Salvation

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An allegory of salvation

Salvation (Latin salvatio; Greek sōtēria; Hebrew yeshu'ah) is being saved or protected from harm or being saved or delivered from some dire situation.

Quotes[edit]

  • Surely we may hope that as men get to see that prayer has not succeeded in its efforts to "move the arm which moves the world, to bring salvation down, they may turn to the more difficult, but also the more hopeful task, of moving their own arms to work out for their own salvation.
  • There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is the moment; the time is always now.
    • Dag Hammarskjod, in “The Road to Begin Your Life (27 September 2007)”, 58
  • Can you help save one person...? That would be great wouldn’t it? The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world.
    • C.S.Lewis, in “The Road to Begin Your Life ((27 September 2007))”, 58
  • You have to do it yourself, no one else will do it for you. You must work out your own salvation.
    • Charles E. Popplestoen, in “The Road to Begin Your Life (27 September 2007)”, 58

In Christianity[edit]

Annie Besant:I might be ready to kneel before the cross of Good Friday, to stand beside the sepulcher on Easter Day. In order to facilitate the realization of those last sacred days of God incarnate on earth, working out man’s salvation, I resolved to write a brief history of that week, compiled from Four Gospels, meaning them to try and realize each day the occurrences that had happened on the corresponding day in AD 33, and so to follow those “blessed feet” step by step, till they were ...nailed for our advantage to the bitter cross.
John Calvin: God preordained, for his own glory and the display of His attributes of mercy and justice, a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just punishment of their sin, to eternal damnation.
Alfred H. Ackley: He lives, he lives, Christ Jesus lives today;
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, he lives salvation to impart;
You ask me how I know he lives”
He lives within my heart.
Anne Hutchinson:One may preach a covenant of grace more clearly than another... But when they preach a covenant of works for salvation, that is not truth.
Brennan Manning: Because salvation is by grace through faith, I believe that among the countless number of people standing in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palms in their hands (see Revelation 7:9),...
A.W. Tozer:... Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him. He oppressed must be saved,
not with a revolutionary salvation,
in mere human fashion,
but with the holy revolution of the Son of Man,
who dies on the cross to cleanse God’s image,
which is soiled in today’s humanity,
a humanity so enslaved,
so selfish, so sinful.
  • I might be ready to kneel before the cross of Good Friday, to stand beside the sepulcher on Easter Day. In order to facilitate the realization of those last sacred days of God incarnate on earth, working out man’s salvation, I resolved to write a brief history of that week, compiled from Four Gospels, meaning them to try and realize each day the occurrences that had happened on the corresponding day in AD 33, and so to follow those “blessed feet” step by step, till they were ...nailed for our advantage to the bitter cross.
    • Annie Besant, in “Annie Besant: An Autobiography”, p.59
  • My mother had an intense longing to communicate before she died. “If it is necessary to salvation," she persisted, doggedly, "I will not take it if darling Annie is to be shut out.” I would be rather lost with her than saved without her.
  • He lives, he lives, Christ Jesus lives today;
    He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
    He lives, he lives salvation to impart;
    You ask me how I know helives”
    He lives within my heart.
  • This book [Bible] reveals the mind of God, the original state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners.
    • Bible,in “Words of Wisdom, Too (1 January 1998)]”, p.208
  • If Christians have caste differences also, I might as well remain a Hindu.
    • Mahatma Gandhi, on one Sunday, went to church to see the minister and ask for instruction to the way of salvation and other Christian doctrines. But when he entered the sanctuary, the ushers refused him a seat and suggested that he go back and worship with his own people. He left and never went back. Quoted in “Speaker's Quote Book: Over 5,000 Illustrations and Quotations for All ... (2009)”, p.193
  • The work of salvation, in its full sense, is about whole human beings, not merely souls; about the present, not simply the future; and about what God does through us, not merely what God does in and for us.
  • After this I saw, and look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands. And they keep shouting with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation we owe to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
  • Our salvation is in striving to achieve what we know we will never achieve.
  • The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter. It is all pure, all sincere; nothing too much; nothing wanting.
  • Because salvation is by grace through faith, I believe that among the countless number of people standing in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palms in their hands (see Revelation 7:9), I shall see the prostitute from the Kit-Kat Ranch in Carson City, Nevada, who tearfully told me that she could find no other employment to support her two-year-old son. I shall see the woman who had an abortion and is haunted by guilt and remorse but did the best she could faced with grueling alternatives; the businessman besieged with debt who sold his integrity in a series of desperate transactions; the insecure clergyman addicted to being liked, who never challenged his people from the pulpit and longed for unconditional love; the sexually abused teen molested by his father and now selling his body on the street, who, as he falls asleep each night after his last 'trick', whispers the name of the unknown God he learned about in Sunday school; the deathbed convert who for decades had his cake and ate it, broke every [[w:Law of God|law of God and man, wallowed in lust, and raped the earth.
  • Because he loves me”, says the Lord I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name
    He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
    With long life I will satisfy him.
    And show him my salvation.
    • Psalm (91:1-16}, in “Words of Wisdom, Too (1 January 1998)” p.218
  • This salvation is just the same as to the persons to whom it is sent. It is to be preached, now, as always, to every creature under Heaven. But it appeals with a peculiar power to those who are guilty and who, by God's Grace, confess their guilt. It appeals to hearts that are broken, to men who are weary and heavy laden. It is to these that the Gospel comes with great sweetness

In Hinduism[edit]

Worship of Ganga River - Padma Purana:What need of expensive sacrifices,
Or of difficult penances?
Worship Ganga, asking for happiness
and good fortune,
and she will bring you heaven
and salvation.

In Buddhism[edit]

Masao Abe: However, a cosmological dimension is the necessary basis for this Buddhist salvation: in Buddhism salvation is not from sin as rebellion against God, but emancipation from the cycle of birth and death which is part of transience of the universe. This is the cosmological aspect of Buddhism. These two aspects are inseparable; the more cosmological the basis of salvation.
Dalai Lama:The Buddha said 'Salvation doesn't come from the sight of me. It demands strenuous effort and practise. So work hard and seek your own salvation constantly.'
  • Work out your salvation. Do not depend on others.
    • Buddha, in “The Road to Begin Your Life (27-Sep-2007)”, p. 58
  • Buddhism is primarily concerned with salvation of a human as a person who, unlike other living beings, has self-consciousness and free will and thereby alone has the potential to become aware of and emancipated from the transience common to all things in the universe. This is existentialist and personalistic aspect of Buddhism
    • Masao Abe, in "Buddhism and Interfaith Dialogue: Part One of a Two-Volume Sequel to Zen and ... (1995)}, p.81
  • However, a cosmological dimension is the necessary basis for this Buddhist salvation: in Buddhism salvation is not from sin as rebellion against God, but emancipation from the cycle of birth and death which is part of transience of the universe. This is the cosmological aspect of Buddhism. These two aspects are inseparable; the more cosmological the basis of salvation
    • Masao Abe, in "Buddhism and Interfaith Dialogue: Part One of a Two-Volume Sequel to Zen and ... (1995)}, p.81

In Jainism[edit]

Helmuth von Glasenapp:The doctrine of the Jainas who let their Prophet Parsva proclaim in the 8th century BC – the difference between mind and matter and of salvation by the liberation of an individual soul from matter.
  • ...according to the belief of the Digambaras, only men can get salvation, this is not possible to the other sexes. P.240,
    • Helmuth von Glasenapp, in "Jainism: An Indian Religion of Salvation (1 January 1999)", p.240
  • ...Both hold the view [ Jain sects of Svetambara and Digambara Jains] hold the view that only human beings can get salvation; gods and other beings which are capable of getting salvation according to other Indian systems, do not have it according to Jaina-teachings. They have to be born again as human beings when they become mature for this highest spiritual development to be able to accomplish complete absolution from all earthly passions.
    • Helmuth von Glasenapp, in "Jainism: An Indian Religion of Salvation (1 January 1999)", p.240
  • Karma for Hindus is adrisya, an invisible power, for Jainas, it is a complex of fine particle of matter, and karma infects their souls; for many Hindus, salvation can be achieved through divine mercy, as a consequence of evident and sincere resignation towards Ishvara, for Jainas, only through the incessant work on one’s own self; for most of the Hindus, there is no limit to the capability of salvation, Jainas make a distinction between bhavyas and abhavyas; for most of Hindus, salvation consists either in the eternal stay of the soul in the paradise of Ishvara or in complete merger with the universal soul, for Jainas, it is in the unperturbed actionless peace of the omniscient on the peak of the universe. Finally, and above all, Jainism has a number of concepts which are alien to the metaphysical systems of the Hindus..., it has an independent epistemology and dialectics (Syadvada) and uses terminology which is peculiar to it alone.
    • Helmuth von Glasenapp, in "Jainism: An Indian Religion of Salvation (1 January 1999)", P.496

In Islam[edit]

Isma’il Al-Faruqi:To many Muslims the lack of assurance of salvation is not considered a weakness but a reality that can motivate continued obedience. Great as it may be in the eyes of Islam for any person to make the decision to enter the faith, the entry constitutes no guarantee of personal justification in the eyes of God...there is nothing the new initiate can do which assure him of salvation. “Islam” denies that a human can attain religious felicity on the basis of faith alone...
  • First warrior bands adapted Quranic monotheism to the demand of their life style with the result that the quest for salvation became interpreted in terms of the jihad, or holy war, with warriors promised salvation if they die in battle. Second, the growth and expansion of the mystical Sufi brotherhoods (c.700-800) produced an interpretation of Islam that relied on perception of believers as vessels of divine power, leading to a passive acceptance or restfulness rather an engagement with this-worldly matters. Indeed this-worldly engagement was seen as giving into the world and its profane demands. So, with these two group carriers, Islamic salvation beliefs produced either a passive attitude to the world or support for warriors in Islamic war of conquests.
    • H. Goldman, in "Resurgent Islam: A Sociological Approach (11 November 2005)", P.76
  • Then those whose balance (of good deeds) is heavy, - they will attain salvation: But those whose balance is light, will be those Who have lost their souls; In Hell will they abide (23:102-3). The Quran also talks about those who give their lives “to earn the pleasure of God”(2:207) and that “God will deliver those who fear Him, for they have earned Heaven. (39:61)"
    • Quran, in "Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross (01-Aug-2002)", p.127
  • For Muslims God’s mercy and forgiveness plays a fundamental role in salvation.
    • Norman L. Geisler, Abdul Saleeb, in "Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross (01-Aug-2002)", p.127
  • According to one tradition, Muhammad insisted that “without the mercy of God no one can attain salvation by virtue of his action.
    • Quran, in "Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross (01-Aug-2002)", p.128
  • There is no assurance of salvation in Islam. From the very beginning of Islam almost all Muslims have feared for their eternal destiny.
    • Al Ghazali, in "Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross (01-Aug-2002)", p.127
  • To many Muslims the lack of assurance of salvation is not considered a weakness but a reality that can motivate continued obedience. Great as it may be in the eyes of Islam for any person to make the decision to enter the faith, the entry constitutes no guarantee of personal justification in the eyes of God...there is nothing the new initiate can do which assure him of salvation. “Islam” denies that a human can attain religious felicity on the basis of faith alone...
    • Isma’il Al-Faruqi, in "Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross (01-Aug-2002)", p.12

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