When religious people discuss salvation, they usually mean eternal life. In the West the concept of salvation is predominately influenced by Individualism; in the East, the philosophy of Solidarity gives it a unique collective sense.
Whether referring to the life of the individual or the continuity of the people, the problem remains the same. How long is enough time?
We acknowledge the word salvation has multiple meanings in the Bible.
Eternal life is unlimited time. But is this what we really want?
Time is a divine construct. It was itself created by God in our beginning. Time by its nature is not eternal for these reasons:
1. Matter and energy (in the form of movement) are the elements of time; and,
2. Time is conceived when matter moves between two fixed points; therefore,
3. Time is confined to a three-dimensional world.
It is likely that when we yearn for eternal life as unlimited time, we are really wanting to be free from the strictures of time; and, like God, we want to be unbound rather than time-bound. When thusly considered, we must conclude that as Creator, God exists in a dimension beyond our three dimensions and inconceivable to our way of thinking.
Unnumbered people have fought and died for eternal life. One wonders whether they understood the object of their pursuit.