But we can know what salvation means in this life. At the center of the biblical understanding of salvation is a relationship with God in the present, whose gifts are freedom, joy, peace, and love and whose fruits are compassion and justice.
This relationship with God, and all that flows from it, are the purpose of the Christian life. The invitation of the Christian gospel is to enter into that relationship in which our healing and wholeness lie, that relationship which transforms us by beginning to heal the wounds of existence and makes our lives in the here and now a life with God.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Salvation: What on Earth Do We Mean?
This is the title of the final chapter of Marcus Borg's book "The God We Never Knew". Borg discusses the difficulties inherent in mapping out the details of an afterlife. He confesses to being 'agnostic' about this subject - essentially he believes that there is something beyond death but he has no clear conception of what that might be. It's a refreshingly honest account in the face of many Christians who claim to know more about their eternal destiny than even the Bible makes clear. He concludes with these words: