|Where do we come from and where will we go?|
|Written by arkwriter|
|Thursday, 23 July 2009 16:41|
Where do we come from
and where will we go?
A schoolteacher asked the students to write a brief history of their lives. One student wrote: “I was born. I am alive. I will die.” That’s really brief and it is also true.
If you ask an ordinary person, “Where do you come from, meaning what is the origin of life?” he may answer, “I don’t know.” Then you ask, ”Where will you be going after you die? Again he may answer “I don’t know.” Most people do not have any good answers to these questions.
If you know where you come from, you will also know where you will be going. The Holy Bible has clear answers to these questions about man’s origin and his future and final destination.
God created the first man and woman in His own image (Gen. 1:26-27). Man consists of three elements – body, spirit and soul (Gen. 2:7; 1 Thes. 5:23). After creating Adam and Eve “God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.” (Gen. 1:31) The Bible also informs us where we will go after death. “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” (Heb. 9:27) “Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it.” (Ecc. 12:7) The saved righteous saints will have everlasting life in heaven and the unsaved wicked persons will have everlasting punishment in hell (Mt. 25:46; Rev. 20:11-15).
False Concepts of Man’s Origin
in the World’s other Major Religions
Judaism, Christianity and Islam believe in a Creator God and man is created as described in Genesis of the Holy Bible.
Hinduism has no concept of Creation and a Creator. They believe life happens in repetitive cycles.
Buddhism also teaches man’s life is a continuous cycle of existence in various forms called reincarnation. A man’s previous life before birth may be an ant, a frog or any animal, so strict Buddhists do not kill any form of life at all. They believe that if a man lives a good and virtuous life before he dies he will have a better and more successful life in his next reincarnated life.
Japanese Shintoism teach that all human life originates from their mythical god (kami) named Amaterasu. They believe that humans are Kami’s children.
The New Age Movement has its roots in oriental religions.
Although Evolutionism says it is a science but in reality it is a religion based on assumptions.
Why is the Genesis Creation
Truth important to Christians?
The Bible states: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psm. 11:3) If the foundation of the building is removed the whole structure collapses. What is the foundation of Christianity? The Bible. And what is the foundation of the Bible? Genesis. If you remove or misinterpret Genesis you will have a false religion. Genesis sets forth the creation of the heavens and the earth; the creation of man, the fall of man and the entrance of sin into the world. Almost every doctrine of major importance such as salvation, redemption, promise of a Messiah-Savior, marriage, rules for living, obedience to God’s commandments and the Seventh Day Sabbath have their roots in the book of Genesis. Our Lord Jesus Christ accepted the book of Genesis as historically correct, trustworthy and divinely inspired. “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” (Lk. 24:27) Moses wrote the first five books of the Holy Bible called “Torah”. Jesus said, “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (Jn. 5:46-47) Why did Jesus say that? It is because the foundation of Christianity was laid in the writings of Moses’. God said to the serpent, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” (Gen. 3:15) Here in the book of Genesis is the first prophecy and promise of God to send the Messiah and Savior who will destroy the devil and his works.
According to Genesis, God created Adam and Eve in His own image. Since God is perfect our first ancestors were perfect when they were first created. They were designed to live forever. Death came as a result of sin. Genesis 2:17 and Romans 5:12 explain how death came after man sinned. Before sin, there was no death. The evolution theory of natural selection states that only the fittest of each species were able to survive.
Evolutionists claim the fossil records show there were struggle, bloodshed, death and decay for billions of years long before monkeys evolved into man. If death had occurred before man sinned, then the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ becomes meaningless.
Evolution destroys the message of redemption; for if death has always been present. What significance does the death of Jesus Christ have on the redemption of man if death is just a part of the life’s process and has nothing to do with man’s sins? Why would God manifest Himself in the flesh as Jesus Christ and became the Savior and Redeemer of mankind?
Evolution negates the work of Jesus Christ who came to bear the sins of mankind and shed His precious blood for the atonement of our sins. Evolution is a great lie of the devil that must be rejected by Christians. Our Lord Jesus Christ affirms God’s Creation truth in His discourse on marriage when He said, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? ‘So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Mt. 19:4-6)
Man did not evolve from the monkeys. God had created man and woman in His own image. In our Lord’s statement there is absolutely no place for a homosexual union, which is an abomination to God (Lev. 18:22; Rom. 1:26-29). Where do we come from? God created us through the marital union of our parents therefore we must honor and respect the institution of marriage (Heb. 13:4). It is called holy matrimony.
We were chosen before the
Foundation of the World
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will;” (Eph. 1:3-5)
“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” (Rom. 8:29-30)
God’s foreknowledge of man’s fall is an indication His plan of salvation is not an afterthought; it was settled before the foundation of the world. We are created for the purpose of worshipping, serving and honoring God. It gives us joy and comfort to know that God has always known us even before we were born. God’s love for us is eternal. His power and wisdom is supreme. He will guide and protect us until the day we stand in His presence.
Preservation of God and
Perseverance of the Saints
There are two concepts in the doctrine of salvation that are held by Christians.
"Calvinism teaches (1) the total depravity of man, (2) God's unconditional election (or predestination) of certain ones to be saved and certain others to be lost, (3) that Christ died only for the elect, not for every person, (4) that God's saving grace toward the elect cannot be resisted, and (5) that once a person is saved, he can never lose his salvation.
"Arminianism teaches something different on each of these points: (1) Though born a sinner, mankind is given a spark of divine grace that enables him to respond positively to God. (2) God does not arbitrarily consign some people to eternal damnation; their willful rejection of God's salvation makes them responsible. (3) Christ died for every person, even though some refuse to accept the provision for their salvation. (4) No person is forced against his or her will to become a Christian (5) One's salvation can be lost through willful disobedience.
"Rather than the unconditional predestination of Calvinism, Arminianism teaches conditional predestination. We are predestined to eternal life if we accept God's provision of salvation.
There are some biblical truths in both Calvinism and Arminianism. Our Lord Jesus Christ taught preservation as well as the perseverance of the saints. He said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.” (Jn. 10:27-29) Our Lord had also given warnings to His disciples: “And you will be hated by all for my name's sake: but he who endures to the end will be saved.” (Mt. 10:22; 24:13)
Concerning preservation of the saints the apostle Paul prayed: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thes. 5:23) Paul also wrote: “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;” (Phil. 2:12)
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Salvation is a free gift from God. We are saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, but we are “created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:8-10).
Where will we go when we die?
You may remember the science fiction movie “Cocoon” that has the story of a group of old folks from a retirement home in Florida. They had discovered the cocoons that were left in a swimming pool by the aliens from outer space have incredible restorative powers. They were eagerly waiting for their extraterrestrial friends to take them in a spaceship to another planet to live. There are people who actually believe they can go to heaven in spaceships. In March 1997 thirty nine members of an U.F.O. cult called Heaven’s Gate committed suicide in Rancho Santa Fe, (near San Diego) California. They believed that by leaving their bodies behind they could join other “older members” from “the next level above human” on an UFO supposedly hidden behind the Hale-Bopp comet. These people were completely deceived. They are lost forever.
Our Lord Jesus Christ prayed to the Father for His disciples: “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” (Jn. 17:14-16) It does not mean that Christians are extraterrestrials from outer space. It means their thoughts, behavior, actions, speech and attitude do not conform to the world’s standards (Rom. 12:2; 1 Jn. 2:15). “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,” (Phil. 3:20)
Heaven is Real
1. Heaven is the dwelling place of God. (1 Kng 8:30)
2. Our Lord Jesus Christ said that He came down from heaven. (Jn 6:38)
3. Jesus went up to heaven after His resurrection. (Mk 16:19)
4. He said He was going to His Father’s mansion to prepare a place for us. (Jn 14:2-3)
5. God is preparing a place in heaven too beautiful to describe for those who love Him. (1 Cor. 2:9)
6. Jesus ascended to heaven and He will return in the same manner (Acts 1:9 -11)
7. When the Lord returns the dead in Christ will rise first, then those that are alive will be caught up together with them to be with Jesus. (1 Thes. 4:15-17)
8. Our bodies will be changed from corruptible to incorruptible and glorious bodies. (1 Cor. 15:51-54; Phil. 3:20-21)
9. When Jesus is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. (1 Jn. 3:2)
10. In heaven “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Rev. 21:4)
11. “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun will not strike them, nor any heat. For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. (Rev. 7:15-17)
12. “And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.” (Rev. 22:3-5)
May God bless you
This article is a presentation of Paul Wong
to the ARK Forum on June 15, 2002
It was published on this Website on July 22, 2009
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