Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction…
I know nothing broader than Christianity; not one of the ideas of which it has taken hold that it has not enlarged in infinite proportions. Take the ideas of God, humanity, and destiny of man. Yet it is accused of narrowness. The cause not in any weakness, but in the gospel itself. It is narrow —
I. Because it is the way of TRUTH. It can tolerate no other way. Truth alone is good. In science men prefer it: why not in religion? Because morally inconvenient.
II. Because it is the way of HOLINESS. Each would like to retain his favourite inclination. It will not let our vices pass.
III. Because it is the way of HUMILITY. It is closed even to virtuous pride, to fancied merits.
IV. Because it is the way of LOVE. The Divine love is narrow in that it rejects all that is contrary to it. Your love is narrow, and seeks the welfare of its object. But none can reject the privations of this narrow way.
(E. Bersier, D. D.)
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