Christians: Why do you want salvation?
I’ve always been baffled by the desire to be “saved” from one’s sins. If something is a sin, then it’s not like breaking the State’s laws, where one might be able to argue that it was broken in support of a higher good or that the law itself is unjust. By definition, a sin is an objective, unarguable act of evil. If you know that you’ve done evil, why would you want to get out of being responsible for it?
Consider, the argument that Yeshua had to suffer on the cross to atone for our sins is that Yahweh, being a perfect entity, cannot abide evil or imperfection. So he manifested himself as a human being so that he could pay the price he himself demands, allowing human beings to escape their just punishment.
If you know that what you have done is wrong and evil – and if you believe in sin, then you must – then why on Earth would you want to make someone else pay for what you’ve done, then reap the benefits both of your evil act and the reward for not doing it? It seems to me that the desire to avoid punishment for acts of evil is itself an evil act.
Can any of you explain why you think you deserve salvation?