What does it feel like to be saved?
Are you saved by what you believe?
I use the term “saved” cautiously, knowing that it won’t communicate what I mean to many, especially (but not limited to) my atheist friends. But I want to be clear: Living into the Way of Jesus is neither a set of beliefs you subscribe to, nor a set of actions you aspire to.
There’s a longstanding see-saw debate among Christians: Are you saved by what you believe? Or saved by what you do?
If I may I be so bold: No. And no.
Actually, the word “saved” isn’t a tripping point only for atheists, is it? Hey Christians: If you think being saved means “going to heaven when you die,” well, I don’t know what to tell you. Maybe “enlightened” is a better word? Or drawing from the ST:TNG episode Darmok: “Sokath, his eyes uncovered!” The world opens. Everything changes.
For some (like me), the first time was sudden, like a switch being flipped. For others (like Kay) it was gradual, more like a dimmer switch. Either way, there’s a light that makes all the difference. Sokath, his eyes open.
So what does it feel like to be saved? Here’s an illustration, of the switch-flipping variety. And literally, it is a switch being flipped — of a cochlear implant in a woman who has never heard before.
The world opens. Everything changes.
What do you think? I’d love to hear from you, regardless of your spiritual inclinations or lack thereof. Leave a comment below!