Christians often get labeled as “narrow-minded,” simply because we say that Jesus is the only way to God. I often use the illustration of a funnel. On one end of the funnel, you have a narrow opening; however, on the other end, you have an extremely wide opening. Whether or not the funnel is restrictive, comes down to how you look at the funnel. Certainly, if using it correctly, you place the wide-open end up, so that everything you are pouring makes it to the appropriate destination (regardless of what is being poured through it). I think too many people view Christianity upside down. Let’s look at several verses:
Matthew 7:13-14 (CSB) tells us the gate/road that leads to eternal life is narrow, and most don’t choose it (Christ).
However, only a few verses prior, Jesus says:
Matthew 7:7–8 (CSB)
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Paul reminds us in his letter to the church at Rome:
Romans 10:13 (CSB)
13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
You see, like a funnel, Christianity – the gospel of Jesus – is open to everyone! Regardless of age, color, ability, nationality, or even “goodness.” No one deserves the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ; however, it is available to everyone! All you have to do is receive the gift that God has for you. Yes, there is only one way to eternal life, but that way is free and open to everyone – does this sound close-minded?
If we look back to the gate illustration (Jesus spoke of), would you rather have a huge gate that is only opened to some, or a narrow gate that anyone can have a key? If you desire that all would come in, you would prefer a narrow, but open gate as opposed to a wide, but locked gate.
Friend, to receive a key to the gate of eternal life, all you have to do is ask Jesus to be your Savior.