I have been on the record, in the past, as saying that it doesn’t matter if everybody will eventually go to Heaven or not. We should be trying to bring people to Christ no matter what anyway. Some have taken this to mean that I’m talking about something like imperfect vs. perfect contrition – saying we should convert people out of our love of Jesus only. But this isn’t actually the case.
Let me use an analogy. Let’s say there is a sign near the beach, put up some two hundred years ago by the legendary lifeguard Larry the Lobster. It says DO NOT SWIM BEHIND THE ROCKS. THE SHARKS WILL KILL YOU.
Now, you also know there’s a lifeguard there. He’s a very good lifeguard. The thing is, when somebody goes to swim behind the rocks and the lifeguard goes after them, you don’t actually see what happens. Maybe he swims every single one of those people to the island on the other side. OR maybe not. He doesn’t talk much.
I submit that this is the position we’re in. There is a big sign in front of us saying “DO NOT SWIM BEHIND THE ROCKS”. We KNOW that the sharks can kill you. We KNOW they’re there. We can see the dorsal fins. And, yeah, it’s, in theory, possible (though extremely unlikely) that the lifeguard manages to save every single person. But why on earth are would we not care if somebody swam behind the rocks when we KNEW how dangerous it was?
So it is with the Church. We know the rules. We have been told to try and bring everybody to Christ. Sure, Christ MIGHT have a plan where he can theoretically save every person. But wouldn’t it be careless, even immoral, to just be okay with everybody who defied the Church on the basis of a very unlikely theory?
That’s how I think of things anyway. Take it or leave it.