Salvation, what is it?
Often we see the argument and sometimes it comes as viciousness in a velvet glove about the statement, "There is no salvation outside the Church". This meandering and somewhat meaningless discussion is posited on behalf of those whose pride does not allow them to be wrong or as liberals say, "You must keep an open mind on the subject", which is often the furthest idea from their minds. First what is the Church? No one can deny it is the community instituted by Christ with a covenant witnessed by a fiery agreement with God. This is the Descent of the Holy Spirit in tongues or as tongues of fire upon Mary and the Apostles at Pentecost. To say there is a new Pentecost is the submission to the idea we have a new church different than the Apostles, a heresy and a breaking of the old covenant. Is this the form of ecumenism existing today? Ask yourselves this question seriously. The Church is an institution of this world set up and acts within the parameters that Christ gave it. That is with a worldly head, a sacrificial priesthood, sacrifice and sacraments that make us worthy to offer the sacrifice. This is what Christ gave us and left us with. Anything else although we make the claim it is, is not the community Christ, the Living Word of God left us with. To be outside those parameters is outside the Ministry of the Church, our spiritual legality. Forget all the high flown definitions, that is the Church, period!
Now what is salvation? We earn it by believing in and following the Word of God in all His actions, commandments, directives and Life. What is the reward? The reward is what our Church calls the Beatific Vision, which I believe we all receive at the moment we are conceived in as a thought or a spark of God's paternal mind, yet for those of us who are thoughts conceived after Adam's this vision is clouded and hidden from our view by the concupiscence due to Adam's sin of pride and disobedience. The original sin that weakens our innocence to the point where we abuse it regularly. We are all created according to God's will.
So salvation is regaining that Vision receiving it in eternity. When we die or pass over into eternity, after we close our eyes in repose in this world, we should be able to open our eyes in our new life to see and share in this vision . That is salvation, entering directly into heaven. Very few outside the Church gain this advantage. although the Church does maintain their are others that do. The rest of us if not seriously encumbered by grave sin, that is outright refusal to obey the Word of God and all He taught, lived and showed us in His life on Earth end up in Purgatory (another temporal place like this world) where we "Pay as the Parable says. every cent of our debt". Jesus as we know died for pagans, gentiles and jews as far as I know this has not changed, but He made it quite clear we have to believe in what is the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth. Once we have the knowledge of the Name of Jesus we are bound to examine all it means. Not to do so is perilous to our eternal life