March 3rd - One Way
"Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." Matt 7:13-14 (NKJV)
If you are embarking on a trip across the country or even to a local destination where you are not acquainted with the location, if you are wise you will look at a map--turn on your electronic navigator--or look it up online and download the directions. (Sometimes I do all three just to make sure) Arriving at a particular location is not guess work, it is a calculated decision, where I know that if I take a specific road to a specific destination on the map I will complete the journey as planned.
If you have an interest in "landing" in the eternal Kingdom of the Creator you must "Enter by the narrow gate." Jesus was trying to convey an important truth to those who were and are interested in an abundant and eternal life. Simply stated--there is one road that will take you to heaven, and as long as you stay on that road you can rest assured knowing that you will arrive and you will hear the voice of Jesus say, "Welcome thou good and faithful servant."
There are a plethora of roads that lead to destruction. People are gullible and willing to believe just about anything, simply because they wish it to be true. It is almost as crazy as heading due south on a road heading out from New York City believing that it will eventually take you to Seattle. If you want to make heaven your home please take the right road--the only road--the one way that leads to eternal life. Let the following verses act as your spiritual map, and know that if you stay on this road you will arrive at your destination.
We live in a time where the most popular "value" of choice is diversity; and our culture is trying to pretend that all religions are equal--all philosophies are equal--all view points are equal--and all choices must be accepted and embraced by everyone as being equal. What??? Please excuse me, but all things being equal, not all things are equal--to twist a popular idiom. There are consequences associated with choices. Furthermore, embracing diversity for the sake of diversity is strangely absurd. When it comes to eternal life, there is one way.
Author's Note: Some may find my take on diversity to be troubling. Sorry, you would find me to be a very tolerant and loving person; but, diversity that is based on either a lie or a destructive idea should not be embraced for the sake of diversity itself. As a culture we would be better off making "truth" the new popular value of choice. RJD