I was reading about salvation. Somehow it is a concept I am having a great deal of difficulty in grasping.
The simple definition is a protection from some kind of danger or harm. In Christian theology, however, the danger or harm has to do with deliverance from sin by following the teachings of Jesus — so we will be united with God in heaven.
Islam teaches that salvation is achieved through good deeds (but at the same time don’t mess with Allah, who may not be impressed by death bed repentance.
Jews believe that salvation comes through following the rules and living a righteous life.
Hindus view salvation as an ever changing concept.
(Please not that my understanding of religious traditions and beliefs is far, far from any scholarly understanding.)
But what all that means to me — you treat others the same way you would want to be treated, that you take care of the less fortunate, treat all living things with caring and compassion, be nice and express gratitude that life itself is enough. Wouldn’t that be a good life? One might even be inclined to say heaven right here and now?
The whole “deliverance from sin” aspect seems like a totally unnecessary complication to me.
And, okay, my real problem is the word nerd in me. The word is derived from Latin salvus, meaning “sound” in the sense of “whole” and “healthy.” Salvus sis, may you be well. The goddess Salus was the giver of health. I like the classic meaning.