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The Narrow Path

Ignore that which is inconvenient to your worldview. Latch onto what is comforting. Hold fast to that which appears to support your current beliefs. Don’t dig too deeply and definitely don’t ask for evidence beyond anecdotes and rumors. Never question the motives of those who profit from telling about miraculous things which happened to them or their children.

But, you should maintain as much skepticism as possible about the findings of modern science. Always be cautious about what scientists claim when they talk about the past. Be wary of neurosurgeons, psychologists and cultural anthropologists. And whatever you do, make sure that you stay as far away as possible from any historians who aren’t true born-again believers.

If you can walk this narrow path, then you can strengthen your faith and preserve your soul against the corruptions of this world.

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

- Matthew 7:13-14 (NRSV)

6 thoughts on “The Narrow Path”

    1. It’s a message to my former self, mostly. I’m certain that there are some individuals that it currently applies to and some that it does not, but I leave that determination to the reader and their own ‘inner voice.’

    2. Great message to one’s former self. I wondered if it was “targeted” or “personal.” Great talking with you today. :)

  1. This actually goes along with your previous post where you say ‘I was taught that the Canaanites must have been so bad that all of them, including their young children and infants, deserved death at the hands of the Israelites.”

    When we saw something that didn’t seem right, we tried to understand why God would permit it or even order it.

    Now we call it rationalizing, but I think it was more sincere than that. If we already believed that God could do no wrong — thought we knew for a fact that God could do no wrong — then it was up to us to figure out how what he did was the right thing.

    I remember thinking that the reason some people died was that we Church-of-Christ-ers always prayed for the doctors and seldom for the sick person because we were afraid it might be construed as asking for a miracle, and we “knew” that miracles ended after the age of the apostles. (Had the proof texts for it!) But then there was a shift and we actually had some Wednesday nights devoted to praying for the terminally or seriously ill. Still, the terminal ones died, and the seriously ill sometimes died, and sometimes lived, but never actually recovered as we had begged.

    Somehow, that didn’t shake my faith. It’s only looking back that I realize that no unseen being was listening.

  2. Some believe there is no god, while it is a strange paradox that others believe they are gods. Science marvels at the religious for disbelief in what is real, and religion marvels at the gods of our age for lack of belief.

    The question is not, “Is there something more,” for everyone believes in something. The real question – is what belief is real?

    Then again, it all depends on who is asking.

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