Letter: Among the few and the saved
To the Editor:
Growing up I always thought that the number represented by the term “few” was tree.
I don’t know why, it’s probably something I learned from my parents. Other folks will say two, others four or five, but the general understanding is that a “few” is not very many and is limited to a very small percentage of the total.
So for our purposes let’s use the number of what a few would be as it relates to a bag of 100 marbles, with result being a fixed percentage of the whole (i.e., 2 percent, 3 percent 4 percent, etc.).
And to verify our application and definition of a “few” let’s look at what God says about it in the scriptures. Jesus said in Matthew 7:14, “small is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there are that find it.” And in Jeremiah 3:14 the Lord describes a few potentially as small as “one from a city.”
Yep, a “few” is a very small number.
Now that we are certain of the definition, we can apply it biblically to our current world and approximate how many people will likely be saved and make it to heaven (i.e., the “few that find it”).
If we assume that 3 percent is a fair definition, then mathematically only 600 of Henderson’s 20,000 population will be saved, 9 million of the United States’ 300 million population, and 180 million of the 6 billion world population.
Now that’s scary. Just think, only one or two or a handful out of your entire church congregation, and none from entire families. Do you suppose that the apostle Paul was serious when he said in Philippians 2:12 that we were to “work out our own salvation with fear and trembling”? Naw, whoa, couldn’t be! I much prefer the pastor’s shout to the congregation: “I’m not talking about you! I know you’re all saved! I’m talking about the sinners out there!” Whew! Had me worried for a second.