The Truth About Salvation
Salvation through Jesus as it is commonly understood in popular forms of Christianity—salvation from death and/or eternal damnation—is a falsehood. Human beings—created out of God’s own being—are from life and from love. This life and love are eternal. Each human being, as others have also said (e.g., Swedenborg, 2000) is made for heaven, which is God’s eternal presence. As it has also been said by the apostle Paul (Romans 8:38-39), nothing can separate human beings from God’s love, which is easily understood once one realizes that God is life and love and the creator (source) of all life and love. Salvation is from one’s false self—the part of a person that is constructed out of the fear generated in human beings from false ideas and false understandings of God, primarily the false understanding that we are not spiritual beings living in a spiritual creation. Death is simply the transition from one state of being to another state of being. Human beings may fear this transition, but there is no need for this fear. Fear of death is an unnecessary form of suffering based on incomplete knowledge.
The idea that one human being is elevated over another human being in the eyes of God is also a falsehood. Anyone who would perpetuate this falsehood is using fear and manipulation for purposes other than re- establishing oneness with God in the person. To be “chosen,” “set apart,” or part of a group called the “elect,” does not reflect God’s law or the design of creation. All prejudice, bigotry, racism, and similar attitudes or beliefs come from this kind of ideology; ideology that presumes knowledge of God and that assumes superiority. Some religious and spiritual leaders use prejudicial forms of ideology to control, manipulate, and take advantage of other people. These forms of ideology should be rejected. These things are important to understand as we go forward in understanding the revelation of God in Jesus.