It seems logical that if ninety-percent of the population believes in something it should be right. While logic will be effective if you follow Mr. Spock it does not work well in every situation of life. If you smell smoke and everyone is running the other way it would seem wise to go with them. However, the majority view of people does not always suggest appropriate answers to life’s delicate questions and needs. This is especially true when man seeks to find answers about his relationship with his Creator. There is a tendency for man to equate truth with what a majority of views hold to be true. How can so many people be wrong?
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Jesus addressed this question in Matthew 7:13-14: "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” The way of salvation is a narrow path that is not easily taken.
In a world of the “easy button” people find it hard to accept service to Christ on any level that requires diligence or difficulty. This does not suggest that life as a child of God is drudgery; it is the complete opposite. The challenge of living for Christ is that effort must be put forth daily to measure ones steps in accordance with the divine will of the Father. Rowing up river is not as easy as going with the flow of the river downstream. The view of the majority is an easy way to live but the end result is death.
Why are the people of God in the minority? Few are willing to live for God. Fewer still are willing to give up their lives to serve Jesus Christ. The majority of people desire the darkness rather than the light (John 3:19-21). It is not a badge of nobility to be in the minority but a reality of how the world turns against the truth of God. Only eight were saved in the flood (1 Peter 3:20). A “remnant” returned to Jerusalem in the days of Ezra (9:8). Those who are saved are “few” (Matthew 7:14).
When you walk the way of life, is it the easy way of the majority or the difficult way of the few? Paul wrote, “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12). The desire to live a godly life will put you at odds against the world; as if you were swimming upstream against the whole world. Through the power of God, victory can be achieved. Jesus challenged those who would follow Him: "If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:26).
To which group do you view yourself a member of, the majority or the minority?