Sunday, June 1, 2008

How many people will be saved?

How many people will be saved? Some scholars say that eventually everyone will be saved and reconciled to God, as God "wills all people to be saved" (1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Pet. 3:9). According to the prophet Isaiah, ony 10% of all people will be saved (Isaiah 6:13). The prophet Amos, when asked likewise, replied "a remnant" (Am 3:11-15). Jesus, when he spoke of the narrow door, said that "only a few" will find it (Mat 7:13). Now if we try asking the Fundamentalists or the Iglesia Ni Kristo, they will say "kami lang" (only us!).

But no one can really tell how many will be saved, only God knows. We can not determine how many, but we do know HOW one must be saved. Today’s Sunday Gospel tells us if one anchors his Faith on solid foundation, then it will not collapse, even if the storms come (Mat 7:21-27). St. Paul tells of former believers who “shipwrecked” their faith (1 Tim 1:18:19) - these are the people who built their Faith on sand, which Jesus talks about in today’s Gospel. He starts by saying “Not everyone who says Lord! Lord! Will enter the kingdom of heaven, but who does the will of my Father". How will our Faith not collapse? What is the ‘will of my Father’ in the simplest terms?

It is to give life-giving Love (Mk 12:29-31), (Jn 13:34).

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