There was an argument about “Man’s Destination” that one says “man has no capacity to determine where he is heading. It is only God who makes that decision.” It seems like the man cannot decide where he should be with that kind of reasoning. Predestination is even foreign in the Biblical terms which seem to be their argument. What did the Bible say?
Heaven or Hell? C.S. Lewis says “The safest road to hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.” Hell is the place prepared for the devil and his angels. The Devil’s nature is to tempt and often times we believe that by engaging with that temptation, it will give us something. It might make us feel good, meet a perceived need or be pleasurable. Eve thought God was holding out on her when she wanted to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. She didn’t believe God’s warning when He set a boundary and placed the garden as off-limits. Satan wants you to impugn the nature of God. He wants to cause war in heaven and bring all humans to revolt against God the Father (https://www.charismamag.com/spirit/spiritual-growth/18644-how-satan-entices-people-into-sin).
God has revealed our enemy and wanted us to be aware of his scheme. He gave directions for us to follow and never fall into Satan’s trap. Most of all, He warned us and should be affected by the fearfulness of hell. Jude 22-23 says; “And have mercy on some, who are doubting; save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.” Wouldn’t it be shameful for us just to save ourselves and not include others by telling them of God’s plan? Aren’t we given a choice to choose for our salvation or not? Should we be not affected also by the terror of the Lord in the coming judgment? 2 Corinthians 5:11 says; “Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.”
If Heaven is our destination and we obey the Lord’s guidance by entering the “strait or narrow gate” (Matthew 7:13), we should not only fear the “appearance and punishment of Hell” but we should be “more” motivated to work for our salvation (Philippians 2:12) because the life in heaven and eternal happiness to be with our Lord will help us overcome sufferings and trials. Jesus promised us a place in His Father’s house where we can enjoy the absence of sorrow (Jn. 14:2-3). This offer is not for a week or month but for eternity! To think of that, we would barter what we have now just to be in Heaven – right?
Going back to our question, where is your destiny? The ANSWER is HEAVEN! We can do it and work for our destination. Peter said, “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:” 2 Peter 1:10. Apostle Paul did the same encouragement by saying; “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12. If Hell does not scare you, remember, hell is a place which even the demons themselves, who know their destiny and wish to avoid as long as possible (Mt. 8:29).