The Concept of Salvation

  • Salvation is fundamentally the deliverance from sin and its consequences. It is believed by Christians that through faith in Jesus Christ, one can achieve eternal life.
  • The idea of salvation comes from the belief that sin separates humans from God, and hence salvation is needed to reunite with God.
  • Jesus’s crucifixion, according to Christian belief, was a sacrifice that paved the way for the salvation of humanity. Jesus’s death is seen as a gift that pays for the sins of human beings.

Views on Salvation

  • According to the doctrine of Atonement, Jesus died for everyone’s sins and hence allowed for mankind’s reconciliation with God.
  • Justification by faith is a belief upheld mostly by Protestants. This belief holds that one is justified before God by faith in Jesus Christ, and not by good deeds.
  • Universal salvation is a belief that all souls will eventually be reconciled with God, irrespective of their sins on earth. It is a less mainstream belief within Christianity, but it has its followers.

Salvation in Life After Death

  • Christians believe in life after death, with the soul being judged after life. The life led by a person on earth can influence this judgement.
  • The ultimate aim of Salvation is to gain eternal life in heaven, which is perceived as a state of eternal peace and communion with God.
  • Some Christians also believe in Purgatory, a state that exists between earthly life and heaven where souls are cleansed to prepare for heaven. This idea is particularly prevalent in Catholicism.