Abductive Columns

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Do We Need to Retool Our "Salvation" Metaphors

I am currently thinking through the implications of our usage of metaphors for the ignition point of life with God. So many of our metaphors make it sound as if "salvation" is something we possess. But is it possible that phrases like "asking Jesus into my heart,” or "Jesus lives inside of me," or “being baptized into Jesus” are misleading when it comes to the nature of one’s salvation life?

What if salvation is fundamentally relational—not possessional as so many of our metaphors imply? Think about the implications...


At 4:15 PM, Blogger john alan turner said...

I think it's clear that salvation defies these kinds of attempts at categorization. Scripture speaks of salvation in various tenses. In one place we're assured that we are saved. In another place we're told that we are being saved. In still another place, we are told to look forward to the day when we will be saved.

Scripture does this without feeling the need to explain it away.

The danger in only expressing salvation in a "step-across-the-line" sort of way is that it ignores the process -- the journey.

However, the pendulum swings in both directions. If we only refer to the journey of salvation, we miss the richness of those touchstone moments when we drive a stake in the ground.

As with so many things -- can we avoid the either/or in favor of the both/and?


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