So there I am at Waisenstraße 14-16 in Berlin at The Last Chance restaurant. Hey what’s a guy to do when he is on a walk with his two friends Marty and Al. They wanted beer. I wanted an espresso made with Cafe Llave coffee grounds. The German waitress brought two enormous Roter Ochsen (Red Ox) beer steins. They quaffed half the steins. It was about nine in the morning. I thought, “Ok. This is how Germans drink beer. What do I know. I’m just an observer.” So I continue reading the second reading from the Pentecost Vigil Mass, Romans 8:22-27. I’m using my iPad.
Hey Johnny boy, bring over that Gutenberg Marty shouts. This guy fishes for apples, and uses a new net called inter. This other guy is talking about traveling at the relative speed of light to get to heaven and be saved. I want to show them in black and white that we are saved by one thing alone. Mr. Calvin drops the enormous bible on the table. My espresso spills onto my slice of chocolate cake. Al and Marty catch their steins mid-air and with one motion drain the steins to the bottom and order two more steins. I pay with dollars and the waitress says not nicely, “Gold Mr. Catholic Answers forums. I realize the entire restaurant is looking at me intensely. People are crowding into Zur Letzten Instanz. Time (relatively according to Professor Einstein) to appeal for help from my partners on the Sacred Scriptures thread.” So I ask you gentle reader, why could there ever be any discussion about salvation if Paul clearly states in the New American Bible translation (Rom 8:25) that “…we must hope to be saved since we are not saved yet…”
[size=]Why are there any apologetic arguments, why is there any dramatic arguments about salvation, why is there any salvation controversy?[/size]
I’m just aching to see someone write a book about the drama of salvation and settle this salvation controversy once and for all.