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The Path and the Way

With a little common sense and heart knowledge, you would have to agree that Jesus did not bring an easy ‘path’ or a ‘way’ of salvation. Everything that he was about, every teaching had to do with sanctification—walking a path of love through self-responsibility and inner purity through spiritual ‘work:’

 

An early name for the Jesus’ movement was “Those of the Hodos,” meaning “way’ or “road”….

 

Jesus developed the notion found earlier in his scriptures, of two contrasting paths: “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 path is rough that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”[i]

           

Walking a path that is as narrow as a swords edge, with valleys of the shadow of fear and doubt on either side of it, is seemingly never the most popular way to go or does it attract the most followers—“Jesus associated the pursuit of the most popular way with false prophets.”[ii]

 

So I must ask you as the reader, why would Jesus bring a message that would bring him no popularity and riches as well as an accusation of sedition? And it would seem in my heart and mind that a message and path of salvation is the easy road where a way of sanctification indicates hard spiritual work and walking a path that is tough…

 

 



[i] William E. Phipps, Muhammad and Jesus, pp. 231 – 232

 

[ii] Ibid, p. 231

 


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