Does Scripture Say Not All Will Be Saved ?

Universalists believe all people will be saved. They often complain against the contrary teaching that people go to Hell by posing questions such as:

“Do you really believe that God is going to lose most of mankind in Hell and that only a few are going to be saved?”

“If most go to Hell, doesn’t that mean that Satan wins since God only gets a few compared to the majority who are lost?”

Of course, these kinds of questions are the wrong ones to ask. What they are doing is using emotionalism to sway someone’s beliefs.

What they should be asking are questions like these:

“What does the Bible teach about eternal damnation?”

“Does the Bible tell us if more will be lost or saved?”

“Does The Bible tell us that all will be saved?”

The means to good Biblical theology is to examine the whole of Scriptures without bias so that proper and correct doctrines can be determined. Not just picking out The Scriptures that make you feel good and justify the Jesus you have created in your mind. Instead, we must examine and study what the entire Scriptures say about God The Father, The Son, and Holy Spirit. God cannot lie and He does not change to suit your beliefs. He is who He says He is, and He will do what He says He will do, according to The Holy Scriptures. God does not change in alignment to your feelings and emotions. God does not change.

Psalm 119:89 NKJV
Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.

Of course, no one is without bias, we would all like to create a God of our own choosing, in our minds, so we may justify our sins, make excuses, and live however we want to and still get into heaven. Chapter and verse please?

But, that does not mean that we should give up trying to be objective and ask questions. How else would we know ? We know by what God tells us in His Word.

Psalm 119:160 NKJV
The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.

John 17:17 NKJV
Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

We must endeavor to let God’s Word lead us rather than our emotionalism and personal preferences. The Word of God must make the decisions for us, especially about doctrine.

What matters is what God has revealed in His Word. So, are there Scriptures in the Bible that plainly state that not all are saved? Yes, there are.

“Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. 14″For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it,” (Matt. 7:13-14).

“For many are called, but few are chosen,” (Matt. 22:14).

“And He was passing through from one city and village to another, teaching, and proceeding on His way to Jerusalem. 23 And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them, 24″Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25″Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ 26″Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets’; 27and He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you are from; depart from Me, all you evildoers,'” (Luke 13:22-27).

“And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that will be saved; 28for the Lord will execute His word upon the earth, thoroughly and quickly,” (Rom. 9:27, 28).

These verses are plain and clear. Not all are saved. In fact, few are. Whether or not we think this makes God a failure or that it makes us sad, or upsets us, isn’t really that important.

If the Bible says it, that is what matters, not our opinions. What is left is to make adjustments in our understanding and feelings in order to bring our thinking more in line with what God has stated.

After all, we do not know the mind of God. His ways are higher than our ways. I prefer to accept what The Bible says than feel my way through theology.

Ezekiel 18:20-32 NKJV
The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. [21] “But if a wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed, keeps all My statutes, and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. [22] None of the transgressions which he has committed shall be remembered against him; because of the righteousness which he has done, he shall live. [23] Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” says the Lord GOD, “and not that he should turn from his ways and live? [24] “But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? All the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; because of the unfaithfulness of which he is guilty and the sin which he has committed, because of them he shall die. [25] “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ Hear now, O house of Israel, is it not My way which is fair, and your ways which are not fair? [26] When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity, and dies in it, it is because of the iniquity which he has done that he dies. [27] Again, when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness which he committed, and does what is lawful and right, he preserves himself alive. [28] Because he considers and turns away from all the transgressions which he committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. [29] Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ O house of Israel, is it not My ways which are fair, and your ways which are not fair? [30] “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,” says the Lord GOD. “Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. [31] Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? [32] For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord GOD. “Therefore turn and live!”


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