According to Catholic
; Hebrew yeshu'ah
), has in Scriptural language the general meaning of liberation from straitened circumstances or from other evils, and of a translation into a state of freedom and security (I Kings, chapter 11 , verse 13; 14, 45; II Kings, 23, 10; IV Kings, 13, 17). At times it expresses God
's help against Israel's enemies, at other times, the Divine blessing bestowed on the produce of the soil (Is., xlv, 8). As sin is the greatest evil, being the root and source of all evil, Sacred Scripture
uses the word "salvation" mainly in the sense of liberation of the human race or of individual man from sin and its consequences. We shall first consider the salvation of the human race, and then salvation as it is verified in the individual man.
Salvation of the human race
Catholic theology defends and explains questions of the possibility of the salvation of mankind or upon its appropriateness (according to Catholic belief, since God has done as such, it must be both possible and appropriate). Catholic theology believes that after God had freely determined to save the human race, He might have done so by pardoning man's sins without having recourse to the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity. Still, the Incarnation of the Word is believed to be the most fitting means for the salvation of man, and, according to Catholicism, was even necessary, in case God claimed full satisfaction for the injury... Read More