“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14) The old versions included the word straight as do many scriptures including John’s fulfillment of Isaiah, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight.” (Mark 1:3 KJV) So, we understand the straight and narrow way that leads to life everlasting. A broad wide way leads to destruction. It is a winding way of turns with hidden dangers around its corners. As long as the Lord tarries and we are still breathing we may return to Yeshua, (Jesus’ Hebrew name) and be saved. However, the broadway is easy and many travel that way. Perhaps there is peer pressure from fellow travelers scoffing, “This is a delightful way, you would be a fool to leave it.” It’s broad enough for there to be many different variations and wanderings along its course from left to right. Some may follow their own “straight” way cutting the corners so as to stay as straight as possible through the curves, maintaining their own course, but still upon the broadway.
Until the gate of death is actually entered, doubt of the truth or false hope may still support ideas such as, “When we die there is nothingness, it’s the end of all, including our transgressions, crimes and sins.” Do those on the Broad way expect to get off before they reach the gate? Do they fancy approaching it hoping to get a glimpse beyond, but step back and linger before the gate? What of the throngs behind, are they pushing others forward out of their way. How many are running as fast as they can, looking forward to a “rest” of nothingness? Isn’t this the pleasant comforting figment of imagination of those road weary travelers along the broad and crooked way? Always coming around a bend in the road, just to find another bend ahead, never having faith’s certainty of a glorious destination. How is it possible to find the straight and narrow path after so long on the Broadway?
We know that it is possible to sear one’s conscience, to become hopelessly deluded. Scripture warns, “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.” (Hebrews 10:26-27) We never completely forget our evil acts, why is it reasonable to think their consequences will disappear with us? (Exodus 20:5) The truth is embodied in a person, Yeshua, Messiah (Jesus’ Hebrew name). His teaching, deeds, and life testify and evidence God’s existence, character and nature. Moreover, He is the way to God and eternal life. You can read about Him from eyewitness accounts in the Bible, I suggest starting with the gospel of John.