Whenever a fellow Christian brings up the “broad road of destruction” — that is, the single verse that implies most people are going to hell — I have to question this with, you know, the whole Bible.
Because Matthew 25 tells us a story about these ten bridesmaids preparing for the wedding, and half of them are ready. Which implies that probably half of us are going to make it.
Or in Matthew 3, we learn about the wheat getting separated from the chaff: which actually implies that the majority of us are going to make it.
So which one are we cherry-picking for our agenda?
Do we only use the narrow gate to scare the hell out of people? What about the bridesmaids, and the wheat, and the entire list of others issues besides sexuality, and the stuff about helping the orphans and the foreigners, and how about the criminal next to Jesus who made it in the last ten seconds of his life? What’s the theology that makes the church hate poor people?
Like my seminary professors used to say, There’s no content without context.
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