In this post I will present my theological theory of spiritual salvation, as described in New Testament.
This theory is not a dogma, but just my opinion which may be wrong.
The theory is as the follows:
Sin is a thing which happened but show happen no more in the future.
Salvation is ceasing of a sin.
The personality of a sinner is sin. So in salvation a sinner ceases to exists.
What remains of a sinner after salvation? The remaining thing is “negation” of this personality, that is prevention (the things needed to prevent of repeating in the future) of his personality to exist.
Salvation is taking a imprint of the sinner’s personality. But imprint is similar to the thing imprinted (however reverse). This way the soul of a sinner is presented in an inverse form. This is expressed by the Greek word μετάνοια (turning mind 180 degrees around) used in New Testament to denote repentance.
“Saved” persons are selected as worst sinners, which need to die to clean the world.
This theory (that salvation is in some sense death of a personality) seems confirmed by Bible:
“He who loves his soul will lose it. He who hates his soul in this world will keep it to eternal life.” (Jn. 12:25, refined translation)
“He who finds his soul will lose it; and he who loses his soul for my sake will find it.” (Mt. 10:39, refined translation)
“For whoever desires to save his soul will lose it, and whoever will lose his soul for my sake will find it.” (Mt. 16:25, refined translation)
“Whoever seeks to save his soul loses it, but whoever loses his soul preserves it.” (Luke. 17:33, refined translation)
“He called the multitude to himself with his disciples, and said to them, “Whoever wants to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his soul will lose it; and whoever will lose his soul for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.” (Mrk. 8:34-35, refined translation)
“For whoever desires to save his soul will lose it, but whoever will lose his soul for my sake, the same will save it.” (Luk. 9:24, refined translation)
(The quotes are taken from World English Bible.)
This mean that to receive salvation we need to agree that our sinful souls should “die” as Christ died.
Thus the topic that we need to “die” with Christ is now elaborated.
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