Q&A: Reconciling Humanity to God

Reconciling Humanity to God

What is the ultimate goal of redemption?

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The ultimate goal of salvation is for humanity to be reconciled to God, to return humanity to its original place of honor and righteousness. While salvation includes the forgiveness of sins, and the restoration of humanity's relationship with God, what's more important is that we can receive an even greater glory, and be restored to our original position in creation. In this way, humanity and God have an absolutely perfect and good union and fellowship. So, speaking from this point of view, Christianity is not like typical religions. Our ultimate goal is not to resolve our difficulties, but to return to God, to be reunited with him, and to achieve the original perfect place that humanity once had.

Answer by Dr. Stephen Chan

Dr. Stephen Chan is the Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University