"Three things are necessary for the salvation of man:
to know what he ought to believe;
to know what he ought to desire;
and to know what he ought to do."
Saint Thomas Aquinas
(1225-1274) Italian philosopher and theologian
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Those three elements may be part of a greater plan. The main thing necessary for the salvation of man is a savior (simple science and the application of Natural justice - too much to address in this forum). Also, there is the tangible "BE", which is the foundation and, beyond the believe, desire and do.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    In Aquinas' oeuvre salavation had everything to do with an after life. Although his precepts are good I don't embrace the idea that they should be followed for the sake of anchieving angel-hood...how about just living up to the more-real impreative of this worldly journey.
     -- EGL, LA     
    It is one thing to "know" these things... and it is another to actually believe them, desire just them, and to actually do them.
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    Three of the things necessary to the integrity and wellbeing of humankind are: discard the crutches of religion depend on one's own reasoning exercise tolerance and kindness
     -- Dick, Fort Worth     
    Dick, Excellent! Believe in kindness, desire kindness, and do kindness - we are the key to our own salvation.
     -- Robert, Sarasota     
    If we are the key to our own salvation, then we each become our own gods, worshiping our own disires, expecting kindness to ourselves by others. The world becomes a pantheon of godlets whose behavior is as petty to each other as those sitting on Olympus, hurling lightning bolts at one another. The beauty of a Supreme Being is that He puts us in our place, and reminds us that each of us and our desires are not the center of the universe. As Voltaire said, "If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him." Fortunely, I don't have to invent one.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    There is much I know I should do -- so why don't I do it? ;-) There does not seem to be a shortage of good advice, only a shortage of following it...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- EGL, LA      
    I disagree. You can know what you need to know to attain "salvation" but I don't believe it can be obtained by simply knowing.I believe you must walk the talk.
     -- Me Again     
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