God made man a free moral agent: “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).
God provided the only sacrifice for sins – Christ. He has provided all that pertains to life and godliness (Jno. 3:16; Heb. 10:10; II Peter 1:3).
It is up to us as individuals either to obey God or reject him.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 7:21).
“Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him” (Heb. 5:8,9).
When heaven and hell are compared, it is unbelievable that some live such lives of sin. Heaven is described as a place of rest, no sorrow or crying, a place of joy, living with Christ throughout all eternity (Matt. 25:46; Rev. 14:13; Rev. 21:4; Matt. 25:23; Jno. 14:13).
Knowing the things men suffer in life and the glories of heaven that await, who would not want to go to heaven?
Hell is pictured as a place of weeping, with no rest, everlasting fire, without Christ and a place of anguish (Matt. 25:41; Rev. 14:11; Matt. 25:30 Jno. 8:21).
Who actively would seek this place as an eternal home?
The sad fact is that many are living lives that are going to lead to their destruction (Matt. 7:132,14).
They refuse to obey the gospel, which is the way of salvation (Rom. 2:8; II Thess. 8).
Paul wrote that the gospel saves (I Cor. 15:1- 4).
Some men believe their teaching is greater than God’s is, but it is not (Matt. 15:9).
Should not it be God who decides the requirements of admission to his kingdom?
He provided the way, the light and the sacrifice – Christ (Jno. 14:6; Jno. 1:4,5; Heb. 10:10).
He has provided all that man needs and he wants us to make the right choices; but again, he will not force us to follow him. It must be because it is our desire to follow God because of our love and devotion to him.
God’s plan of salvation as told in the New Testament is given in his word.
We are to: hear – Rom.10:17; believe – Heb. 11:6; repent – Acts 17:30; confess – Rom. 10:9, 10; be baptized – Acts 2:38; and live a faithful life – Rev. 2:10.
Obedience or non-obedience to God’s word will settle one’s destiny. So who determines our eternal destiny? We do! Where will our eternal destiny be?