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This introductory chapter of the book, which explores how Confucians understand the Christian doctrine of salvation. The term "Salvation" in the New and Old Testaments of the Bible derives ultimately from the Greek word "Soteria" and the Hebrew word "Yshuwah", respectively. It includes a panoply of meanings, including deliverance, protection, preservation, prosperity, safety, soundness, healing, and the ministry of angels. The concept "faith" can be understood as an objective "gift of grace" from God which enables a person to believe the gospel and imparts a subjective "wish and decision" to believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Christians, who consider Confucianism as part of their identities, are called Modern Christian Confucians. Ching Feng is the ecumenical journal, which more than any other periodical has emphasized the relationship between Christianity and Confucianism.

Keywords: Bible; Christianity; Confucians; faith; God; salvation

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