The Craft of Salvation or Being Well No Matter How Life Is.
Salvation and Redemption are ancient abstract words for Resilience. You can find this truth in the roots of the words, something you can find in any dictionary, the kind of search you don’t need science and sophisticated education for.
When we ask ourselves “How to save myself? How to save my soul?” what we really ask and need is “How to be well no matter how life is or becomes? How to be more resilient?”
Let’s explore the roots and dive in the dictionary for a moment.
What is resilience?
In dictionary, resilience means resistance to shock, an occurrence of rebounding or springing back. The physical property of material that can resume its shape after being stretched or deformed. Elasticity. The mental ability to recover quickly from depression, illness or misfortune. The ability to be flexible and change the response to suit various types of movement. The ability to cope with life experiences.
Psychological resilience refers to the positive adaptation to difficult traumatic conditions, keeping mental health intact. Resilience comes from the Latin resilio term, “return, ricochet, stand out.” The term has been adapted in psychology and other social sciences, referring to people who, although undergoing stressful or traumatic situations, are not psychologically affected. Resilience is what makes us mentally strong, something we can also become and improve.
What is salvation?
Means of preserving from harm or unpleasantness. The process of being restored or made new for the purpose of becoming saved. The process of being rid of the old poor quality conditions and becoming improved. The act of saving; preservation or deliverance from destruction, danger, or great calamity. (Theologically) The redemption of man from the bondage of sin, liability to eternal death, a serious evil, and the conferring on him of everlasting happiness.
What is redeeming/redemption?
To restore the honor or worth of. To set free by force. To clear, release from debt or blame. To save from a state of sin (and from its consequences). To reform, change (for the better). To reclaim. To purchase back; to regain possession of by payment of a stipulated price; to repurchase.
As we can see, when we say salvation, redemption and resilience, we mean the same thing.