The Narrow Gate
Jesus said in Matthew 7:13, enter through the narrow gate and avoid the wide gate. For me, the only interpretation of this command is, don't follow the herd. Which, following the herd, is what most Christians do. The "wide gate" verse backs up my views on the churches' deficiencies, as described in Time to Leave the Denominations.
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
It is not that the narrow gate is difficult to find, and the wide gate is easy. It is that the majority of people don't care about truly seeking God, and therefore end up in the wide gate. Only the few that have genuine interest in seeking God will find the narrow gate. If we were to guess at who is in the wide gate, we'll find a combination of: "Christians" that are Christians for the social aspect of it, "Christians" misled by their churches of all denominations, and non-Christians.
Although I am trying hard in this website to help people see clearly, I think Jesus' statement of "the narrow gate" will stand regardless. This is because only a few people have eyes that see and ears that hear.
Note, there is a seemingly contradicting reference from the apostle John in Revelation 7:
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
Before we declare this as contradicting to the "narrow gate", let's look at some world stats. From public records, as of today the total number of people that ever lived on earth since creation is around 117 billion. Even a small fraction of this number (example 1%) would be in billions, and would qualify for "a multitude too numerous to count". Thus "the narrow gate" is not contradicting when we put things into perspective. For those with mathematical minds, I did some calculating below of possible percentages of the wide and narrow gates. The bottom-line is that the narrow-gate may only be 1% to 5% of all people on earth, or 10% to 15% of "Christians"!
Curious Minds Calculations:
Let's use the 117 billion number even though it is not the end yet. John in Revelation 7 above described a great multitude from all nations, no one could count. Standing before the throne of God, and all shouting in a loud voice... Would a billion people be a big number no one could count? That would mean only 1% of people go to heaven. How about 5 billion? Today's earth population is 7 billion. So 5 billion is a huge number, qualifies for "no one could count". If 5 billion then that's only 4% of the population that ever lived on earth. Then 4% of the population would be a possible estimate of the "narrow gate".
If we were to estimate from the "Christian" population only. Then the narrow gate estimate would translate to about 16% of all the "Christians" that ever lived on earth. You can easily do this math from using, 100 billion excluding BC population (instead of 117 billion total), and public estimates of "Christians" on earth to be 31%.
So the "narrow gate", if all 5 billion (see the 5 billion assumption in previous paragraph) were Christians, would be 5 billion (the multitude), divided by 31 billion (the estimated # Christians that ever lived on earth). That gives us an estimate of 16% of all the "Christians" that ever lived on earth entering the "narrow gate"!
So final estimates of the narrow gate based on the "multitude" = 5 billion
Less than 5% of all people who ever lived on earth.
Less than 16% of all Christians who ever lived on earth.
This would mean only 1 out of every 6 so-called Christians would make it to heaven!
Re-emphasizing, all I'm doing here is guessing and eye-opening based on these biblical references combined with world stats. It may be off some because of the multitude estimating - we used 5 billion, but it could be 1 billion or 10 billion, or even only millions.