The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.
My understanding is that many of the edicts and proscriptions found in the scriptures were set up that way by leaders of the church to help their
followers find a narrow path and to keep them in order.
Thus they had a lot of rules and regulations and guidelines which are really not important beyond their milieu. (IOW, their tribes)
In the New Testament, Jesus says essentially, forget all those things, have faith, accept the Son of God and the Son of Man as your savior and you'll
be forgiven of your sins and got into 'heaven'.
Now if you look at the specifics of this, it also contains a loophole or a problem.
One could live a perfect life, be kind and gentle to all, never harm a living thing and be charitable and follow all the commandments. BUT if you
don't become 'saved' you will go burn in Hell.
Likewise, if you live a horrible life and kill, steal, and break all the commandments then at the last minute repent and get saved, you will go to
Similarly, a baby which has not been baptized will not go to heaven, being considered tainted by Original Sin.
So in the end you could have a 'Heaven' filled with (former) Murderers and Rapists and Thieves and Degenerates and a 'Hell' filled with babies and
Also consider how many believers/Church goers are/act.
On the surface they act pious, obey the laws and talk the talk. But when they leave Church they go home and for six days they are abusive, beat their
children and spouses, be vengeful and mean and gossip about their neighbor and exhibit just about the worst aspects of human behavior.
One friend who was beaten unmercifully as a child said to me: "Well my parents go to church and are Sunday School teachers and Deacons and pay their
tithes but when they leave they came home and fought with each other and took it out on their poor defenseless children, beating them with belts and
wooden implements and coat hangers. They were essential serial child abusers but in those days corporal punishment was considered 'the right
Now, my friend said I may not be perfect but at least I never ritualistically and serially committed assault and battery on a defenseless child for a
half a dozen years.
So yes there are rules and only a tiny minority may be able to follow them. If the gate is very narrow then that's just the way it is. Essentially,
it appears, the Supreme Being created a lot of imperfect people or created a lot of people with built-in imperfections. Hard to know which. Of course
another way to look at it is the SB created humans with free will and it's always been up to them, but it's also up to them to discover, learn and
follow a lot of hard to remember guidelines, so one might think there's a lot of luck involved.
As an ATS Staff Member, I will not moderate in threads such as this where I have participated as a member.