Saturday, February 05, 2011

Concerning Destiny and Chance

Destiny is the predetermined course of events often conceived as a resistless power or agency.
Chance is something that happens without any discernible human intentions or direction and in dissociation from any observable pattern, casual relation, natural necessity, or providential dispensation.
Above is the dictionary definition for the two words destiny and chance. The big question in life is which one is true and which one is false. Nearly, all religions state that destiny is the truth and that nothing happens by chance. Have our lives been predetermined for us?
We have been dealt the cards and all we have to do is play the hand. Do we play the hand that we are dealt or does destiny do that for us too? It is hard to determine and make a judgement call on this issue, for one cannot see every event and chain of events that happen to us at one time.
The three major religions of western civilization in one voice agree that destiny is the truth.
In the Norse religion, we learn of three goddesses of destiny, Urd (Fate), Skuld (Being), and Verdandi (Necessity).
In the Greek and Roman religion we learn of the three fates: Clotho, who spun the thread of life; Lachesis, who held it and fixed its length; and Atropos, who decided when to cut the thread of life.
The third religion, Christianity, also affirms destiny as the truth. These verses can be read to show that destiny is taught in Christianity: (Ephesians 1:5, 1:11), (Romans 8:29-30), and the Lord's Prayer can be used as proof of destiny being taught in Christianity.
So, destiny has on its side the three religious traditions that have shaped the western world.
Philosophers debate the issue, as does science.
Although more and more, science is coming to realize that life is predetermined by our DNA.
What does all this have to do with anything? This information frees us from the fear of death. Why fear destiny? The fates can be cruel, no doubt. But, in the end justice shall triumph over injustice. Everything happens for a reason. We must learn to read the signs concerning our destinies. Once we get an idea on what our destinies are to be, we can make our life's decisions based on this knowledge.

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