Our Lord said, in the Gospel according to St Matthew 22:14, 'For many are called, but few are chosen'. Mundabor has a excellent reflection on the revolt against God.
From Mundabor's Blog
I grew up in a Country whose sensus catholicus led most people to believe that, certainly after a due sojourn in Purgatory, an awful lot of people are saved in the end. This may sound strange to ears raised in Protestant Countries, but it actually seems perfectly orthodox to this little intelligence. It was also a Country in which strong hyperbole was an ok form of communication. The faithful reading the saint’s thundering about hell took the threat as an encouragement, and expected it as a rhetorical instrument and teaching device.