The Real Salvation

Salvation. This is a complex word. In its simplest term, it means the act to be rescued from danger and death. In the traditional Christian doctrine, it means to be rescued from the eternal damnation of hell. In my experience first as a Catholic, followed by a Pentecostal, and then a reflective Christian, I have seen a slight difference of what Salvation signifies. Jesus said “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven (will be saved) but those who do the will of my Father (practice the KH)” ( Mt. 7:21). He also said “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward (Salvation) (Mt. 10:42).”   He also taught that “condemnation (to be not saved) happens when men choose to love darkness more, because their deeds were evil (selfish) (Jn. 3:19).”   Salvation, to me, means to be saved from the selfish lifestyle that will ultimately lead us to be away from the real Life, which is to live serving others, and therefore, living the KH. As long as we keep living selfish lives, we will be bound to our own desires, and continue to be addicted to our superficial and shallow desires. When we free ourselves from our obsession to please our selfish (and natural) desires, then we become truly Saved.  Does this mean that there is no reward after life such as a heaven?  No, I believe that there is also an eternal reward after this life, but the reward of Salvation starts when we feel the joy of serving others, like Jesus taught us to (Mt.5:12).


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About Noel

I am a person who has realized that the teachings of Jesus are centralized in the genuine care and service of others. I have evolved from fundamentalism to a moderate spiritual approach. I am a reflecting person who has grown to not fear doubt but to embrace it as a means to growth and increasing closeness to God. View all posts by Noel

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