Friday, September 08, 2006

SALVATION: A Technical Explanation

This is the first in a series of posts on Salvation: A Technical Explanation

"I'm basically a good person and try to keep the 10 commandments"

The above quotation is widely the beginning and the end point of the general response to the subject of "salvation."

It also leads quickly and directly into the topic of "judgment."

While salvation is such a broad topic, judgment is virtually always the immediate topic raised. This may be expected, since it is judgment that one is "saved from."

Those who submit to this premise of judgment, and salvation as an outcome of it are victims of what Dr. Dwight Penecost calls:
" 'a mischievous habit' " that has led the Christian world to speak of the judgment as being one great event taking place at the end of the world, when all human beings, saints, sinners, Jews and Gentiles, the living and the dead, shall stand up before the great white throne and there be judged. Nothing can be more wide of the teaching of the Scriptures."
(quoted by C. I. Scofield in Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth, The Five Judgments, chapter 5)

Counteracting this "mischievous habit" (actually a Great Lie) will be addressed in this series by the presentation of the truths of God pertaining to the facts and mechanics of the Salvation Process. It is for this reason that it is here referred to as a "Technical" explanation.
This by no means implies a "scientific" explanation, which is not rational. For example, one would not employ Chemistry to explain Music, the two are of different spheres and unrelated. Science is of the physical realm and can in no way explain the spiritual one. It is at the same time not principally what would be an academic "Theological" explanation of "Soteriology" (the study of Salvation in a fancy word).

An apt analogy may be that an engineer designs a car, a mechanic repairs it. The mechanic is a technician following a Technical Manual explaining the components involved and their functions. This manual does not go into the theory, the physics and electronics, but, rather, the parts and how they fit and work together to accomplish locomotion.

In coming installments the following topics will be addressed: Salvation, Judgment, The Trinity, Religion, The Revelation of God, The 3 Part Nature of Man, The Cross, Faith, Life after Salvation, Life after Death.

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