You say you are self-deceived …. and so you are!
You say you are in danger … and so you are!
You say you are missing the point … and so you are!
If by these things you mean in the material world, well then yes this is true more or less for all of us …
But you quote Jesus saying that few find the gate to life. If you are implying this in the literal, material sense, then this is obviously false since everyone alive is already there, and doesn’t need a gate to find it. But instead, this is a spiritual, metaphorical saying, which has multiple meanings.
In one sense, by this He is making allusion to the divine infinite eternal unity present within all of existence. This singular “I AM” reverberating throughout all of the cosmos, within every atom, within every galaxy, within every heart, is the foundation and center of it all, and is the gateway through which one is able to arrive at a faint glimmer of an idea of God, Who is totally and completely beyond any conception.
But this is still a literal meaning, though a universal one, that anyone who reflects at all upon material reality easily discovers.
There is another metaphorical meaning that is the one more intended. He is primarily referring to Himself, to His Forerunners and to His Returns. The Prophet is the Gate to Life in as much as They open a passage way least seen and understood by the people of Their day. They bring a Medicine most needed and least wished-for. They bring a Truth most just and least appreciated, except by those who are favored by God. In this way, They are a Gate that few find, since few truly look.
Since you are speaking of a spiritual reality, your claim to be self-deceived, missing the point, and in danger are also spiritual realities. In this light, your basic inner self-identity is one of self-deceit and danger. Your core idea of your own self identity is one of “missing the point,” in other words, missing your own self. If you can’t trust your self within your self, how can anyone else trust you? If you are in danger within your self, how can anyone else feel safe with you? If you are missing the point of your own self, how can anyone else find and know you?
77 Jesus said, “I am the light that is over all things. I am all: from me all came forth, and to me all attained. Split a piece of wood; I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there.”
50 Jesus said, “If they say to you, ‘Where have you come from?’ say to them, ‘We have come from the light, from the place where the light came into being by itself, established [itself], and appeared in their image.’ If they say to you, ‘Is it you?’ say, ‘We are its children, and we are the chosen of the living Father.’ If they ask you, ‘What is the evidence of your Father in you?’ say to them, ‘It is motion and rest.'”
My purpose in writing what I did was as an exploration of the unity that can be realized in the experience of “I am-ness” or “is-ness.” In as much as we all have this experience of “I am-ness” it can be a potent unifier, especially when we recognize this as a base level commonality between us. The experience of self existence itself is a great source of unity which crosses boundaries of religion, race, gender, nationality, age, wealth, experience, etc. It’s a universal. It’s the foundation upon which Jesus’ message of loving your neighbor as your self is based. Without this experience, the idea of God’s I Am-ness is quite impossible to comprehend.
3 Jesus said, “If your leaders say to you, ‘Look, the (Father’s) imperial rule is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the (Father’s) imperial rule is inside you and outside you. When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty.”
Jesus quotes are from:http://www.pbs.org/…/religion/maps/primary/gthomas.html