I stated to a Calvinist that per the doctrine of election, it was a small percentage of people that God saves. The next thing I heard, “Prove it.”
I pulled out my cell phone and quickly Googled the world’s population and the total number of Evangelical Christians. At least, they’re the ones promoting the doctrines of grace. So, according to Wikipedia, there are ~660M Evangelical Christians out of a total world population of ~7,875M. I then explained that I thought it reasonable that only half of the 660M Evangelical Christians are actually born-again believers. My Calvinist friend said nothing. As such, I divided the total number of Evangelical Christians in half and then divided that number by the world population.
The formula used: (660M ÷ 2 ÷ 7875M).
This means that the total number of elect persons in the world only constitutes ~4.2% of people in the world. Seen from the other-way-around, God chooses not to save nearly 96% of his creation.
I exclaimed, “Isn’t this a rather puny number? God, per his simple decision could choose to save a lot more. That such a small a percentage of people are ‘elected’ seems indicative of God being arbitrary, capricious and stingy with his love and grace.” My Calvinist friend could only muster a simple “Hmph.”