How many people will be saved? No one likes to think about being lost. Most of us want to believe that we and all our friends will be saved. Some people believe that everyone will be saved. Others think that the majority will be saved, so they just go along with the crowd in spiritual matters. As long as everybody’s doing a thing it must be all right, because “surely all these people can’t be wrong!” But what does God say? Will all people, or most people, be saved?
Think about some Old Testament examples. Genesis chapters 6-8 tell about the flood God brought upon the earth in the time of Noah. Men became so wicked that God destroyed the whole human race. Out of all the thousands of people on earth, only a total of eight were spared.
Years later, the nation of Israel became God’s chosen people. He freed them from slavery in Egypt and led them to Canaan, the promised land. When they arrived, they disobeyed God and refused to enter because they feared the inhabitants. As a punishment, God made them wander in the wilderness till all the adults died. Out of a total of over six hundred thousand men, only two survived to enter the promised land. (Numbers 2:32; chapters 13 and 14)
But what about today? Are the majority of people pleasing to God now? Jesus answered this question in Matthew 7:13,14: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” All people are one or the other of two roads. Jesus says plainly that many people are on the road to destruction, but only a few on the road to eternal life.
In spite of this, you can be one of God’s people. You can know and follow the way of salvation. To learn more about receiving forgiveness of sins, please read our free article at
(c) Copyright David E. Pratte, 2017
To study more articles like this (syndicated for reproduction) visit our Bible study topics web site. This article is freely available to be reproduced in print or on a web site under the following conditions: (1) The article must be reproduced verbatim in total without any change in content, (2) the name of the author and web site addresses must be included (David E. Pratte, www.gospelway.com), (3) the use must be entirely non-commercial with no fee or financial charge of any kind to the readers. Click here for more information about our copyright guidelines.
Free audio Bible
Scripture quotations are generally from the New King James Version (NKJV), copyright 1982, 1988 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. used by permission. All rights reserved.