“What use will your prayer be to God?” ask the swarthy workers of the earth.
You speak rightly, sons of earth. What use is the mariner’s telescope to the North Star, when it sees the mariner even without a telescope? But do not ask me, since you already know, what use a telescope is to a mariner.
Prayer is necessary for me, lest I lose sight of the salvation-bearing Star, but the Star does not need it to keep from losing me.
What would become of my inner vision, if I were to stop training it with prayer?
St. Nicolai Velemirovich, Prayers by the Lake, XL.
So you’re saying that only those who have been baptized can be saved?
A centuries-old question among Christians of different denominational persuasions; but somehow, without fail, the person who asks it always seems to do so with an air of novelty.
Honestly, I find it surprising that the question endures. It’s the result of backwards thinking, really. This question actually results from looking at salvation from the wrong perspective, one which assumes that God is the One in need and the process of salvation is a matter of satisfying God. As if God was the great almighty micro-manager somewhere up there, Who has set up a series of rules and regulations that must be respected and obeyed…or else! Let’s figure out what God is demanding of us, what would satisfy and make Him happy, and then we will know what it is that we need to do in order to be saved.
Have you figured out the system? He approves of those who follow the rules and turns His back on those who fail to do so, right? Of course, this assumes that God was created in the image and likeness of man and not the other way around.
Mary Johnson at the evlogia blog.