Salvation did not always mean eternal life in heaven after death. The redefinition of "salvation" as "healing" is even newer.
For a long time, salvation meant who will be spared from God's wrath when God writes the final chapter of human story, in fire and ice and blood.
|Some scientists believe that the human |
population was reduced to
a few thousand people
100,000 to 70,000 years ago.
Who shall be saved?
|Armed Guard outside Davos Congess|
Center, the site of the ultra-elite
conference, high in the Swiss Alps.
The gated communities in our suburbs are emblems of the global future.
Consider the moral implications of believing that only a few will survive. Does it matter really then, if they die now, or later? If we imagine that even God is indifferent to their suffering, why should we care?
Unitarian Universalists are heirs to a religious tradition that disagrees. We believe in Universal Salvation: all of humanity is a single unit. Our faith is that we share a common fate. For us, the climate crisis is a struggle for global justice and solidarity.