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We need to be careful not to destroy the hope (a theological virtue) of anyone by browbeating them with the horrors of hell, rather than incline them to love of God and virtuous living. Does fear have the impetus for goodness? Never!
The gospel (GOOD NEWS!) was not brought to the multitudes by the apostles and missionary saints by such a method, and it should not be something we should embrace either.
The concept of only 5 out of 30,000 being saved that is promoted in some of these threads, is certainly not going to move anyone to faith, and may destroy the bruised reed and snuff out the flickering flame altogether. If ever the devil had an open door, he will succeed in removing all hope of heaven from their minds.
I saw on EWTN this week a brief clip noting that the Divine Mercy sisters spend 24-hour adoration praying for the dying. Each Hail Mary we pray also asks Mary to pray for us [plural] "sinners" at the hour of our death. We never know the vast effect of such prayers, even though, as St. Faustina wrote, there is no outward evidence in these sous when they pass.
Beautiful post. While none of us know the number, I think we can know that in trying to speculate the number of the saved, we could scare away a well meaning soul seeking the truth. God has his plan and it is our job to follow it so we can be counted among the saved. The number could be few, it could be many, but we have to work out our own salvation before we contemplate the number of others.