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Ok so are only a few Christians going to make it?

Matthew 7:13-14 (New International Version)

The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Is being a christian who is heaven bound have to be hard? Are most of us doomed? What exactly does this scripture mean for salvation? That many think they are on the right path but they aren't because it's easy?

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rhanford

Asked by rhanford at 7:46 PM on May. 26, 2011 in Religious Debate

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  • No, I don't think it is hard to get into heaven. I think what that means is that people who don't believe, who haven't accepted or who believe differently are bound for the wide gate. There are more people who don't believe, who haven't accepted or who believe differently than there are Christians.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:53 PM on May. 26, 2011

  • It means that it is difficult to do the right thing every time, it is difficult to go against family and friends who would influence to sin. It is difficult to love unconditionally even evil people because they are God's children. It is difficult to tell the truth every time without fearing the outcome because of total trust in God. The point is, it takes pure LOVE and TRUST of God to live the way the Bible calls those who believe in Him to live. If we totally trusted God, we would see mountains move, seen any of that lately? We would do what we saw Him do and even Greater things would we do...seen anyone raise someone from the dead or restore sight to the blind in the past year or at all? It is a hard, difficult road/door to live a fully Christian life. It is not easy. The easy way is the road to perdition. Doesn't mean one can never sin, Jesus is all about forgiveness...But we must recognize it in order to ask.
    mitzicross

    Answer by mitzicross at 8:06 PM on May. 26, 2011

  • This has nothing to do with whether you go to heaven or not. It has everything to do with many choose the easy christian walk but a few will choose to go deeper with God and truly get to know Him in a way that He wants to be known.
    The passage many are called but few are chosen. Same thing.... many are called but few will choose to go deeper in their walk with God and make that sacrifice.
    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 9:57 PM on May. 26, 2011

  • My take on it is that this verse does not mean it's difficult to become a Christian, but that there is only ONE way to live eternally with God and only a few that decide to follow it. Believing in Jesus is the only way to heaven, because He alone died for our sins and made us right before God.
    popzaroo

    Answer by popzaroo at 10:10 PM on May. 26, 2011

  • i feel it means that a lot of people feel that just they go to church every sunday or wed.nights or just they pay their ten percent like they should that they will be welcome into heaven not that easy.you are better to get into heaven just by doing the honest ,the right things,you something as simple as giving change to a man standing on a coner,or feeding someone that's hungry the simple things will get you in heaven qucker than playing church,for gGOD SITS HIGH AND HE LOOKS LOW,AND HE KNOW WHAT YOU ARE THINKING AND WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO BEFORE YOU DO IT,so why may fool man,you can never fool GOD
    MADUKES402

    Answer by MADUKES402 at 7:35 AM on May. 27, 2011

  • Years ago I read that most are forgiven and that even Hiter went to Heaven...so I lost a lot of respect for Pastors,Minsters, and for the Bible and its teachings. I figure if Hitler made it to Heaven,that it has to be one big hilarious lie about God and Heaven and Hell. I live the best life I can and try to be kind and honest. I don't think there is any other way.
    minnesotanice

    Answer by minnesotanice at 11:34 AM on May. 27, 2011

  • Many people think they are rightous and holy people but they dont actually have a relationship with Christ. The Bible says that there is one name under Heaven by which we may be saved. Just one name! That is a narrow gate considering all the people and things that we can chose from to dedicate our lives to. We have to choose Jesus and truely love and follow him.

    So, to answer your question...real Christians will all be saved. However, many people who claim to be Christian dont really have Jesus and wont be saved. Those who are just going through the motions will perish.
    amber710

    Answer by amber710 at 12:52 PM on May. 27, 2011

  • According to the bible not all will get in.
    jujubean1979200

    Answer by jujubean1979200 at 3:57 PM on May. 27, 2011

  • There are those whose names are written in the Book of Life - those are who will gain entrance into Heaven. Simply calling oneself a Christian doesn't necessarily mean that your name is written in the Book of Life.

    This specific Scripture means exactly what it says .... there are few people who find the Way. Christ later refers to Himself as "the gate." This verse emphasizes the fact that there is only way to Heaven and that it is through Jesus Christ. When you think of all the religions and philosophical beliefs out there and compare them to the teachings of Christ, then His way does appear to narrow. The Christian life is also not easy, which is why the road isn't described as "wide."
    -Eilish-

    Answer by -Eilish- at 4:23 PM on May. 27, 2011

  • If you are looking for assurance for your salvation, then I suggest beginning here: http://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/receiving-assurance-salvation/

    -Eilish-

    Answer by -Eilish- at 4:26 PM on May. 27, 2011

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