I recalled a humorous poem, written anonymously, and found it on the net:
I was shocked, confused, bewildered
as I entered Heaven’s door,
Not by the beauty of it all,
by the lights or its decor.
But it was the folks in Heaven
who made me sputter and gasp-
the thieves, the liars, the sinners,
the alcoholics, the trash.
There stood the kid from seventh grade
who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor
who never said anything nice.
Herb, who I always thought
was rotting away in hell,
was sitting pretty on cloud nine,
looking incredibly well.
I nudged Jesus, 'What’s the deal?
I would love to hear Your take.
How’d all these sinners get up here?
God must’ve made a mistake.
And why is everyone so quiet, so somber, give me a clue’. ‘Hush child,’ He said. ‘They are all in shock, because no one thought they would be seeing you’.”
Why is it that most, according to Jesus, are on the broad road that leads to destruction? Do they face an angry God, ready to gladly throw them into Hell? Or a sad God, who sends them there because He has no choice, for there is no place for them in Heaven?
Someone once said, “there will be a lot of surprised faces in Hell”, and, I think, also in Heaven, as is suggested in this poem.
I think the reason that so few are saved is that the Gospel message is utter foolishness to the “secular” crowd, and a complete offense to religious people (I Corinthians). To the first group, any message about God is ridiculed because they don’t believe He even exists, so we might as well be talking about Santa Claus in their minds. Religious folks don’t doubt God exists, and work hard, but their hearts are far away from God. In other words, if we have not been offended by the gospel, we have not HEARD the gospel.