Monday, 14 May 2012
The odds of salvation
So let's assume the Bible is correct, and only 144,000 people will be saved. The rest, clearly, must be damned. How many people are alive today, and how many have ever lived? Add the numbers together, and conservatively I'd say we're looking at ooh I don't know—twenty billion. Probably more. So if the world ended tomorrow, 144,000 out of 20,000,000,000 would be saved. That gives any one individual a 0.00000072 chance of being saved. That’s (rounding up) about a millionth of a percent chance. I don’t like those odds. More, we can say that these odds are so monumentally stacked against any given individual that you, whoever you are, however virtuous you think your life or however earnest your repentance ... you will not be saved. Statistics say so.