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Soterial, of salvation

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Soterial means 'relating to deliverance, or salvation", and soteriology is the study of religious doctrines of deliverance. In short, the aim is to tell in words what deliverance (salvation) is, how it is got, by whom, and so on. Afterlife questions abound too. There are many takes on that one - that is, many religions. And scholars find soteriology to be a key theme in many different religions and compare various ideas about deliverance (salvation) among them.

Vedic-based Hinduism teaches that we are functioning in a cycle of death and rebirth called samsara. Deliverance is called moksha, great inner freedom in All-God, called Brahman. Human life is a good opportunity to work for such transcendence in the calm of yoga-meditation.

Buddhism is devoted primarily to liberation from suffering (dukkha), ignorance, and rebirth. The main purpose of one's life is to break free from samsara, to achieve nirvana and its great freedom. The means to such an end are embracing the Noble Gentle Path, including meditation. There are many forms of Buddhism, and several nuances to how such things are done. Individuals should seek to spread truth, knowledge and a good influence among those who are receptive, at least.

In Jainism, Moksha, freedom, means liberation, salvation or emancipation of soul. It is a blissful state free from samsara, the rounds of birth and death. A liberated soul is said to have attained its true and pristine nature. Such a soul is called siddha or paramatman, which means 'supreme spirit or soul' In Jainism this it is the goal that serves a human being.

Jewish theology has generally been seen as holding that "The righteous of all peoples have a place in the World-To-Come". Jewish scholars have broadly held the inclusive view that there is enough goodness in mankind to make it real in the beyond. However, some sections of Jewish religious texts tell another, sadder tale, "The dead know nothing. They have no reward and even the memory of them are lost." In other words there are conflicting views among Jews as among others.

Christianity - There are many different deliverance teachings in the Christian tradition. A key is that those who accept Jesus Christ may receive eternal life in a heaven. Catholics reckon with seven heavens, remember. However, in the very first church it was not clear-cut, and salvation was the Holy Ghost falling on apostles and others, with only four requirements for Gentile followers, Christians. They were required to abstain from blood food . . . Acts 15 and further is about it. Since a lot of Christians delight in blood food like Brat und Wurst, black pudding and so on, on and on, one cannot help wonder, "Are they in the same group as adulterers, or similar?" For adultery is forbidden too.


"Delivered" is not clearcut. Try to be precise, asking such as, "Delivered from, delivered to, delivered how and what?" The same applies to "saved". Being saved from Loke and his foul tricks may have given much meaning among Norse people. Quality works should help throughout against Loke and his foul offspring - showing symptoms of being astray, I guess. The Norse Thor (cognate with Zeus and Indra) often had combats against Loke and his offensive offspring as his "job".


Africa's salvation doesn't lie in begging and begging for more aid, and as an African, I find it very, very humiliating. [George Ayittey]

An enemy to human souls is the self-righteous spirits that calls others to look to the Bible mess for salvation.

At the heart of the Protestant faith is a conviction that there is nothing we contribute, except true faith. But there are different opinions of what that faith is. Jesus claimed it is soundless, just as mustard seeds have got it. What a relief that observation could bring reborn yellers.]

[Both Jain sects] hold the view that only human beings can get salvation. [Helmuth von Glasenapp]

Fighting for salvation and helping old folks to "go to heaven" can be better than making hay on a rainy day. I point to a possibility.

He who without any merit of his own keeps going for his own sordid damnation, can stop punishing others all day.

Human salvation requires a divine disclosure surpassing reason. [Cf. Thomas Aquinas]

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it means terribly little to me. There were no gospels among the very first Christians; the gospels came later and were marked by forgery also.

I know that sinners are sinking into hell. [Kirk Cameron]

I read the New Testament, struggled to make ends meet, and saw how others sold out to the devil with a veneer. It is more common than you think, I should say. A wrong salvation lies in such vile doings. [Cf. Jakob Böhme]

If Christians believe in the Bible with all their might and gritted teeth, that could bring on large dentist bills.

In the wake of salvation many hardships happen, but not to all and sundry all at once.

Orthodox theologians insisted that the rest of humankind were only transitory creatures. [Elaine Pagels]

Salvation is eternal. That's the whole point. (Cf. Forrest Carr]

Saved from working in a bank, that's a kind of salvation right there. [Cf. Richard Thompson]

Taking the Bible as written, is not a salvation issue but an authority issue. [Cf. Ken Ham]

"The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed . . . It has God for its author; salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter. It is all pure," wrote John Locke. The opposite is true.]

The Book of Mormon offers so much that is taught too far from accepted, old doctrine elsewhere. [Cf. Ezra Taft Benson]

The core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all. [Isaac Asimov]

The elect was as certain before as afterwards in eternal balance. [Cf. John Nelson Darby]

The reason salvation is necessary is to get us back to the garden. How we need to get the garden seem good! [Cf. David Baker]

The sooner a man begins to go higher, the sooner he raises himself towards this idea of truth as salvation. [Swami Vivekananda]

The things that cramped Christians pour out about salvation - the one more fanatical than the other - except Francis Chan behind "I could be wrong about salvation."

There is no salvation for man until he sees God, realises his own soul. [Swami Vivekananda]

There is no salvation in becoming adapted to a Fiend that has gone crazy.

What is salvation? To live with God . . . Anywhere. Here this moment. [Swami Vivekananda]

When football can't be a fun thing, then it hurts itself. [Abr. Pete Rozelle]

When it comes to salvation all alone - a few are said to have made it.

You may have one business to run and a family to maintain, yet accept your South Node as you yourself in the middle of it.

You should do good to others. This is at least a part of the way to to Freedom, or salvation. [With Swami Sivananda]


Soterial quotations, salvation quotes, deliverance questions, liberation citations, Literature  

Conze, Edward. Buddhist Thought in India: Three Phases of Buddhist Philosophy. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1983.

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