Oh My God

Jars of Clay, one of my favourite bands with one of my favourite songs. Intelligent and moving lyrics.

Salvation I

A big subject, so in a number of parts! But why I'm posting is in response to a blog comment that mentioned salvation being brought into play in the life of a person when they had said 'The Sinner's Prayer' or suchlike. It got me thinking about when salvation begins in the very being of that person, when the future direction of their eternity changes?

So to start with a quick round up of the soteriology or study of salvation from some of the major players in the Christian world!

So let's start where I started, with the Anglican church and their Thirty-Nine Articles. The XVIII Article is the one that refers to salvation.

XVIII. Of obtaining eternal Salvation only by the Name of Christ.
They also are to be had accursed that presume to say, That every man shall be saved by the Law or Sect which he professeth, so that he be diligent to frame his life according to that Law, and the light of Nature. For Holy Scripture doth set out unto us only the Name of Jesus Christ, whereby men must be saved.

Seems pretty clear - look in the Bible!

Now onto the Catholics.

The doctrine of salvation for the Catholics is defined in the Coucil of Trent. Reading from the Catholic Encycopaedia I think I can sum it up thus:

  • Disposition - you recognise that you need salvation
  • Justification - either by reason of a perfect act of charity elicited by a well disposed sinner or by virtue of the Sacrament either of Baptism or of Penance. 

The Sacrements come into play with infants and those not of sound reason. But quite what this 'perfect act of charity is I do not know. Anyone?

Now the turn of the Orthodox. And this starts to get complicated for me. According to Orthodox theology salvation is not a stage but a continuous change towards a divine nature or theosis, becoming united with God. So Salvation can be looked upon as three overlapping processes:

  • catharsis (purification)
  • theoria (illumination)
  • theosis (divinization)

So I read that as instead of having a defined point or moment of salvation the Orthodox view is of a continuing theosis, which continues even after death. And if I'm talking cobblers feel free to put me right!

To be continued.

Orthodoxy

Yesterday I received through the post Orthodoxy by GK Chesterton. I had read Heretics a few weeks ago and was impressed with what he was saying. So as Orthodoxy is a follow up to Heretics it makes sense to read it.

Heretics was excellent, although dated in parts, so dated even I couldn't place some of the characters and events he mentioned.

Looking forward to Orthodoxy though

Miserere mei, Deus

I lead worship at my church and can run off a good worship song but the tops for me is choral. I can't fail to be moved by the interaction of the human voice in response to God.

Video below is Miserere mei, Deus sung by The Sixteen.




Have mercy on me, O God

About This Blog

Welcome to The Sign Of The Cross!

This blog is about all things spiritual which I find encouraging or even annoying. It's a place where I can bring together stuff that inspires, builds up and encourages me in my faith.

My background is evangelical Anglican but worshipping at a lively pentecostal church but my encouragement comes from across the christian spectrum.

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Blessings

Chris