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he title of this article may be a  No dissenting voice will be heard in the
              bit misleading. It is not so much  chorus of praise to the Lamb. No self-will
        Teternal destinies that I have in view.  will interject itself into that society. History
        The title might be put into clearer focus  has a goal.
        by asking a question: “Where is history   Given the three options, it is likely that
        going?”                              most would prefer the last: history that is
          Currently, there are three worldviews  headed somewhere instead of nowhere;
        which are competing for the spotlight in  history that is headed somewhere rather
        answer to this question. In the teaching of  than repeating its sad and sordid past.
        many Eastern religions, history is cyclical.  But personal preferences must not be the
        On both the personal and cosmic plain, it  judge of truth. What we would like is not
        is nothing more than a repetitive cycle of  necessarily always what is true. However,
        events. Thus, teaching about reincarnation  what is true is always what we will like
        is common to many. History is a recurring  and prefer.
        cycle with no ultimate goal other than the   How are we to judge among the three
        individual’s “perfection” through many  contestants? What standard can we apply
        lives.                               to assess the validity of the claims made
          Secular humanism answers by telling us  by each?
        that history is going nowhere. We are the   The Eastern cyclical concept of history
        accidental byproduct of evolutionary forces  does have in its favor the uncanny
        which are controlled by no transcendent  tendency for history to repeat itself.
        wisdom or purpose. Jacques Monod’s  But this repetition is actually only a
        oft-repeated expression that we are here  reflection, expressing the evil of the human
        as a result of “a throwing of the dice”  heart. Repression, rebellion, struggle,
        perhaps best encapsulates the mindless,  independence and liberty have all played
        purposeless  power that guides blind  out, and replayed, on the human scene for
        evolution.                           millennia. Their recurrence on the larger
          The third answer is the biblical one: there   landscape of history hardly argues for a
        is a transcendent, all-wise and all-loving  grand design of individual reincarnation
        God who is guiding history “after the   with the recycling of the soul. History
        counsel of his own will” (Eph 1:11). The  repeats itself because the human heart
        Christian worldview posits a Creator-God  has not changed from the Fall in Eden
        who is in control of history and guiding it  to the present day. Human beings will
        all toward its ultimate purpose – the glory   always strive to be as gods, controlling and
        of His Son (Col 1:15-17). He is moving  oppressing others. Likewise, individual
        history toward its ultimate goal – not a  testimonies of having a sense of having
        utopian society, but new heavens and a  lived a former life or in a former existence
        new earth. There, and there alone, sin   lack any objective basis for credibility.
        will no longer be able to raise its head.   The secular view of history is based

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