Eternal Consequences 3_MT 7:13-14

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Does 'life' mean eternal life and 'destruction' mean eternal destruction Mt 7:13-14?

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  1. kyredneck

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    13 Enter ye in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many are they that enter in thereby.
    14 For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leadeth unto life, and few are they that find it. Mt 7

    Yes or no, in the above passage, does 'life' mean 'eternal' life and 'destruction' mean eternity burning in hell?

    Please comment as to why you voted the way you did.

    I vote no. I don't think that is what 'The Prophet' is telling the house of Israel here.
     
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    John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

    John 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

    Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

    There are only two ways, Jesus being one way, and Satan, the other. So both of these are in reference to the eternal destination of the soul.

    i am I AM's!!

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    I voted "yes." I'll take the words at face value and lay claim to Convicted's reasons for voting "yes."

    Anyway, please enlighten the rest of us as to why you said "no." After all, you wanted to know why we voted a certain way and what's good for the goose.....
     
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    [edit] Mt 7:13-14 is prophetic concerning 'that generation' and the kingdom of heaven.

    'Few are they that find it' is contradictory to 'a great multitude, which no man could number'.

    'Few are they that find it' is reminiscent of 'the Exodus (or wilderness) Generation' whose numbers have been estimated as high as 2.5 million and of which only two (2) (Joshua and Caleb) of that generation made it into the promised land. The rest entered not in because of unbelief. Even Moses and Aaron entered not in because of unbelief. The Exodus Generation is used several times as examples in the NT. I believe Christ is alluding to it here in the Sermon on the Mount. Few would be the Jews that would find or enter into the sabbath rest of Heb 4:9.
     
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    What you infer is to are merely great examples, or illustrations, of what Jesus is saying but to say it is limited to those illustrations goes too far in my opinion.
     
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    In my opinion, to interpret the passage to mean 'few there be that make it to heaven' goes beyond too far.


    [edit].....and, FYI, FWIW, IMO, the majority of God's redeemed, born from above children walk the road to destruction in this life.
     
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    Well Brother, with all due respect, I *think* "few" probably is correct. When you compare the numbers that make it to heaven, versus those who die and go to eternal torment, I think "few" go up, and "many" go down. IOW, WAY more go to torment, than those who will rejoice forevermore. Or at least I believe it to be this way.
     
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    Actually Willis, I think we're going to be shocked at who's there and who's not there, but that's just my humble opinion. God is stronger than the devil.

    [edit] 'Few are they that find it' is contradictory to 'a great multitude, which no man could number'. (I quess that didn't sink in?)
     
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    Well, I dunno about this one. If we are going to be shocked at those who don't make it, we would be sad, and God said He would wipe away all tears. So I don't think we'll be able to think of those who didn't make it, even if its some of the ones we had the uttermost confidence in. I think we'll be too busy singing that new song, and praising the King, to worry about those who didn't make it.



    Yes, it sank in, but barely. You take a "hard headed" ORB, and you have to dynamite things into us...LOL.

    I think that the "great multitude which no man could number", will be "few" in comparison to those who will perish....but this is MHO.
     

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