A common question asked by many Evangelicals or Protestants is, ‘Are you saved?’ The answer, for them, is that if you have proclaimed Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, then you are saved. You are saved by making this formal statement. Some Catholics may respond to this question with ‘Yes, I am saved,’ meaning that at their Baptism they received sanctifying grace, and it follows that if they die in this state of grace, they should enter into eternal life. Whilst this is an acceptable way of interpreting the meaning of the question to be consistent with the Catholic faith, the problem with the question, ‘Are you saved?’ and the way of thinking behind it is that it diminishes the meaning of hope.
We must recognize that this phrase originates with the Protestant view of salvation. This view is that simply by believing in salvation through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and he being our personal Lord and Savior, we are saved. The truth, however, is that we are not saved. Our salvation is still in anticipation. To falsely place this anticipation into the realm of actuality is to destroy hope entirely.