I have addressed that question in a previous post, but I want to expand just a little on it in this one.
No, I believe it is not an exact, numerical percent. Three was a powerful number in that society,
and 1/3 is the equivalent of saying "the minority" (or "a smaller part"),
while 2/3 is the equivalent of saying "the majority" (or "the larger
part"). So, I take it to mean that some people reject God, but most follow God - when faced with a choice between good and evil.
think that fits our theology very well, and it also informs how I view
the three degrees of glory. Many members assume that only a relatively few select, righteous people will inherit the Celestial Kingdom, with most ending up in the Terrestrial Kingdom and a large number being in the Telestial Kingdom (and a very small number being cast out into Outer Darkness as Sons of Perdition). I look at it quite differently. I believe the majority / the larger part / two-thirds will accept God and his plan in the end and wind up in the Celestial Kingdom, and I lean toward a very large majority as the final figure. I see our kingdom theology as symbolic of stages of progression rather than merely final, ultimate destinations - so, while I do believe that some people will not progress to the ultimate desired end, I believe God's long-suffering charity allows for a much more extended growth period than we tend to envision in the limitations of mortality.
So, in the end, like our pre-mortal experience, I believe the large majority will "keep their second estate" and have glory added forever and ever while a small minority will not.
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