Are Christians Narrow-Minded?

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Some people assert that Christians are being narrow-minded in claiming Jesus is the only way. We can respond to this assertion in several ways. But I always like to ask, is being narrow always bad?

Many things in life are narrow that are not bad. For example, when I fly to Kathmandu, I want the pilot not only to land in Kathmandu but on the right runway. I want my wife to remain faithful to her one and only husband (me) her entire life. Sometimes only one road leads out of the forest, only one operation can save your life, or only one antidote works against a poison. These things are all narrow, but they are good!

God’s way of salvation is narrow (by faith in Christ alone), but God’s heart is infinitely wide. That is, God is full of love for all people—men and women, rich and poor, fat and thin, kings and peasants, the social elite and social outcasts (see Ezekiel 18:23; Isaiah 45:22; 1 Timothy 2:3-4). He offers the same gift to everyone—a singular gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself wants all people to receive this wonderful gift (see Matthew 28:19; John 3:17), as did the apostles (Acts 26:28-29; Romans 1:16).

# Never shy away from sharing this narrow gift with the people you meet!

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