Salvation’s Long and Narrow Way

Shades of wavy grass

Trampled by a chosen few

Forms a narrow path

“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 NIV

This has always been one of those passages that made me think about how one is saved. A lot of Christians tell me that “all you have to do is believe.” But, what if Jesus is right when he told his followers that you must do all of these things (commands) and then he throws out a verse that says, “… only a few will find it.” He dies on the cross to pay for our sins! Then he’ll come back to judge the sinless, the living, and the dead. And only a “few” of the sinless will travel down the path to eternal life. Of course, not all Christians are on board with this teaching. Or they have an entirely different interpretation of this Bible verse. The Bible is one mysterious and confusing book.

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Pentacostal Cages

Caged since my childhood

Tied up in religious shame

I set myself free

“The caged bird sings with a fearful trill,

of things unknown, but longed for still,

and his tune is heard on the distant hill,

for the caged bird sings of freedom.”

Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I just recently read about a young lady who was born into a religious and abusive family. She finally realized that she no longer had to be in this relationship and is now free from physical and psychological abuse. I’m sure there is a very long story that goes along with that. But, I know how hard it must have been to get away from something that you’ve been indoctrinated into since birth. This person did not have a choice in her religion. Most of us don’t. I am so sorry that you went through this and I know that there is a wonderful world out there without religion.

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Weird Bible Verse #5: 200 Tips On How To…

David killed and brought

Two hundred bloody foreskins

For King Saul’s daughter

…therefore David arose and went, he and his men, and killed two hundred men of the Philistines. And David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full count to the king, that he might become the king’s son-in-law. Then Saul gave him Michal his daughter as a wife.

1 Samuel 18:27 NKJV

Here’s a really weird story and the really weird thing is that some Bible versions, such as the NRSV, say 100 foreskins. But, that’s just part of sifting your way through a confusing Bible. This happened after David killed Goliath so killing 200 Philistines was a piece of cake. Quick joke for you! What did King Saul do with all those foreskins? He had them made into a wallet so that when he rubbed it vigorously, it turned into a suitcase! Get it? Kind of a dual-function thing. I know, not that funny! Ha!

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Christianity’s Confused and Curious Cats

Bible confusion

You might as well speak in tongues

My cat got my tongue

“It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.”

Mark Twain

Ever wonder why there are so many Christian Apologists? Or so many Christian Denominations? Or so many versions of the Christian Bible? Or so many debates on Christian Doctrine amongst the Christians? Me either!

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