Second, we have been trained to read Heaven and Hell/Saved and Unsaved into everything. It’s how we view the world and of course the scriptures. Here is how we read passages such as Matthew 7:13-14. “Enter through the narrow gate (metaphor). For wide is the gate (metaphor) and broad is the road (metaphor) that leads to destruction (Hell), and many enter through it (non-believers). But small is the gate (metaphor) and narrow the road (metaphor) that leads to life (heaven), and only a few (whatever particular denomination you are a part of) find it.
But what if Jesus actually did come to give us life (here and now) and life more abundant? What if He did actually come to show us a better way to live? If we believed this then maybe we could see Matthew 7 as more of a warning about the way we choose to live our lives. Could Jesus be saying that the Way He is showing us to live is the very best way to live, but it is very hard and only a few will actually choose to live it out? Could he be suggesting that living sacrificially and loving our enemies is hard and very unpopular and may even get you killed, but it is the best way to live?
Could Jesus be suggesting that sometimes we are all goats (Matthew 25) and are in danger of eternal fire (metaphor) when we do not provide for the “least of these” instead of “right believers” are sheep and “unbelievers are goats”?
Do we believe that Jesus came to give us a life to the full? Or is Jesus merely our rapture ticket out of this world and into heaven?
(To be continued…)