Indeed, I took all this to heart and explained it all: the righteous, the wise, and their works are in God’s hands. Â 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 there will be both love and hate in our lives, and we cannot control when or why either will cross our path. God has a purpose through both love and hate to shape and mold, to enlighten, and to guide our lives. And in the end of things, no matter how we have dealt with the challenges of this lifetime, we all have a common destination regardless of the various routes we have chosen to follow in life, for good or for bad, for love or for hate, for obedience or for non-obedience, for fulfillment of promises made or for rejection of promises. We all will find our paths will arrive at the same destination – the same finish line. Death waits all without exclusion!
Our lifetime is meant to be a time of preparation for understanding what is good versus bad; love versus hate; clean versus unclean; obedience versus disobedience; truth versus ignorance; faith versus foolishness. God gives no one an advantage in this lifetime, because He loves all equally and perseveres with our folly – as all have hearts that are full of evil. God wants all to be saved from their selfish disobedience. Until we reach the finish line of this lifetime, God is encouraging and influencing everyone to discover His love and the truth that lies in seeking after God’s will, God’s ways, and God’s wisdom according to God’s Word. Through the pursuit of them lies the reward of eternal life that is promised for all who arrive at the finish line truly alive and not “dead on arrival.”
Yes we all have the right to choose our own different routes in this life, but we all have the same destination, but God says not the same destiny. Think carefully upon the choices we are allowed to make, because there are consequences to those choices.
Then He said to [them] all, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. What is a man benefited if he gains the whole world, yet loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory and that of the Father and the holy angels. I tell you the truth: there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:23-27 (HCSB)