Salvation

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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]

  • Sole survivor, cursed with second sight
    Haunted saviour, cried into the night.
    • Blue Oyster Cult, Sole Survivor, Fire of unknown origin, lyrics by Erik Bloom, John Trivers, and Liz Myers
  • 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.
  • Il n'est pas de sauveurs suprêmes
    Ni Dieu, ni César, ni tribun
    Producteurs, sauvons-nous nous-mêmes
    Décrétons le salut commun
    Pour que le voleur rende gorge
    Pour tirer l'esprit du cachot
    Soufflons nous-mêmes notre forge
    Battons le fer quand il est chaud
  • 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 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 Christianity[edit]

An allegory of salvation
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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I not only questioned the possibility that salvation existed; I questioned whether God’s salvation was worth the earning. Again I began to see the struggle between God and Lucifer as nothing more than a squabble between petty princelings over who should possess power in a tiny, unimportant territory. The fate of the tenants of that territory did not much seem to matter to them; and even the reward of those tenants’ loyalty seemed thin enough to me.
  • 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 Islam[edit]

And there is the type of man who gives his life to earn the pleasure of Allah: And Allah is full of kindness to (His) devotees.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Observe moderation in deeds (and if it is not possible, try to be near moderation) and understand that none amongst you can attain salvation because of his deeds alone. They said: Allah's Messenger, not even you? Thereupon he said: Not even I, but that Allah should wrap me in His Mercy and Grace.
  • But Allah will deliver the righteous to their place of salvation: no evil shall touch them, nor shall they grieve.
  • And there is the type of man who gives his life to earn the pleasure of Allah: And Allah is full of kindness to (His) devotees.
  • 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.
  • Therefore, in the Islamic view, human beings are no more "fallen" than they are "saved". Because they are not "fallen", they have no need of a saviour. But because they are not "saved" either, they need to do good works - and do them ethically - which alone will earn them the desired "salvation", one must be in a predicament beyond the hope of ever escaping it. But men and women are not in that predicament. Humans are not ethically powerless They are not helpless puppets capable of neither good nor evil. They are capable of both. To "save" themselves by deeds and works is their pride and glory. To miss the chance and all the opportunities by is pitiable neglect; to miss the calling deliberately and to do evil is to earn punishment, to deserve damnation.

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.

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