Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 month ago

Protestants believe that Salvation is by "Faith alone". But Catholics believe that "Faith without works is dead". True or false?

Catholics believe that a person must have "Faith AND (good) works together" to be propitious with God for the purpose of Salvation. 

However, Protestants believe that you are saved by "Faith alone".

It is a key doctrinal difference between Catholics and Protestants.

True or false?

9 Answers

  • BJ
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
    Favorite Answer

    Paul says that Christians are saved by faith, not by works. He says: “You have been saved through faith not owing to works.” James, however, insists on the importance of works. He writes: “As the body without spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.” (James 2:26)

    How can these two statements be reconciled?

    Considering the context of Paul’s words, we find that one statement complements the other. The apostle Paul is referring to the efforts of the Jews to keep the Mosaic Law. They believed that if they kept the Law in all its details, they would be righteous.

    Paul pointed out that this was impossible. We can never become righteous and thus deserve salvation by our own works, for we are inherently sinful. We can only be saved by faith in Jesus’ ransom sacrifice. Romans 5:18.

    James, however, adds the vital point that faith in itself is valueless if not supported by actions. A person who claims to have faith in Jesus should prove it by what he does. An inactive faith is a dead faith and will not lead to salvation.

    The apostle Paul was in full agreement with this, and he often mentions the kinds of works that Christians should engage in to demonstrate their faith.

    For example, to the Romans he wrote: With the heart one exercises faith for righteousness, but with the mouth one makes public declaration for salvation. Making a public declaration sharing our faith with others is vital for salvation.

    A person does not earn salvation by his works. But anyone who has genuine faith will have works to go with it works of obedience to the commands of God and Christ, works that demonstrate his faith and love.

    Without such works, his faith is dead.

  • 1 month ago

    False.  ALL Christians believe what the Bible says, and it is St. James who wrote "faith without works is dead."  By which he means that when you have faith, it will  show in what you do.  It is the faith that saves, not the works - that is what all Christians teach, including the Catholics.  But, if you do noting about your faith, do you really have it?

  • EddieJ
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    If someone says, "Works is evidence that salvation is in you."

    Then that would mean no one has EVER seen works, because salvation isn't in anyone.

    Christians seem to think that salvation can't be in you unless you believe in Jesus to provide that salvation.

    But, haven't non-Christians done "works"?

  • The bible is very clear. James and Paul are saying the same thing, from different directions

    Faith brings salvation.  Works is evidence that salvation is in you.

    James says if you SAY you have faith but have nothing to show for it, your faith is dead

    He does not say that you earn salvation  with works

    All of this could be solved if you just read one verse further than those favor faith alone quote

    Ephesians 2;8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

    Again we are saved by faith.....there is NOTHING we can do  earn salvation.  But once saved we go onto the works God has laid for us,  

    Step 1 Complete Salvation  without works (Eph)

    Step 2 Go one to do good works, if there are no good works, go back to step 1 (James)

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  • 1 month ago

    Please!  Who gives a flying shyt??  

    Silly nonsense is not worth talking about! 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    James chapter 2 is not about heaven and hell.  It is about things like helping others.  So you are wrong.  James chapter 2 is not about heaven and hell, and no works can be added to getting into heaven and avoiding hell.  See Romans chapter 4.  Catholic beliefs lead to hell because they teach works for salvation.  So get away from catholicism.  Here is truth:  Death leads to heaven or hell.  The Lord Jesus Christ is God, who died on the cross and shed His blood to pay for all of our sins in full, and then Jesus was buried, and then Jesus resurrected from the dead.  Nothing you could do will ever pay for any of your sins.  Jesus already paid for all of our sins with His death on the cross and His shed blood, and then Jesus resurrected from the dead.  So the only way to get into heaven and avoid hell, is by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, without adding any of your own works.  See Romans 4:5.  It is too late for you to be saved, after death.

  • 1 month ago

    Why are you asking this in Politics?

  • Jake
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    No. Martin Luther ascribed to the belief works alone do not achieve salvation and that we are saved by grace.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    There is no god

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