Why Am I Narrow Minded?
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. – Matthew 7:13-14.
I’ve been called many things, a religious bigot among those things. It dawned on me when someone questioned my views as being ‘narrow-minded’ for basing my beliefs on something that’s “2,000 years old” (though it’s actually older 😉 ) that even Y’Shua (Jesus) calls for us to be narrow-minded. The easy road is following the tide, acceptance, tolerance. The narrow path is hard, often lonely, and full of people hating you.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. – Proverb 14:12
Throughout the Tanakh (Torah, Prophets & Writings), we are given over 613 mitzvot (commandments). While in the (nothing) “New” Testament there’s 1050 commandments. Doing what you think is right often leads us to fall away from what is described as right…or righteous as described in the Word. It’s a pretty narrow set of instructions (Torah) [Note: Torah is not “law”, rather it is correctly translated “instructions”].
At this point, I’ve come to embrace being narrow-minded.
YHVH is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me? YHVH is for me among those who help me; Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in YHVH than to trust in man. Psalm 118:6-8