Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew, 7: 13-14)
My take on this is that Jesus was saying that wide is the door through which many pass to essentially waste their lives, because the passions of the human nature are great and numerous, and the vast majority of humanity follows this broad and selfish way. The way of salvation (of being made whole) is narrow, because on this path one is obliged to exert great control over the self-life in order to dominate its evil tendencies. Unfortunately, very few people today are fully resigned to this way – hence the biblical phrase, “Many are called, but few are chosen.”
I believe that Jesus’ words about this should be understood in a relative manner and not as an absolute, though, i.e; following the wide and destructive path is NOT to be the permanent state of humanity, but temporal, until the time of a great shift when the pathway to goodness will be the way that is most frequently followed by men.
Let’s face it; this world is (and has been) a pretty rough place, and if every soul who has ever lived on this planet had no other material existences, then why would God allow for such a difficult and relatively unhappy state of affairs in the past, present and near future of this planet, and why should there be so many obstacles placed before each person, and why is the gateway so narrow as to allow only a few to enter if the destiny of each soul is somehow permanently determined immediately after his or her death?
Well, it seems to me that with only one physical existence, man would always be at odds with himself and with God’s justice, for it is quite obvious that in a single lifetime all men are not given the same opportunities as all human experiences are vastly different, but with knowledge of the pre-existence of spirits and of the plurality of worlds (and dimensions) in which spirit-beings are ever progressing and being conformed experientially into the likeness and image of God, the horizon of truth spreads out beautifully, the Father’s multidimensional House is illuminated, the present and the future can be seen linked to the past, and it is possible to understand the depth, truth and wisdom of the above mentioned words of Jesus.
Beloved, all that exists in this material world is but a shadow and a semblance of the real – a temporal proving ground for spirits given to them to test and try-out their free-will through material expression and the influences of good and evil. When the fulness of time comes though, this world will no longer be a shadow of reality, but substance, it too matured and grown into its expression of the kingdom of God and His Christ, the new heavens and the new earth, one united home. There shall be no parting then – no separation nor death, since the former things shall be passed away, and man and God will be one.