For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
Scripture is often faulted for being “simplistic” when in reality it is merely simple and clear about things that we should be simple and clear about. One clear and simple reality is that, for all the enormous ambiguity of life, for all the subtleties of choice and destiny that lie before us, for all the complexities of circumstance, responsibility, freedom and ignorance which make up our daily lives, there are only two possible outcomes for every person’s story: union with God (and therefore eternal life and happiness) or rejection of God (and therefore eternal death and misery). That’s it. That’s all. Heaven or hell. So Scripture stresses that, when you boil it all down, there are only two “ways”: the way of the righteous or the way of the wicked. That’s not simplistic, that’s simply reality.