Now, we live comfortably owing to the benefits of a highly developed mechanistic civilization. But, we are still not happy. We still feel as oppressed as before. Although it has become more convenient, life is not comfortable. Even though we can travel fast, the mind is not inspired. Though we associate with others, we feel lonely. Though we take this or that, we are never satisfied. Modern life seems to be driving us into a suffocating corner. Unpredictable wars, population explosions, despoiled nature, degenerating morals in society, acute egoism, dehumanization, frequent natural disasters, peace will not come, although we fight at risk of our lives. Where is Earth heading? We expected that science might bring human happiness and world peace through supreme material affluence and convenience. But, science has only left us many insoluble problems.
Now, it is becoming clear that science, which brings material affluence and physical conveniences, cannot give us eternal happiness and stability. Now, we cannot solve the modern human crisis through revolution or materialistic civilization. If this is so, what should we do? We must not develop the external materialistic world any more, but check ourselves fundamentally. First of all, we must know ourselves accurately, and then we ourselves must change through practising right according to correct standards of judgement. All the problems and their solutions exist only in human beings themselves. When we attain self-perfection and become immortal, all these problems will be solved eternally and perfectly.
Therefore, the definition of salvation is the attainment of man’s self-perfection and immortality. So long as man does not achieve self-perfection and immortality, man can never be eternally happy. Because man was originally an immortal and perfect being, God. We can learn this fact from the Bible. Man’s first ancestors, Adam and Eve, were immortal, before they ate the Forbidden Fruit. Let’s see the difference between “before and after” their eating of the Forbidden Fruit. After having eaten the Forbidden Fruit, God said to Adam and Eve, “To the woman, He said, ‘I will greatly increase your pregnancy-troubles: you shall suffer birth-pangs.’ And to Adam, He said, ‘Because you have yielded to your wife’s suggestion and have eaten from the tree concerning which I gave you the order, ‘Do not eat of it’, cursed is the soil on your account; by toil you shall eat from it all your life. Thorns and thistles it shall grow for you and you must eat herbs of the field. By the sweat of your brow you must make a living until you return to the ground, because out of it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you shall return’”(Genesis 3:16-19).
From these facts, we can deduce the wages of sin are as follows; First, from that time man has borne children. Second, from that time man has had to work to survive. Third, from that time, man has fallen into becoming a mortal being. In other words, if Adam and Eve had not eaten the Forbidden Fruit, they would not have needed to give birth to children, work, nor die. What is most noticeable is that, eating the Forbidden Fruit, meant the beginning of man’s unhappiness.
Meanwhile, Adam and Eve lived in paradise, the Kingdom of God. Heaven is the land of God. Only God can live in Heaven. Therefore, Adam and Eve were God. God, Adam and Eve formed the Trinity, not God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Therefore, God ate the Forbidden Fruit(in fact, God was eaten by the Forbidden Fruit, that is, Satan and degraded to becoming a mortal being, man. So, salvation means man’s recovering God’s original features and power, that is, self-perfection, immortality, omnipotence and omniscience.