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'''Mântuirea''' is the goal of [[Christianity]], and the purpose of the [[Ecclesiology|Church]]. The theology of salvation is called '''''soteriology'''''. Orthodox Christianity strongly believes that [[God]] became man, so that man may become like God. This concept of [[theosis]], rejects that salvation is a positive result to a legalistic dilemma, but a healing process. Orthodoxy views our inclination to [[sin]] as a symptom of a malady that needs treatment, not just a transgression that requires retribution. One of the distinctive characteristics of Orthodox Christian thinking is that it sees the [[Gospel]] message not as law, but as relationship. It speaks of the mystery of the [[Holy Trinity]] in terms of the relationship of love that exists among them. To join in that love is the work that will lead to salvation.