The Truth About…History (Part 2)

In the last blog we mentioned that of the five predominant worldviews in the United States, Christianity teaches that history is really His-Story, or God’s Story.  History (a record of past events) is that which God has allowed to take place in His sovereignty.  The main points in God’s story are the Creation, Fall of Man, and the Redemption of Man.  History is linear, and will ultimately end with Judgment Day.

This linear record of humans, with the highlights of God’s creation, man’s sin, and God’s salvation by Jesus, is full of all human’s stories that have walked the earth.  However, life will not go endlessly.  History will end in Judgment Day, with heaven or hell to follow.  If one knows Jesus as Savior, then one goes to heaven; if not, then one goes to hell because the person’s sin separates them from God.

How do we know that this is true?  As we turn to God’s inspired and inerrant Word, the Bible, we see that we all want a better world.  We see the disease, disasters, and death all around us and wonder why things are this way.  In addition, we want to fix this broken world, but try as we might, our attempts at creating a perfect world fail.  The historical record of past events shows that.

Listen to the Apostle Paul explain why the world is broken and what will fix it in Romans 8:18-21:

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.  For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

Paul notes that creation, although bound to decay because of man’s sin, will be freed from this present condition when God comes and takes His children home.

Human history will not go on forever because it is truly not ours–it is His-Story.  And God will end it on Judgment Day and bring us into perfection, a sinless state called heaven.  Even though man tries to create a perfect world, he cannot since he is sinful.  More on that in the next blog.

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