Many people, at one point or another in their lives, find themselves confronted by the question, can you loose your salvation? The question is difficult to address because the answers do depend on how we live our lives. In short, the answer is yes, you can loose your salvation if you allow it to happen. The long answer, of course, is more complicated and to explore it will unveil the unique aspects of our existence that we must tap into in order to change the question from, 'can you loose your salvation', to 'how do you go about maintaining your salvation'? As has been discussed before, salvation means saving in the late stages, which presupposes that if we maintain a proper life, we would never need salvation. With this in mind, if we require salvation to correct a wayward path that we have taken in life, and we manage to achieve that salvation but then once again allow ourselves to stray, then we again loose our salvation and must start anew. However, the beauty of our spiritual nature is that the loss of this type of salvation is not permanent and only requires that we reapply ourselves and commit to achieving our own salvation. When it comes to the every day aspects of our lives and the things we must do to find and maintain our salvation, it is possible to lose our salvation, but in the same light, it is very possible to start over and achieve it again.
A more complex issue arises to the question, can you lose your salvation, when we ask the question in terms of our salvation as spiritual beings and our inheritance of the Kingdom of God. Many religions hold the belief that one cannot achieve salvation or the Kingdom of God without the help of that religion. In fact, religions such as Catholicism actually believe that if someone separated from the Catholic Church, not only would salvation be impossible, but that person would face eternal damnation as well. In this sense, when we talk about salvation, each of us must decide what it is we really believe deep down inside. Do we believe that there is no possibility of God reaching down and touching us with his love and forgiveness without the presence of some religious authority? Do we really believe that we have no personal interaction with God without the guidance of organized religion and that to try it without such structure is to risk eternal damnation? Or do you believe that religion provides for a sense of community and support and as a guiding force for those who might not be able to find their way, yet the actual responsibility of achieving our salvation rests upon the actions and deeds of ourselves. There are no trick questions or right or wrong answers. Each of us must decide the pathway we must take. For some, there can be no salvation without the intervention of religion. You can read more about this in the section, Spirituality vs Religion, where we discuss the preferences of the individual. For others, there can be no salvation without the purely individual journey to find our own personal reckoning with God. Perhaps the truth is that God predetermines which path we must take in response to our actions or our spiritual maturity. Perhaps, for some, salvation is a constant companion that never seems to leave their side, and for others, it is an elusive destination that can take many lifetimes to achieve. Each of us must discover the details of our own final salvation and use whatever spiritual tools that are available to us in order to manifest ourselves in the Kingdom of God.
But the question still remains; Can you lose your salvation? We can veer off our every day path toward our spiritual destination, and when this occurs, we can loose sight of our salvation. But once we complete the necessary salvation steps and find the way to our salvation, it is not something to be lost, for one does not achieve it and enter into the Kingdom of God and then lose that privilege. The task at hand is to find our own salvation, and that is where all of our energy should be directed and not into the worry of losing it once we have already arrived at that destination.
This is a personal experience that varies for each of us, and in this sense, our salvation, or even our need for salvation becomes something of our own doing. We each must discover the needs of our own spirit and then we must be completely honest with ourselves in determining the things we must do to achieve our path to salvation, and then commit ourselves to that journey.
If it is possible to lose our salvation, then it is possible to reclaim it. The important thing is not to get caught up in the fear and worry of the process and lose sight of the common goal - to achieve a place in the Kingdom of God. Salvation is a personal journey and it is one that we control the direction of, or the need for. In this sense we never lose our salvation completely, we just lose sight of it from time to time.