For a being who is love. He should be with a heart very wide open.
The way is narrow not because God’s love is lacking, but because people choose other things over Him. It’s narrow because few people choose to walk in the way that leads to Him.
That interpretation doesn’t fit with Luck 13:24: “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.”
Luckily Luke 13 doesn’t have to be taken on its own- the other gospel writers give us more details, particularly Matthew in his seventh chapter when he records, “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."
Few people will enter the door, as few will choose the path which leads to it- so, in purely earthly terms, why would the door need to be wide? A high traffic area will need a large door and a wide gate, but not a door which few choose to enter.
Explanatory text in my Didache bible;
‘The path to salvation is open and the invitation is clear, but following Christ requires self-renunciation, a life of deep prayer and an unconditional love for everyone.’
That’s why the door is narrow!
I must say it’s always made me uncomfortable too. I guess most people you meet aren’t Christians really or even believe in God. That’s the bottom line
We just need to pray for them all
It is a narrow door, yet He gives everyone sufficient grace go through it.
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,
like the wideness of the sea.
There’s a kindness in God’s justice,
which is more than liberty.
There is no place where earth’s sorrows
are more felt than up in heaven.
There is no place where earth’s failings
have such kindly judgment given.
There is welcome for the sinner,
And more graces for the good;
There is mercy with the Savior;
There is healing in His blood.
There is grace enough for thousands
Of new worlds as great as this;
There is room for fresh creations
In that upper home of bliss.
For the love of God is broader
than the measures of the mind.
And the heart of the Eternal
is most wonderfully kind.
If our love were but more faithful,
we would gladly trust God’s Word,
and our lives reflect thanksgiving
for the goodness of our Lord.
– Frederick W. Faber
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. - Psalm 86:5
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. - Psalm 86:15
Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever. - Psalm 136:26
God’s love for us is so deep and wide that it cannot be measured, but He is also Holy. He gives us grace to be saved and sanctified so that we can come to Him. His death on the Cross for us, for me, is pure and perfect and unending Love.
What does this mean?
So you are saying that there are just a few true christian? Why the way toward God should be so though?
That salvation is through Jesus Christ alone. It’s easy to coast through life, ignoring God, and enter by the wide gate into Hell and separation from God. Salvation requires believing in Jesus’ gift of salvation and choosing to live with Him as your Lord, abiding by His moral law, throughout your life.
Jesus is preaching that we should enter by the narrow gate because the wide gate (the one which most people take) leads to destruction.
No- all Christians sin, and this is when we abandon the narrow path and take the wide path. We can always repent and return to the narrow path.
I don’t understand you. What you are describing now is simple. You sin and then repent. This is a description of a door which is wide.
Not so. When you sin, you abandon the narrow path in favor of the wide path. If you repent, you return to the narrow path. If not, you remain on the wide path. You make the mistake of assuming that someone remains on the same path throughout their entire life, when in fact they can change their course.
So you think people normally don’t repent? That is strange to me. It is easy to repent when sin is done!
Ver. 24. Shall seek, &c. Shall desire to be saved; but for want of taking sufficient pains, and not being thoroughly in earnest, shall not attain to it. Ch.
— Our Lord answers here in the affirmative: viz. that the number of those who are saved, is very small, for a few only can enter by the narrow gate. Therefore does he say, according to S. Matthew, (C. vii.) Narrow is the way that leadeth to life, and few there are that enter therein. This does not contradict what is said in the 8th chapter of S. Matthew: That many shall come from the east, and sit down in the kingdom of God; for many indeed shall join the blessed company of the angels, but when considered with the number of the slain, they will appear but few. S. Aust. ser. xxxii. de Verb. Dei.
The additional Notes in this Edition of the New Testament will be marked with the letter A. Such as are taken from various Interpreters and Commentators, will be marked as in the Old Testament. B. Bristow, C. Calmet, Ch. Challoner, D. Du Hamel, E. Estius, J. Jansenius, M. Menochius, Po. Polus, P. Pastorini, T. Tirinus, V. Bible de Vence, W. Worthington, Wi. Witham. — The names of other authors, who may be occasionally consulted, will be given at full length.