Yeshua/Jesus says that there are two roads: a broad way that leads to destruction and a narrow way that leads toward life. While many of us may desire the way that leads toward life, he said, “few there be that find it”.
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 KJV)
The road we’re on, while we hope is the strait and narrow one, periodically presents us with choices to make concerning our next steps.
In a case like this the road splits into two roads, where both are well traveled, and we have to choose to take one or the other.
But oftentimes there are small divergent paths off these main roads we’re on, and they can go unnoticed, primarily due to our being swept up with the mainstream, we don’t bother looking for alternate routes.
When one of those small divergent paths grabs our attention, like when we come across something in the Bible that begs us to question, we are tempted to explore it further.
I call the recognition of one of these divergent paths, The Fork in the Road. To the traveler who isn’t paying much attention to their surroundings, these forks may appear to be a distraction, but for many of us they are significant.
My Most Significant Forks to Date
There are many divergent paths from the main thoroughfare that I have taken over the years.
These are the most significant forks that I have personally come across thus far, followed by the questions I found myself asking.
What does it mean for us to be holy?
Why are we told to only obey some of the Old Testament law, but not all of it? What about the 4th Commandment regarding keeping the 7th day, the Sabbath day, holy, and the Dietary Law that forbids the consumption of certain kinds of meat, such as pig’s meat and shellfish?
The Sabbath Day and the Feasts of the LORD
What does it look like to keep the Sabbath Day and the Feasts of the LORD?
The Calendar: Elements of Time
How do I determine the start of days, weeks, months and years?
The Nature of God
Does the Bible really speak of God in three persons (a.k.a. the trinity doctrine)?
The Nature of Jesus/Yeshua
Was Jesus really born of a virgin without the help of a man (a.k.a. the virgin birth doctrine)?
The Heavens with the Sun, Moon and Stars
Are we really spinning on an axis, and whirling through the heavens around the sun?
The Earth vs. The Land and Seas
Are we really living on a globe or is the earth flat?
The Purpose of Mankind
What is the created purpose of mankind at large?
The Purpose of the Messiah/Christ
What is the purpose of the Messiah?
The Temple in Jerusalem
Is building a third temple a good thing? Why were the first two destroyed?
The Sacrificial System
What was the purpose of the animal sacrifices? Did something change: when and why?
The Consumption of Meat
If mankind was created from the beginning with the intention of specifically eating from the plants and trees, should we be eating the meat of animals? What was the purpose for distinguishing between clean and unclean meat?
So which direction did I take at each fork, and what was the overall path? I’ll give you a hint: it was a road less traveled in every case. 😉
Please share in the comments below about a fork in the road you’ve experienced or are experiencing now.