It should be noted that there are only two ways and two gates. The understanding conveyed in the text is that everybody will choose one of those ways as the direction his life will take, and the ultimate destination of his life will be through one of those gates. The gate through which a person will ultimately pass at the end of his life is fixed by his own choice of which way he takes in life. The narrow way leads to the narrow gate through which is eternal life- Heaven! The broad way leads to the wide gate beyond which is eternal destruction- Hell!
If Heaven is at the end of the narrow way, on the other side of the narrow gate, why would anyone choose any other way to travel through life? Perhaps because of what is conveyed in some of those other translations. Some people see it as a way that is “difficult,” and “hard.” But, really, the meaning of the text does not imply that traveling the narrow way through life is arduous or grueling. It is simply the way of truth, and living by truth requires consistent commitment.
Going down the broad way, on the other hand, requires no commitment at all. It is truly the path of least resistance. The way of truth is straight, narrow, direct, perhaps more a path than a road. On the broad way there are no restrictions, anything goes. It’s not just a road, it’s a superhighway. A great many people like having no hard and fast rules, being able to do anything they want at any time. They take pleasure in the idea of not having to exercise any more self discipline than strikes their fancy at any given moment.
But a careless, frivolous lifestyle, from a general perspective, is self-destructive. There are standards in life that have to be met, rules that have to be followed in order for one’s life to be productive and fulfilling. That principle is all the more true on the spiritual side of life. The narrow way, the pathway of truth, leads to all of the blessings and joys and enrichment of eternity in Heaven. The broad way leads to absolute, total, everlasting destruction. The broad way is truly a Highway To Hell!