Being saved is about love not fear

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Jesus did not come to conquer, intimidate, or scare us. He came to save us with love.

Growing up in South Texas as a teenager on multiple occasions we were exposed to the concept of being saved. The message that a fate of hellfire and damnation for eternity was our destination was espoused by evangelical protestants and the Roman Catholics. We were doomed to eternal torture unless we were saved weighed heavily on my mind. Adolescence is a transitional time leaving the magical assumptions of childhood to beginning confrontation of the realities of adult life. We become aware that mortal life will end and that we have to assume some responsibility for consequences of our actions. The goal was to instill so much fear into me that I would seek to be saved. It was not about love.

The Greek word σῴζω (sōzō) is used in Acts, Romans, Matthew, Corinthians, and Ephesians. It is translated to saved in English. In Greek it refers more then just escaping a fate or punishment. This word goes farther to imply not just escape but deliverance. Forgiveness of sin, healing, and restoration from a loving God are included as outcomes in this concept of being saved. There is a real transformation from being in a state of sin to a rebirth and rejoining with Christ.

This emphasis of love not intimidation drew me into the Episcopal Church. Even in it’s early Anglican ancestry of the Celtic Church it stressed the message of good news over intimidation by damnation more then it’s continental contemporaries.

This transformation is powered by God’s love for mankind. This transformation changes us from being self-directed away from God to seeking God. All that is required is that we accept Jesus the Word of God, our Savior as our true and only delivery.

Professor Tony Magana

Dr. Tony Magana is Professor Emeritus in Neurosurgery who spent many years doing international teaching and research including 10 years in Ethiopia. Over the past 15 years he concomitantly intensified his Christian faith through study and worship through the Episcopal Church. He grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Attended Texas A&M University, Harvard Medical School, and trained at the University of Miami. Additionally he took the University of South Education for Ministry as well as attending the Southeast Florida Episcopal Diocesan School for Christian Studies.
Professor Tony Magana, a seasoned neurosurgeon, has not only dedicated his life to medical practice but also embarked on a profound spiritual journey. Over the past 15 years, he has deepened his Christian faith through study and worship within the Episcopal Church. His experiences span international teaching, research, and a decade of service in Ethiopia
Dr. Tony Magana’s writings blend faith, compassion, and wisdom, inviting readers to explore the intersection of spirituality and the human experience. His journey serves as an inspiration for those seeking deeper connections with faith and humanity.

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