God’s Exit Poll?

The UK general election is over with some unexpected results.

One of the interesting aspects was the accuracy of the exit polls. These are projections based on polls taken as people leave after voting. They went against previous predictions of a hung parliament. What has been remarkable is how close the exit polls reflected the final outcome.

Religious leaders through the ages have taken their own exit polls when it comes to salvation. In other words, how may people will be saved following death? Typically most of them have been negative: only a select few will make it. Their bleak predictions have been very discouraging. Even some of the well known names in Christian history, like John Calvin, have suggested that most will not get into heaven.

I think God’s future will defy all such predictions. The biblical writer, Paul, wrote to church leader Timothy about how God thinks. Paul explained that Christians should prayerfully support all those in government everywhere, and then he went on to say something about God’s desire for all of us as we exit this life. He wrote, “it is pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all people to be saved” (1 Timothy 2:3-4 ESV UK). God’s view is optimistic. It’s generous in its expectation of grace.

When it comes to salvation, expect the unexpected.

More will be saved than we think.

By James Henderson, from Because:


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