The narrow path is not following all the rules, it is trusting Yahweh more than trusting yourself. Equating Christianity to living the harder life of following all Gods laws (morality) is actually trusting one’s interpretation rather than Jesus’s actual teaching.
We are told that, in response to this promise, Abraham “believed the LORD” (Genesis 15: 6)—which is the first place in the Bible where believing comes up. Believe in the original Hebrew of this story is ‘aman (ah-MAHN), which has made its way into English, and we all know it as amen—only, it’s not a social cue that we’re done praying, and it’s okay to open our eyes and dig in. Amen as the final word of a prayer is a declaration of trust: “We’re done talking now, Lord. We’ve said our peace and put this matter into your hands. Now we trust you with it.”
When people say piously, “Thy kingdom come” out of one side of their mouth, they need also to say, “My kingdom go!” out of the other side. The kingdom of God supersedes and far surpasses all kingdoms of self and society or personal reward.
The celebration of Christmas is not a sentimental waiting for a baby to be born, but much more an asking for history to be born! (see Romans 8: 20–23).
In his book Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know —and Doesn’t (HarperCollins, 2007), Stephen Prothero (chair of the religion department of Boston University) wrote that religious faith in America “is almost entirely devoid of content.”
Having to argue with each other is the price we pay for freedom.
However, I’ve seen and experienced enough to appreciate that the only true morality is morality that is an expression of compassion and humanity. Merely following a list of external rules is a cheap approximation of morality. It’s what one falls back on when compassion and humanity are lacking.