The Two Gates:
An Inescapable Dichotomy
C. David Ragland, Jr.
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
– Words of Christ as recorded in Matthew 7:13-14
Here, Christ issues a dichotomous statement of terms. We are expected to follow Christ and no other path will do. The narrow gate is our goal; alternate paths lead to destruction. We either repent and believe the Gospel, or we reject Christ and face eternal damnation.
Our two-fold problem
Due to unregenerate man’s innate rebellious nature, he chafes at God’s ultimatums and is, therefore, prone to either reject Christ altogether or seek an alternative path (false religion). Additionally, there is a fierce battle being waged for the souls of men in the spiritual realm.
The enemy of our souls has power to work within the earthly realm to lay traps. For these causes, there are few who will find the correct gate. Some complain that it’s as though the deck is unfairly stacked against mankind. Remember, it is those who reject Christ, who refuse to acknowledge God who are turned over to a reprobate mind.
Again, while the paths are many and the distracting temptations great, the message of the two gates is clear. No matter the route, we will enter one of two gates in the end. This is precisely why it is imperative that we know and understand the ‘essentials’ regarding core Christian doctrines.
The key is to first find the correct path (way), else we can never find the correct gate.
Jesus is the way!
See: The Gospel Message