What is salvation?

From what do we need saving?

Are those without self-consciousness of salvation any worse off for it?

Who isn’t saved?  Who is?

Are redemption, salvation, and deliverance the same things?

In many languages, the terms overlap and get confusing. In German, “Heil” and “Erloesung” don’t occupy the same shapes and territories as the English words.

Is it just a word for obituaries, grave stones, and fables?

From what do we need saving, redeeming, and deliverance?

What is the receipt–how do we know we have it?

I have pretty big opinions about this, but would rather hear yours first…

Do all faith systems teach more or less the same thing about salvation, or not?

Do you have to believe that the world is evil and we are wretches for salvation to mean anything?  Do some teachers overstate our depravity in order to create “salvation demand?”

If we are saved by grace, what is grace?

Can you have a faith system without teaching salvation in some form or another?

Does the “savior/redeemer” show up in pop culture because the church has forgotten how to talk about it? Think Keanu Reeves as Neo in the Matrix…

Have happiness, balance, appreciation, peace, effectiveness and other things replaced salvation as a human goal?

Do we need a Savior-Messiah if salvation is not a real and felt longing?

Sociologist Peter Gross from Switzerland suggests that Christianity could be stronger without stressing salvation. I disagree, but what do you think?

Is salvation, like “sin,” and “sacrifice,” a homeless word in our contemporary culture?

We had a house full of 18-25 year olds at our home last night. I am just trying to make sense of all this so that the Christian faith can actually have something to say to an entire generation that is taking a “pass” on church.

What are your thoughts?

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