Salvation—A Modern Concept?

What does it mean to the modernist when one speaks of being saved? To many people this concept seems to have a very dated connotation. It may seem trite, passé, or perhaps strictly theological in its context. At any rate, many may question whether or not it applies to present-day life and experience.

The usual religious interpretation of salvation links this term with rescue from sin; but because of modern, changing concepts of morality the meaning and value of salvation has become obscured in public thought. This does not change the basic need nor obviate the necessity of redemption from evil. The problems of today do not differ essentially from the problems of ancient time. The experiences related in the Scriptures have remarkable parallels in this generation. What remains to be done is simply to update the meaning or the interpretation of these Biblical concepts.

September 23, 1967

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