fairly clear to me that God created us in another image as well, among the many things which I had to learn at age 5 or so, “That God so loved the world so much that he gave his only begotten son that who so ever would believe in him would not perish, but they should have ever lasting lives.”// “Forgiveness is from God, and in that we can praise and rejoice.. After we think we have all things figured out, then the deser still gives us more secrets of life in what was the known world of Jesus we should know that Christians on three occasions had the marvelous libraries burned–But look at how much has been saved, and we can feel with some certainty that from society to society takes man kind backwards.

    I see us troubled these days–, For there are those who desire that Christians simply be removed from the Holy Land. Syria, Turkey, Israel, and each dot of the last who could earnestly hold the blood line of the House of David are being starved and shamed out of The Holy Land. We must hold firm to our Christian Faith, and the last thing we wish for the armies of Godless places to see is that Christ people judge each other as not being part of the house of the Lord. I am sorry for the long message, but having grown up in such terms of hopelessness, I do see the dark angels at work in quoting that we have no hope from the Grave. Our bodies do pass away, but I see great hopes that Christ will give us new bodies, “Born In His Spirit and washed in His Blood. See my dear brothers and sisters that we live with hope.
    Love, Barbara==Thanks Coach

  2. Barbara, I can only say thank you for your comments. My recent post after this puts the exclamation point on this message. When we recognize that “God’s grace” means “His presence through His Spirit is the unmerited gift” then we also recognize that His grace will be with us at that appointed time when the “sheep and goats” are segregated and sent their separate ways (a NT analogy from Jesus). But also know, John 3:16’s use of the phrase “God so loved the world” means in the Greek, God loved the world in this unique manner – He shared his love message through the work and message of His anointed and uniquely qualified messenger, the Messiah, Jesus. Our destiny is determined by our acceptance of God’s love offering – his mercy and lovingkindness, not our sinlessness. The change that occurs in us is that we embrace that love gift and find our lives are changed and our past wiped away. Its only the obstinate, arrogant and haughty that find the tears of God as he points them onto their eternal path from his presence. Thanks Barbara for sharing.

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