Matthew 7:13“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many.
In this verse, Jesus speaks of a narrow gate and a wide gate. Personally, I think Jesus is comparing heaven and purgatory. Most people claim that the wide gate represents eternal punishment in hell. Do you agree?
Jesus is speaking of two gates. Is it two gates to heaven? Or two gates into the after life? If it is two gates into hell, why does Jesus, according to the popular interpretation, leave Purgatory out of the picture?
Do you believe that the vast majority of people deserve eternal punishment?
Here’s something else to keep in mind. The vast majority of people in the world are free. But the vast majority have committed crimes for which they have paid their fines to remain out of jail. A few are in jail, but they don’t expect to stay there permanently. Most in jail will be released. A smaller minority will be incarcerated for life and an even smaller minority will be executed for their crime.
Do yo see the parallel? Catholic Theology sees purgatory as a sort of spiritual jail.
*1032 This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead, already mentioned in Sacred Scripture: "Therefore [Judas Maccabeus] made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin."609 From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God.The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead:
Let us help and commemorate them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.*
Is man more merciful than God? Some interpret this verse to mean that God destroys the vast majority of people in hell. Yet man forgives the sins of most and destroys only a small minority as punishment for their crimes.
Am I right?