“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Matthew 7:13-14
Given its eternal consequences, understanding what salvation means is absolutely crucial.
Jesus said that those who will be saved are few. Why? Because true salvation means walking a difficult path that few are willing to take.
What are the narrow door and hard way, and the wide gate and easy way?
Many nominal or liberal Christians say that they believe in Jesus, but reject the Old Testament, saying it is not inspired by God. Or non-Christians say they like Jesus, but they can’t be a Christian because of the OT. In their view, the God of the Old Testament is intolerable. He judges people, throws down nations, sends his people to war, and makes laws that seem barbaric. He can’t be the same God as loving, peaceful, forgiving Jesus.
There’s a particular view of Jesus I’ve noticed which is prevalent among non-Christians, but is held by nominal or liberal Christians as well.
In this view, Jesus is a sort of all-loving, all-accepting, nice guy who came to earth to be everyone’s buddy. He doesn’t challenge anyone’s sin, except for the uptight religious guys whom nobody likes anyway. He won’t tell you anything except that God loves and accepts you, whoever you are.