Apologetics: Why is Heaven’s Path so Narrow?

It’s a question one can easily be caught on. If God loves us all, why make the path to Heaven so narrow?

When making the case for God’s love to an unbelieving world, many questions come to mind, some more troubling than others. One such question is the road to Heaven. Why is it so narrow? If God loved everyone, why would He not accept everyone in? Or, as one atheist put it, “Why should unconditional love come with a list of conditions?” This is a troubling question, and one worthy of an answer.

To answer this, we must look at the question itself. When the atheist states that unconditional love shouldn’t come with conditions, the Ten Commandments are first to come to mind. These ten “conditions” are what makes the path so narrow, at least, that’s what is thought. The concept of love this question raises is one that accepts anyone and everyone, no matter what they have done. However, doesn’t this already describe the love of God? In John 6:37, Jesus says “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” So is this a blatant contradiction of the character of God, or just a simple misunderstanding?

If what Jesus says is true, then the road to Heaven isn’t narrow, but incredibly merciful. If what Jesus says is true, then the love of God isn’t conditional, but infinite. No one deserves the gift of eternal life in joy and holiness, yet Jesus says come to me and I will give you rest.

But it must be asked, if the road to Heaven is narrow, how can we rest?

The truth is that Jesus, the way the truth and the life, is the only way. One can’t know the truth, yet take an alternative. The same way the law of gravity is one law. One can’t create their own law of gravity, only what is already set in place.

The Ten Commandments were never meant to be a way to Heaven. They were meant to keep a culture in check and to stop lives being hurt or damaged. They were never a way to salvation. Following them would never grant us God’s love as His love isn’t bound by our performance, but by His. Ephesians 2:8 says this, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” The gift of salvation is theĀ only way to salvation. But if one were required to follow a set of laws, or obey each commandment, or give a sufficient offering in order to enter Heaven, then the road to Heaven becomes extremely narrow. Amazingly, through Jesus’ open gift, this is not the case. Through Jesus, the road to Heaven isn’t narrow in the sense that it requires an effort to be pure, it is described as narrow because we cannot create our own road to Heaven. If we reject Christ’s invitation, His generosity and forgiveness, and choose to find our own road, we are then choosing to become narrow in our own choices. We are choosing the difficult road. Pure righteousness becomes the only way to enter Heaven, but we’ve all fallen disastrously short of that standard.

I want to encourage anyone reading. The overwhelming good news is that the gift of salvation through Christ is given freely to all who will believe. You are loved beyond measure, you just have to turn your face.

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3 thoughts on “Apologetics: Why is Heaven’s Path so Narrow?

  1. better question would be… since God makes the rules and it’s Him who has been offended by sin, why the ‘need’ for a human sacrifice at all? why not simply Forgive all who repent? God Could, but why was the shedding of the ‘Blood’of an innocent ‘necessary’ to forgive the guilty when God COULD have just chosen to Forgive without punishing the Innocent for the Sins of the Guilty?

    1. Hey KIA, thanks for reading. That’s a great question. To answer, we First need to measure the weight of sin, as it has become grossly understated in today’s society. The concept of sin, as you can imagine, isn’t a popular one, however, it is vitally important we realize the condition of humanity. It is such a heavy burden, one cannot defeat it alone.

      A common misconception is that Christ sacrificed Himself to save us from Himself. The reality of it is, Christ sacrificed Himself to save us from OURselves, it’s a world of a difference. The burden of sin, if not replaced with a lighter burden (Matthew 11:30) will crush us, but Christ took that burden upon Himself and gave us His own in return. That burden is the call to love others above ourselves. Sin, on the other hand, always provokes the opposite.

      Another reason Christ came was to teach. To teach a standard of love the world had not known or embraced. For example, in Matthew 26:7, we find a woman approaching Jesus with a jar of expensive perfume. She began to pour it over on His head, but the disciples objected, saying, “To what purpose is this waste?” Jesus replied, “Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me?” He then gave her the greatest compliment one can give, “Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told.” This is but one example out of many. Most times someone had an objection. The crucifixion was the culmination of this.

      But God could just forgive and be done with it, right? Yes, but the problem is, nothing will change. Forgiveness doesn’t save one from the natural consequences of wrong actions. Forgiveness is choosing to say, “I know what you’ve done, but I’m going to love you anyway.” The one who had wronged will still face the end result of his wrongs, and that’s what Jesus came to bear Himself, not God’s punishment.

      1. Great response mate, I’m bad with big words so you did a better job than I would have done. Personally I would have just said “God doesn’t decide to just forgive that easily for the reason that He knows that you’ll keep doing it over and over, so it than His Love and Grace, from forgiving would become meaningless. I mean people don’t believe in God anyway, God could forgive but the end result would be the same: “They don’t know Me, so I don’t know them.”
        “You can only get to the Father through me”, Jesus said this because at least now people had a chance to know God, and to be with Him. Jesus died on the Cross, so that people would now have the chance to be forgiven, only if they truly hear and open there ears to hear.
        “Those with ears to hear, let him hear.”
        Great post mate, Blessings.

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