These two recently posted comic strips present two opposite answers to the question “So how does salvation happen?” Both of these are answers that I’ve held at different times in my life, though neither satisfies my heart currently.
The first which is titled “It’s All About Me!” pulls from Arminianism for its view of salvation. The main stumbling point to this view is it focuses on what a person does or does not do. The person is the causative factor, and God provides salvation afterwards as the effect. “It will happen because I have done what is required for it to happen.”
The second which is titles “It’s All About God!” Pulls from the Calvinism for its view of salvation. The main stumbling point to this view is that it focuses on what God does or does not do. God is the causative factor, and the person receives salvation prior to any action on their part. “It will happen because God has said it will happen.”
Soon I will be posting a different view of salvation, one that seems best to me at this time in my life. This is important because our view of salvation can influence other beliefs as well and make a difference in how we live.
You may have noticed that I used the same New Testament verse as a support for both views.
I am the good shepherd.” John 10:11 (NRSV)
This is a verse about relationship, and so when salvation is viewed as being about relationship, it is much easier to step outside of traditional thought and look for new understanding. Maybe it’s not all up to me or all up to God 100%. Maybe it’s both and neither simultaneously from the very beginning.