For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.
“There are two ways, one of life and one of death; but a great difference between the two ways” (Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 7, Chapter 1).
God’s Word reveals a “black and white” world. In other words, there are only two ways of living in this world. That’s it. No more, no less.
That is not popular in today’s world. At all! In fact, to speak of just two ways can lead to trouble, persecution, and worse!
Still, there is evidence all around us of this two-fold division in the world.
Left or right.
Up or down.
Forward or backward.
Life or death.
The Path of Life
God is the God of life and wants all people to live. He created life – see Genesis chapters one and two. His very breath is life.
God is the God of the living, as Jesus said in Luke 20:38, “Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.”
God created us to live. He wants us to live. In fact, he wants us to live for him. He gives us the power to do just that by his Holy Spirit.
That is the path of life.
The Path of Death
But when Adam and Eve gave in to the temptation of the devil in the Garden of Eden, they put humanity on a different path. The path that leads to death.
God made it clear that he wanted his people to walk the path of life, but that there was also another path.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:15-17)
They were warned, but they chose the path of death instead of staying on the path of life.
The Tempting Path
Why did Adam and Eve put us all on the path of death? Maybe it was because it was enticing. Or, at least it was made to look enticing to them.
They would know what God knows, tempted Satan. They would be like God, knowing good and evil (again the only two ways).
From our perspective, we practically scream at them to not do it! But our hindsight was not available to them.
Getting Back to the Right Path
We see – and feel – the results of the path of death every day.
Our hatred towards each other. The diseases that infect us. Misery fills our ice-cold streets and our ice-cold hearts.
We want to believe that people are basically decent – but we read about the exceptions in the papers every single day.
How do we get off this way of death and back on to the path of life?
Enter Jesus! He came to get us back on track. Jesus walked the path of death to defeat death on the cross.
He gives us his life and puts us on the path that will, ultimately, lead us to walk the streets of gold in heaven!
Christianity Too Narrow? Yes!
The Christian faith is the only religion that teaches us this path of life. I don’t say that to be exclusive or narrow-minded. I say this because this is what Jesus said!
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)
You are the few. And you are given this mission: tell others where this path is found – in Jesus Christ alone!
The people on the path to death need not search far and wide for the way of life. God makes it clear that it is found in Christ alone.
Almighty God, please have mercy on all those who are on the path to death. Send your Holy Spirit, working through the mission of the Church, to call them to the path to life and to eternal life in heaven. In Jesus’ name. Amen. © 2019 True Men Ministries