Fate or Destiny ?

(Someone in a talkgroup talked about "fate", the following is my response.)


Let us distinguish (1) prophecy (2) fate (or destiny).

  1. Prophecy 1

    Prophecy is that LORD plans to do a thing in the future, and He tells someone about it before hand.

    For example, LORD told Abraham that He would bring his descendants out of Egypt in 400 years' time. After sojourning in Egypt for 430 years, the Israelites were led out of Egypt by the hand of Moses.

    Another example, LORD told the Israelites captured by King Nebuchadnezzar that LORD would set them free after 70 years [Book of Jeremiah, Chapter 29]. And true to His word, after 70 years, LORD set them free.

    Still another example, LORD told many people that He would sent His only son to Earth, and hence Jesus came. (Jesus was created before LORD created Earth with 100% likeness of LORD.)

  2. Prophecy 2

    Because LORD is TRUTH, LORD can predict how events would evolve in the future, e.g. about political system, LORD told Daniel [Book of Daniel, Chapter 2], that the Babylonian system would be replaced by the Persia/Media system, which in turn would be replaced by the Greek's system, which would be replaced by the Roman's system, which would be replaced by .....

    The evolution of events was not planned beforehand by LORD, but LORD knows events would happen that way.

  3. Fate (or Destiny)

    This means what will happen to us (or to a group of people). This can be changed by us.

    LORD : "If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will repent of the evil that I intended to do to it. And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will repent of the good which I had intended to do to it. ...' [Jeremiah 18:7-11]

    The Japanese believes in "cause and effect", e.g. if someone works hard and does good, good results/blessings will befall him/her. And if he/she uses the blessings still more to do good, he/she would receive more blessings. And this results in an endless cycles of blessings. (On the other hand, cycles of curses if one resents being punished by LORD and insists on breaking LORD's Laws and Commandments).

    Another example, when people in Nineveh did evil, LORD sent Jonah to tell them that LORD would kill them all in 40 days' time. The people feared, and repented, and LORD did not carry out His threat. [Book of Jonah].

    Jesus, through he was especially created (created with 100% LORD's likeness), Jesus faced the same trial every human face, (and even more). If Jesus failed in his trials, he would not have eternal life (hereafter). Therefore on the night he was betrayed, Jesus knew in his heart that he would meet terrible death, so he prayed fervently [Book of Matthew, Chapter 26]. Should Jesus had done otherwise, e.g. lead his followers in rebellion against the Roman and be a king to them (that would destroy the souls of many many people), he would not have had a place in the hereafter.

Therefore things planned by LORD, LORD will do in its due time, or things that must evolve must evolve accordingly.

But "fate or destiny", it is false. There is no "destiny nor fortune". If we want to have a good society, we MUST work towards it. We cannot sit still and hope LORD will bring it about. It simply WILL NOT HAPPEN THAT WAY. If no one is willing to undertake the work of LORD - teach others Laws and Commandments, if no one is willing to use his money to build orphanage, if no one is willing to use his money to build schools, .... Change simply will not come.

Therefore let us work hard towards a society full of kind-hearted people, and that people love one another, and care for one another.

Wu Siu Yan


Moses : "There shall NOT be found among you any one who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, any one who practises divination, a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer, or a charmer, or a medium, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD,..." [Deuteronomy 18:10-12]


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