Is salvation a matter of choices, attitudes, relationships and debts? Is God extrinsic to us? Is our salvation about being considered righteous by God?
Or is our salvation a matter of our very being? Are we verging on non-existence? Is sin the result of a process of death and decay at work in us? Is righteousness an actual state of being?
Pascha is upon us. We sing:
Christ is Risen from the dead: trampling down death by [His] death,
and upon those in the tombs bestowing [His] Life.
Our salvation is ontological in nature. Orthodox Christians in America must be careful to truly reckon this to be true and live it, since our culture is imbued with the idea that Christ's sacrifice on the Cross somehow paid a debt to a capricious and angry Father.
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