:: Thursday, August 19, 2004 ::
In Case LeonPeon Is Still Reading
...Which I seriously doubt, because I haven't heard back from her in almost a week, I have this clarification to make.
The fundamentalist view of salvation, the view apparently held by LeonPeon, is that salvation is a one-time dealie where all one has to do is say "I believe in Jesus Christ" and, presto-chango, one is saved. This leaves the question of further sins committed by a "saved" person. My understanding is that all salvation does, in the fundamentalist usage, is throw a cloak over one's sins so that they're not seen on Judgement Day. Any additional sins that are committed just get tossed under the Cloak of Christ's Blood.
The Catholic (and, arguably, Biblical) view of salvation is that of a journey that starts at Baptism (with the Baptismal vows to believe in the Trinity and reject Satan and his works) and continues past death into Purgatory. It is only with God's help that one can stay the path of salvation and overcome one's sins. It is also understood that it is possible to do things so heinous as to keep one's self from salvation without drastic corrective measures. One's journey is complete when one has removed all sin from one's self and enters into blissful union with God (a.k.a. Heaven).
I hope this will clarify things.
:: The Squire 2:36 PM :: email this post :: ::