“We are involved in a partnership with the universe which promises a better day for humankind.”
On January 12, 1964, Rabbi Olan spoke about salvation: a word used by many religions, each with their own understanding. Rather than teaching a lesson on comparitive religions, Olan used his air time to focus on the meaning of salvation in biblical, prophetic Judaism.
“The unique feature in the prophetic view of salvation is that man must do his part in bringing it about. The tradition speaks of God and man as co-workers in the building of the kingdom.”
For Olan, salvation is not an escape from the world’s problems. Instead it is a deliverance through them, working with other people who want to make the world a better place, and undergirded by God’s ever-present help. “All [people] are, or can be, active participants in the scheme of salvation.”
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