being saved or protected from harm
Flee from men and you will be saved. ~ Abba Arsenius

Salvation (Latin salvatio; Greek sōtēria; Hebrew yeshu'ah) is being saved or protected from harm or being saved or delivered from some dire situation.

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In Buddhism salvation is not from sin as rebellion against God, but emancipation from the cycle of birth and death which is part of transience of the universe. ~ Masao Abe
  • Buddhist salvation is primarily concerned with individual persons, and is simply not concerned with humankind in general, for as is written in a sutra: ‘One is born alone, dies alone, comes alone and goes alone’.
    • Masao Abe, Buddhism and Interfaith Dialogue (1995), pp. 80-81.
  • Buddhism is primarily concerned with salvation of a human as a person who, unlike other living beings, has self-consciousness and free will and thereby alone has the potential to become aware of and emancipated from the transience common to all things in the universe. This is existentialist and personalistic aspect of Buddhism
    • Masao Abe, Buddhism and Interfaith Dialogue (1995), p. 81.
  • However, a cosmological dimension is the necessary basis for this Buddhist salvation: in Buddhism salvation is not from sin as rebellion against God, but emancipation from the cycle of birth and death which is part of transience of the universe. This is the cosmological aspect of Buddhism. These two aspects are inseparable; the more cosmological the basis of salvation
    • Masao Abe, Buddhism and Interfaith Dialogue (1995), p. 81.
  • He lives, he lives, Christ Jesus lives today;
    He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
    He lives, he lives salvation to impart;
    You ask me how I know he lives”
    He lives within my heart.
  • Ὁ ἀββᾶς Ἀρσένιος, ἔτι ὢν ἐν τῷ παλατίῳ, εὔξατο τῷ Θεῷ λέγων· Κύριε, ὁδήγησόν με πῶς σωθῶ. Καὶ ἦλθεν αὐτῷ φωνὴ λέγουσα· Ἀρσένιε, φεῦγε τοὺς ἀνθρώπους, καὶ σώζῃ.
    • While still living in the palace, Abba Arsenius prayed to God in these words, "Lord, lead me in the way of salvation." And a voice came saying to him, "Arsenius, flee from men and you will be saved."



John Calvin: God preordained, for his own glory and the display of His attributes of mercy and justice, a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just punishment of their sin, to eternal damnation.



  • Therefore, in the Islamic view, human beings are no more "fallen" than they are "saved". Because they are not "fallen", they have no need of a saviour. But because they are not "saved" either, they need to do good works - and do them ethically - which alone will earn them the desired "salvation", one must be in a predicament beyond the hope of ever escaping it. But men and women are not in that predicament. Humans are not ethically powerless They are not helpless puppets capable of neither good nor evil. They are capable of both. To "save" themselves by deeds and works is their pride and glory. To miss the chance and all the opportunities by is pitiable neglect; to miss the calling deliberately and to do evil is to earn punishment, to deserve damnation.


The Buddha said 'Salvation doesn't come from the sight of me. It demands strenuous effort and practise. So work hard and seek your own salvation constantly.' ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama


  • There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is the moment; the time is always now.
    • Dag Hammarskjod, in “The Road to Begin Your Life (27 September 2007)”, 58.


  • After this I saw, and look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands. And they keep shouting with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation we owe to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.”


  • Our salvation is in striving to achieve what we know we will never achieve.


  • The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter. It is all pure, all sincere; nothing too much; nothing wanting.


  • I not only questioned the possibility that salvation existed; I questioned whether God’s salvation was worth the earning. Again I began to see the struggle between God and Lucifer as nothing more than a squabble between petty princelings over who should possess power in a tiny, unimportant territory. The fate of the tenants of that territory did not much seem to matter to them; and even the reward of those tenants’ loyalty seemed thin enough to me.


  • Il n'est pas de sauveurs suprêmes
    Ni Dieu, ni César, ni tribun
    Producteurs, sauvons-nous nous-mêmes
    Décrétons le salut commun
    Pour que le voleur rende gorge
    Pour tirer l'esprit du cachot
    Soufflons nous-mêmes notre forge
    Battons le fer quand il est chaud
  • You have to do it yourself, no one else will do it for you. You must work out your own salvation.
    • Charles E. Popplestoen, in “The Road to Begin Your Life (27 September 2007)”, 58.


  • Allah will deliver the righteous to their place of salvation: no evil shall touch them, nor shall they grieve.
  • And there is the type of man who gives his life to earn the pleasure of Allah: And Allah is full of kindness to (His) devotees.
  • Then those whose balance (of good deeds) is heavy,- they will attain salvation: But those whose balance is light, will be those who have lost their souls, in Hell will they abide.



  • This salvation is just the same as to the persons to whom it is sent. It is to be preached, now, as always, to every creature under Heaven. But it appeals with a peculiar power to those who are guilty and who, by God's Grace, confess their guilt. It appeals to hearts that are broken, to men who are weary and heavy laden. It is to these that the Gospel comes with great sweetness


A.W. Tozer:... Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him. He oppressed must be saved,
not with a revolutionary salvation,
in mere human fashion,
but with the holy revolution of the Son of Man,
who dies on the cross to cleanse God’s image,
which is soiled in today’s humanity,
a humanity so enslaved,
so selfish, so sinful.


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