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"Enter By The Narrow Gate"

The human population of earth has now exceeded 6 billion people, over 80% of whom consider themselves religious in one manner or another. The five largest world religions are Christianity, Islam, Hindu, Buddhism and traditional Chinese.

Religions Of The World

Although "Christian" is now the largest category, vast differences in beliefs and practices among the hundreds of church organizations often make them appear more like entirely different religions than different denominations.

The largest Christian-professing church organizations in the world, with their estimated memberships, are:

Roman Catholic: 1 billion
Eastern Orthodox: 240 million
African indigenous sects: 110 million
Pentecostal: 105 million
Baptist: 80 million
Reformed/Presbyterian/Congregational/United: 75 million
Anglican: 70 million
Lutheran: 65 million
Methodist: 50 million
Jehovah's Witnesses: 14 million
Mormon: 11 million
Adventist: 11 million

What Did Jesus Christ Say About "Many Different Roads (i.e. religions) To The Same Place"?

"Jesus said to him, "I am The Way, and the Truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." (John 14:6 RSV)

"Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few." (Matthew 7:13-14 RSV)

What Did Jesus Christ Say About The Many Differing "Versions" Of Christianity?

"Not every one who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name [i.e. Christ, they claimed and believed themselves to be Christian], and cast out demons in Your Name, and do many mighty works in Your Name?' And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you evildoers.'" (Matthew 7:21-23 RSV)

Fact Finder: (a) What is a true "believer"? (b) Why is God not going to grant salvation to anyone who is not a true believer?
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