One of our Glasgow readers, George (his real name!) sent me a copy of a letter he had submitted to the Daily Mail, in response to their article Oh hell – it’s the least that we deserve, by Jonathan Brocklebank, September, 11, 2015.
The article is a commentary on a YouGov poll which “shows significantly more guilty consciences in Scotland than anywhere else in the UK, with 14 per cent admitting their sins merit damnation.” Only “10 per cent of people in the rest of the UK think Satan’s furnaces should await them in the afterlife.” [Ed: and before our English readers jump to the wrong conclusion – this has nothing to do with the independence referendum 😀 ]
I’ve been unable to find a link to the article online (not having a Facebook , Google or Twitter account) but the reader who sent me his unpublished letter also enclosed a copy of the article, so here are a few quotes from it. You can study the YouGov poll here
The YouGov survey revealed that: “…despite Scots’ dimmer view of their own moral virtue, they are less afraid of death than those in the rest of Britain. They are also less likely to believe in the afterlife…” The survey asked: ‘If there were a heaven and a hell, which would you end up in?” The article continues: “Among Scots, 48 per cent believed they would pass through the Pearly Gates – in line with the UK average. The proportion willing to admit they deserved the other place was surprisingly high – a finding which one minister said might be explained by Scots’ cultural Calvinism placing greater weight on sin.” [Ed: Well, it sure ain’t because they’re hearing thunderous sermons on Hell in Catholic parishes. ]
Below is our reader’s letter to the Daily Mail: he is disappointed it was not selected for publication, so it will be pleasing to be able to let him know that we published it here and discussed the very good points contained therein…
George’s Letter to the Daily Mail…
I found the results of the YouGov survey on “would you end up in Heaven or Hell?” fascinating and most revealing.
As it happens, I had been reading about the forthcoming centenary of the apparitions, in 1917, at Fatima where Lucy, one of the three seers, when asked this same question later in life said: “Taking into account the behaviour of mankind, only a small part of the human race will be saved.”
This seems to agree with many of the saints who answered “that most people will end up in Hell.” Indeed, Jesus Himself said in the Gospels that “few” are saved and enter by what He called “the narrow gate.”
All this runs counter to the YouGov results, e.g. 52% of Londoners believed they were “heaven bound”. As for views on “fearing death” when only 16% of those surveyed said that “death scared them” we know that St Paul said that we all should approach death and the final judgment with “fear and trembling.”
All this “doom” seems to be at loggerheads with comments from the majority of the clergy over the last half-century, saying that “most, if not all of us will go to Heaven.” Seldom a mention of Hell.
Could they be guilty of genuine heresy? Perhaps another YouGov poll is needed.