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Jack wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Do the words of Christ where He said:

      "Wide is the road that leads to destruction and narrow the gate that leads to eternal life." Matthew 7:13-14

    mean that most people are not saved and are dammed to eternal life in Hell?
  • If so, this would mean that most people die with unrepentant mortal sin on their soul, would it not?

It is very disheartening to think that most people will not be saved.


  { Does the interpretation of Matthew 7:13-14 mean most people will not be saved? }

Mary Ann replied:

Hi, Jack —

No. It means that the road to Hell is easy, but the road to Heaven is difficult. The first road is wide enough to contain anything you might want to do or have, and you can follow the crowd instead of your conscience, but to travel on the second road you have to travel light and take personal responsibility for your moral decisions.

Mary Ann

Jack replied:

Thank you Mary Ann.

On another Catholic site, the catechist interpreted those words to mean that most people would not be saved because they would take the wide road that would ultimately lead to Hell.


Mary Ann replied:


I think that position is prejudicial and presumptuous. It prejudges God's mercy and presumes to know the proportion of the saved. It also equates "road to" with destination. It can be said that we were all, at one time, on the road to Hell, and that at any given time most of us humans are, but that is a completely different thing from saying we have arrived at that destination.

Sometimes the Biblical literacy of some Catholic "experts" amazes me.

Mary Ann

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