The Narrow Way And A Great Multitude

The Narrow Way

I am reading The Book of Romans in The Bible and it had me think of the narrow way. Why? I don’t know. The mind is a terrible thing to waste and sometimes I let it run without conditions. The writer of the book referenced some Old Testament verses.  This got me to thinking.

I started to think about what I have read before and how there can be no contradictions in it.So I had to be able to make sense of some verses.  I like search engines because I could never find these verses on my own.  This is the “love me with all your mind part”.  I am an engineer and I like to play with numbers and do calculations.  But, I am jumping ahead of myself.  The verse was Romans 9:6-8 ESV

6But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring.”

This led me to Genesis 22:17 ESV

“I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies,”

Which got me to thinking about a great multitude in Revelation 7:9

“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,”

and then

Matthew 7:14

“For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”

So I ask that most people are going to hell and only a few are going to heaven?  Let’s follow my logic below to tie it all together

Grains of Sand and Stars

How many grains of sand are there?

I used two secular sources for the answer SkyandTelescope.com and mathdude.  The estimates are 5.6 x 1021 grains of sand or 75 follow by 20 zeroes. I don;t know what you call that number.  I call it huge

How many stars are there in the sky?  7 x  1022 estimated stars in the sky.  We can only see a few thousand with the naked eye.

Anyway there are a lot of stars in the sky and there is a lot of sand on the Earth.

Then I thought well we die before we go to heaven. All but a couple of people in The Bible died before going to heaven. How many people die each year and it comes out to around 56 million people a year.

Let’s say we have 10,000 years of people on Earth.  We take that number and multiply by the number of people who die each year equals 560,000,000,000. I know that there were not 56 million people who died when Adam and Eve were walking the face of the Earth and some Biblical scholars think Adam and Eve go back about 6000 years.

Out of those 560 billion people not everyone is going to heaven.  So how do we get to a great multitude of people in heaven?

I know that the verse is probably figurative about grains of sands on the beach and a great multitude that could not be counted. But just maybe it is closer to the truth then we think. It is something to think about and to ask God for wisdom.  I also say this to confront religious beliefs without basis.

Then the narrow way is it talking about getting to heaven.  Everything before that in the 7th chapter talks about how to treat others and how God will treat you – how God is a generous father.

What does “leads to life” mean here?  The word for life in Hebrew is zoe which can mean life here and now or life after resurrection. It can mean a life active and vigorous, devoted to God and blessed in this world.  I am thinking the life here is the life more abundant that is promised to us.