Dr. Lazar Milin

Dogma of redemption and salvation

pages: 107-122

Abstract

In this article the author, dealing with the dogma of redemption and salvation, maintains the following points: 1) Although man finds his pleasure with this earthly life, yet in his nature is deeply rooted a feeling that this life is »emptiness and chasing the wind« (Eccl. 1,14), and for that reason Mankind yearns constantly for redemption and salvation. This yearning is expressed in different ways by different philosophies and religions, but in the fullest way it is expressed through the Christian dogmatics and finally fulfilled in Christ's Person.

2) The author proves with the quotations from the Bible that the dogma of redemption represents the essence of the Christian religion, as well as that this redemption was realized by Christ, especially through His suffering and death for Mankind.

3) Explaining the theological meaning of the dogma of redemption, the author argues that there is no salvation without purification. But the purification must be an objective reality, as well as an inward, subjective reality. The former consists in the satisfaction of the law of the Divine justice, which runs as follows, »the wage for sin is death« (Rom. 6,23); and the latter consists in the inward rebirth, which is helped by the compassionate Christ's love shown on Golgotha. Thus, the author combines the so called »theory of satisfaction« held by many theologians with the »theory of compassionate love«, held by Metropolitan Antony (Chrapovicki) of Kiev.

4) At last the author refutes different objections against the dogma of redemption made by the Jewish and Pagan religions, as well as by occultism, Schopenhauer, some biologists and astronomers.

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