"Christian religionists have defined salvation as resolution of destiny, instead of a relationship... The purpose of salvation is to redeem you back to the Father. Your eternal destiny is a by-product of that."
--Wayne Jacobsen, in a discussion of why all the details about Hell are so important to believers.
It's an interesting thought. And maybe he's right--maybe the discussion of Heaven and Hell causes us to focus on the "what" of salvation, rather than the "Who."