Many people have their ideas of what salvation is and what it does. That's fine but often deadly. If you believed that faith in a tree would give you eternal salvation, you would be eternally wrong. If you are wrong about anything, you don’t want to be wrong about where you spend eternity.
Years ago, I read an intriguing leadership book called, "Leadership and Self-deception." The main them was that we often treat people in the workplace (and in life) as objects, not as people. When this happens, they feel it, and they began to treat others like objects and a tragic, impersonal cycle begins to happen.