What is salvation?

“Salvation” speaks to moral (and physical) safety but has a broader root going back to the idea of being uninjured, whole and healthy.

God is said to be the great physician so this makes sense. Jesus performed many miracles so it makes more sense yet. My question however, is what is the nature of the sicknesses God is said to cure?

An ancient text reads:

“Not-knowing is true knowledge.
Presuming to know is a disease.
First realize that you are sick;
then you can move toward health.
The Master is her own physician.
She has healed herself of all knowing.
Thus she is truly whole.”

{Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching. (Chapter 71);
Translated by Stephen Mitchell, 1988}

Miracles Jesus worked were largely related to the faculties of perception (and thus to knowing) e.g. blindness, deafness and even leprosy relates to perception. Blindness is an inability to know (see; perceive). Deafness is an inability to understand. Leprosy is lust i.e. one’s perception of what he has as insufficient and his higher estimation of the value of what another has.

It appears then, that what we need saving from is our certainty about that which we cannot be certain. Trouble with this is, it is the definition of “faith”. Faith is “certainty” about what we do not see (know) (Hebrews 11:1, BSB).

But add to this, the interesting fact that “certainty” (or “confidence” rather — and thus faith) is the definition of “Mammon”, which Jesus said we can’t serve while serving God (Matthew 6:24, KJV). You’ll note though, that while Jesus uses the word Mammon for that which is in opposition of God, he speaks positively of faith elsewhere. This leaves the open question of exactly what faith was Jesus talking positively about and which of these types of faith we exercise. I’m not convinced we have it right today and Jesus said so of his time, saying:

“Ye worship ye know not what…” ~ Jesus (John 4:22, KJV)

As they say, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” ~ The Big Short

… but this is just my opinion. ~ Ervin Welsh

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