A Series of Short Articles Outlining the Destiny of Mankind
Destiny: “The particular state of a person in the future, considered as resulting from earlier events.”
This secular, non-biblical definition of a person’s destiny is a useful start. It permits the idea that each person can determine their own destiny. As the Bible reveals, the destiny of a person is not necessarily the destiny God intended for them; it depends upon their free-will.
At some point in our lives most of us ask “What is the purpose of life? Why am I here? Where am I going? Can I determine my future, my destiny? Is my future already planned by God? During my lifetime can I be assured of a good destiny?”
Many famous people have attempted to answer such deep questions. For example, on the destiny of mankind Winston Churchill once said:
“It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.”
Was he right? To answer difficult questions like this let’s put aside the mountains of books on philosophy and the many different religions and simply read some key texts in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. The following short articles cover some of the most important concepts of life. They outline the essential factors concerning God’s dealings with mankind, and the pathway to God’s preferred destiny for mankind:
- 1. God’s perfect plan from the Creation is for man to dwell with His Creator in Paradise. This is man’s perfect destiny. We get a glimpse of a form of Paradise in Genesis 1 and 2. Here, in the perfect Garden of Eden, it seems Adam was initially immortal and was only destined to die if he disobeyed God (see Genesis 2:17). Sadly, Adam exercised his free-will and chose to walk away from Paradise
- 2. Fast forward to today. For mankind to dwell with God (who is Spirit, John 4:24) in some future Paradise requires mortal man to become a living spirit, like Adam (see Genesis 2:7). The New Testament gospels say that, due to the Fall of Mankind, mortal man is spiritually dead and needs a spiritual re-birth
- 3. The good news is that Jesus Christ offers individuals free spiritual re-birth if they choose to accept it. But where did Jesus come from?
- 4. God’s plan was to achieve all this through Abraham and his descendants, the tribes of Israel. The nation of Israel was to became God’s witness and blessing to the nations, through Christ (Genesis 12:3). Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus shows that He was from the tribe of Judah, and so He was a Jew
- 5. Now God made a covenant with Israel: they would be blessed and be a blessing if they followed His laws (the Mosaic Covenant). They failed, and suffered the diaspora (scattering). On the other hand, as prophesied, Jesus came, and died, and rose again to be God’s blessing to the nations. And today, as prophesied, the nation Israel is being restored to the land God gave them – Canaan
- 6. For those who choose to follow Christ and be spiritually re-born, they can look forward to dwelling with God in a future Paradise. Their destiny will be to dwell with their Creator God in the New Earth (see Revelation 21)
- 7. Revelation chapter 21 also gives a final warning. Mankind has a choice; either to accept spiritual re-birth through Christ, or reject the offer and so reject eternal life in Paradise
The following short articles expand upon these themes. Let’s look first at the Bible’s description of Paradise: