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by Al Parr
April 5, 2015
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"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 Ieadeth unto life, and few there be that find it" (Matthew 7:13-14).

“Go this way," Jesus said, “because the destination you want is at the end of this way." It's an illustration so simple, common and logical as even to be insulting if spoken as if the hearerdidn’t understand it. If you want to go to that place, take that route, for it's the only route that goes there. Every soul who has ever gone from one room to another in his own house knows the principle -‘and he accepts and applies the principle in all his worldly activity.

Why then do so many believe that they can reach Heaven by any route other than that clearly marked by the God-breathed scriptures? if you want me to come to your house, you expect me to follow thespecific route that brings me to that specific destination. So when we want to go to’ God's house (Heaven), why would any rational person think that just any old route will take us there? It is beyond foolishness.

Following what seems good in this community can take us only to where this community is going. If l set my ‘ sights on this world, then this world is what l shall reach, but if Heaven is my goal, I must look for the path that can take me there. In my files is the following short comment, unidentified as to source orauthor: “It you read history, you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become ineffective in this world. Aim at heaven and you get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.” That's true, according to II Peter 3:10.