- the act of saving or protecting from harm, risk, loss, destruction, etc.
- the state of being saved or protected from harm, risk, etc.
- a source, cause, or means of being saved or protected from harm, risk, etc.
- Theology. deliverance from the power and penalty of sin; redemption.
- the act of preserving or the state of being preserved from harm
- a person or thing that is the means of preserving from harm
- Christianity deliverance by redemption from the power of sin and from the penalties ensuing from it
- Christian Science the realization that Life, Truth, and Love are supreme and that they can destroy such illusions as sin, death, etc
n.c.1200, originally in the Christian sense, “the saving of the soul,” from Old French salvaciun and directly from Late Latin salvationem (nominative salvatio, a Church Latin translation of Greek soteria), noun of action from past participle stem of salvare “to save” (see save (v.)). In general (non-religious) sense, attested from late 14c. Meaning “source of salvation” is from late 14c. Salvation Army is from 1878, founded by the Rev. William Booth. Being “saved” among Christians (see also Christian); salvation is freedom from the effects of the Fall of Man. This freedom comes through faith in Jesus, who is called in the New Testament “the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.” The Apostles taught that those who experience salvation in their lifetime on Earth and continue in their friendship with God will inherit eternal happiness in heaven. In Christianity, union or friendship with God and deliverance from original sin (see also original sin) and damnation. Jesus promised salvation to his followers.