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The Narrow Way (Part 1): INTRODUCTION

Updated: Jan 3


[Word Count: 794]

Many find the Bible a difficult read...difficult to believe, that is. Its claims and predictions are completely outside the "reality" we wake up to every morning and escape from when we surrender to the weariness of our bodies in sleep each night.

Yet what if the Bible is perfectly accurate in its claims and true in its predictions? Taken seriously, the Bible's content would keep the sanest soul sleepless for nights not a few.

And i fear the real reason so many of us dismiss the Bible is just so: we really don't have the fortitude (spiritually, mentally or physically) to do the things we surely would do if we made the commitment to live the way the Bible says we ought.

Western Religion tells us that the consequences of failure (the Lake that burns with fire and sulfur) are serious enough for us to try to live the Bible anyway...

...the one problem (among many) with that approach is that our pride won't allow us to wallow in our failures; we'll eventually give up on religion and bury our heads in the sand of materialism, nihilism, existentialism and hedonism for the rest of our lives, terrorized in our hearts by the eternity that waits for us (Hebrews 2:14,15).

The Gospel (the REAL Gospel of Jesus Christ) offers Something exponentially better and more exciting than religion...Something so simple, so pure and so wonderful that even those who claim to believe the Gospel still wrestle with the thought that It might be too good to be true!

With this in mind, I'm starting a new series based on the following quote from the Lord Jesus Christ:

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the Gate is narrow and the Way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." -- Jesus Christ, Matthew 7:13,14; ESV

I selected this translation of the passage because this is the way most people interpret what Jesus is saying...

...the Same Jesus who said four chapters later:

"Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” -- Jesus Christ, Matthew 11:28-30; ESV

Is the Lord Jesus hypocritical, double-tongued, deceitful or schizophrenic?

Not at all. While He was in the habit of speaking in riddles to discourage the "philosophy shopper," to those who were desperately serious about filling that emptiness in the core of their being, He was clear, simple and encouraging.

And in the spirit of clarity and simplicity I'm going to lay out now all the Scriptures that are relevant to this "Way" spoken about in Matthew Chapter 7. Feel free to look them up yourself and ask me any questions (in the comments) you wish; you don't have to wait till i get to any particular topic. With time you'll find that the Gospel has a solution to every challenge that would discourage you from taking the Strait Gate and the Narrow Way...do you DARE to BELIEVE?

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