Collective Salvation

This is from Wikipedia:

Collective salvation is a quasi-contract religious concept that is the antithesis of individual or personal salvation. It is a mandate of social justice which projects rights not normally given by the laws of a country or state. Its premises are based on dialogue, not accepted doctrine. It supports the perpetual Marxist class struggle for the self-claimed “divine” purpose of a socialist nirvana under the concept of progressive millennialism.

Those that believe in collective salvation often claim Christianity and other religions as their base religion, but see all religions as one of many paths toward salvation. They stress that any form of salvation must be first a collective action of society becoming one in equality by overturning the past sins of human society and the pillage of the environment.

In religion, salvation is the concept that, as part of divine providence, God saves people, both:

from biological death, by providing for them an eternal life (cf. afterlife).

from spiritual death, by providing divine law, illumination, and judgment.

The world’s religions hold varying positions on the way to attain salvation and on what it means.

The focus here is on liberal collective salvation in contrast to the general Christian concept of individual salvation.

In general, “Christian salvation” mandates acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as one’s personal savior. This is through an acceptance of a vicarious or substitutionary death and resurrection of Christ, who will intercede upon his disciples resurrection after mortal death. The English Standard version of the Bible, Acts 4:12 states:

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Emerging liberal theology, and (black & other) liberation theology groups claim to be various branches of liberal and/or progressive Christianity.

“Out of necessity, the black church rarely had the luxury of separating individual salvation from collective salvation.” -Senator Barack Obama

These liberal/progressive churches generally define “salvation” in a post-modern view of Christianity as a general dialogue or conversation rather than a set of doctrines. Progressive Christian Hal Taussig declares that one must be participatory in spirit and physical worship, with an intellectual willingness to question the capitalist order and to promote social diversity every where. One should have an affirmation of Christian faith, within the social order, respecting and interacting equally with all faiths. In addition, the Progressive Christian must have strong ecological concerns and social justice commitments in rebuilding a more perfect social society. Both Progressive & Liberal Christians lean toward and support liberation theology where collective salvation triumphs individual salvation. They generally believe that the Bible is not the literal word of God. They recognize Jesus Christ, but most do not view him as the only way to God, but one of many pathways, within different religions.

They both declare that to achieve ‘individual’ salvation, it is dependent on all members achieving a group or collective salvation first. Their emphases are inclusiveness and acceptance of all life on earth as their basic belief posture and stress a corrective social agenda called social justice.

“Because our individual salvation depends on collective salvation.” – Democratic candidate Barack Obama

Collective salvation or social deliverance is needed from the effects of social or personal sins against society or humanity. In this context, salvation represents liberation of all social groups to repair social and environmental relationships. This is to seek a societal deliverance to create in a more perfect or collective socialist order. This is done by supporting the rise of the various environmental, gay & lesbian and other liberation groups in reordering and restructuring society by social justice actions on a global scale.

Collective salvation is done by the raising up of the oppressed and marginalized, and the equal distribution of material and financial products produced by the capitalist society. Once over-turned, such a society then can be remade into a form of earthly socialist utopia. This is where collective salvation shall be mandated for the benefit of society.

Liberation theology’s principal methodological innovation is seeing a collective salvation theology from the perspective of the poor and the oppressed (socially, politically, etc.). This is the basic requirement of social justice. Per former Jesuit Catholic Priest Jon Sobrino, “the poor are a privileged channel of God’s grace.” According to former Roman Catholic Priest Phillip Berryman, liberation theology is “an interpretation of Christian faith through the poor’s suffering, their struggle and hope, and a critique of society and the Catholic faith and Christianity through the eyes of the poor.” In practice, liberation theology includes the Marxist concept of perpetual class struggle, thus emphasizing the person’s individual self-actualization or radicalization as part of God’s divine purpose for the social restructuring of all mankind. Most elements of liberation theologies have been rejected by the Catholic Church and by Christianity in general.


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2 responses to “Collective Salvation

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