Salvation is love, is coexistence, is freedom.
What do we mean by salvation? Some people misunderstand what the Bible says. They think that salvation is that I do not go to the hell. But this is very unfair and unethical, because it sounds as blackmail, as terrible threat. How to love a God who threatens me? Others think that salvation is to escape of the world and be nothing.
But salvation is to be in love, with God and all my brothers and sisters and all creation, all together in the loving light of God. The more I love the more I exist, the more I am saved from the disease of my bad attitudes, my selfishness and individuality. Salvation is not to go somewhere, to paradise or hell. But to be one, as we will say in other posts.
“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” (John 17:21、23)
~ Fr. Jonah