What are we being saved from?

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What are we being saved from?

Postby spongebob » Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:48 am

I have this idea in my head, but can't get a full grasp of it. It has to do with the concept of being saved. This is different depending on which Christian background you have and even more different in other religions. The standard protocol for most protestants is that Jesus sacrificed himself to atone for all human sin and offers everyone the opportunity to be saved from the torment of hell, from Satan. But here's my problem. God allowed Satan to fall from grace, to create and rule over hell, thus allowing the problem to exist. From a literature standpoint I see all of this as metaphor but I have to treat it literally here because in most protestant religions, it is taken literally.

So what exactly is Jesus saving people from? And how can we say if Satan has any influence on people at all? If a person lives a humble and selfless life, is generous and kind, he is clearly not under the control of Satan even if his only sin is rejecting the dogma of religion. I understand religion's allure for people who struggle with the demons of substance abuse, promiscuous sex, gambling and a whole host of human temptations. Religion can be an inspiration for change for these people. It can also offer some solace for people suffering from deep sorrow. But for those that do not need religion for these things, I'm at a loss for what value it offers. I'm at a loss for the very notion that there is a being called Satan who supposedly promotes evil in the world. When the vast majority of people I'm associated with behave themselves 99% of the time, I just don't understand this model. What am I missing here?
Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.
~Bertrand Russell

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