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First a disclaimer, I come from the camp that salvation is by faith alone. The answer will be coming from my perspective, since the question seems to be geared toward those who hold this view. It also intentionally goes against the definition of Christianity as accepted for the sake of this community because I think that it's the only way to address the ...


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I'm going to have to limit my quotes from Scripture and leave some compelling verses out, because there are simply so many. This answer would be even longer than my normal long-winded answers if I included all supporting Scripture references. Please forgive me if I miss something you consider relevant. First, there is the entire book of Romans, which ...


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Super short summery: No it is not like sola fide. Now really long answer: Are LDS saved by faith? Yes absolutely. The thing to understand here is that death and the Resurrection are viewed differently in LDS doctrine. Latter-day Saints believe EVERYONE will be brought back into the presence of God, because of the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ. Now this ...


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Speaking as an adherent of the belief that salvation is by faith alone, and not of works (lest any man should boast - Ephesians 2:8-10): Baptism is an external symbol of obedience. It doesn't gain you anything. It is an outward show and demonstration that symbolizes our death to our old selves, and resurrection into the new life as a Christian. ...


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Yes and no. Yes he added it, no it is not the atrocity that it necessarily implies. Part of Luther's defense of the translation is that inclusion of the word "alone" is more grammatically correct than its exclusion. While I'm not an expert in German, I do speak enough of it to know that he does have a point. His problem, though, is in the interpretation of ...


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As consolidated as I can make this: Mormons believe that we are saved from death by the grace of Christ, that faith is demonstrated by good works, and that these combined result in salvation. Interestingly, I've often heard it accused that the LDS doctrine is that works save. I've come to find this is not true, for while works are required for salvation, no ...


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According to Christ, the greatest command is to "love the Lord your God with all you heart, soul, mind, and strength" and the second like is to "love your neighbor as yourself". Also according to Christ, He is "the way, the truth, and the life" - NO one comes to the Father except through Him. Paul expands on Jesus' statements through his writings - never ...


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In addition to David's thorough answer, I would like to add (what I think) is the single most clear verse: Galatians 2:16 We who are Jews by birth and not ‘Gentile sinners’ know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ ...


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Since the "faith alone" viewpoint has been well represented thanks to @DavidStratton, I will propose an additional diagram that doesn't fit into either of the two in the question, This is the view posited by Eastern Orthodox Christianity. I will abbreviate Eastern Orthodox as EO for the remainder of this response. Rather than a Venn diagram including faith ...


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Note that this doesn't apply to all groups that adhere to Sola Fide. Plenty of groups believe that we have no part in our own salvation, even in choosing to believe, but this is one perspective that's relatively common among Evangelicals. Short version: These verses are simply Jesus teaching on the true definition of what God's standard for "good" is. ...


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The correct understanding of this term is so fundamental in understanding the reformation. It certainly has nothing to do with linguistics or translations. It has everything to do with the doctrine of justification. There are only two sides to the issue. Catholics (and I believe Eastern Orthodox and the Syrian Churches) do not believe in a momentary or ...


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The gospel never promises anyone with fake faith salvation. Rather it uses both encouragements and warnings as a means to preserve all the elect into everlasting eternity. This sort of question can be asked from many verses in the Bible because it rests upon a sometimes-unconscious assumption that ‘God would never warn someone of something, that according ...


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Actually, this verse says that faith without love (agape) is dead, and it says the same of gifts of the Spirit and works exercised without agape love. Therefore, reading this to imply that works are necessary for salvation is bad hermeneutics. Now, James, on the other hand has some clear things to say about faith without works: James 2:14-26 (ESV) ...


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The KJV is in the minority, if not unique, in its use of "charity" as opposed to "love" in its translation of that passage. In particular there are two forms of love being talked about here; in verse one the Amplified Version defines it as "that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such as is inspired by God's love for and in us" and in the latter ...


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I would just like to expand on @Dan's comments regarding the catholic (lower-case c) perspective on faith and works. In the Roman rite of Christian Orthodoxy (aka Roman Catholic), the concept of salvation is explained by sola gratia (as in salvation only by grace), rather the the sola fide doctrine conceived by Martin Luther. If one is truly coporating with ...


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The book of 1 Corinthians is written to address issues in the church at Corinth, so it deals with Christian living rather than salvation. Paul is telling Christians, "Hey, if you do all the right things but aren't loving, you're completely missing the boat." Jesus' first and second commands are to love God and to love people. That doesn't mention ...


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Luther was thinking of "salvation" only as life after death, and not of salvation as a change in a person's life that makes them whole - freedom from want; good health; freedom from oppression; and happiness - which is the meaning of The Lord ( as, for instance, in his sermon in Matthew 5). In this narrow sense, Luther's statement about salvation by grace ...


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I think it would also be helpful to say that 'salvation by faith' is not something that only Paul talks about. He maintained that this had its bases in Old Testament scripture too when he quoted Genesis 15:6, 'And he [Abraham] believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness' (AV/KJV). This is at a time way before the Law had been delivered ...


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It is greater than faith in only one way, it is eternal. Heaven is the culmination of our Faith and Faith is the realization of what is hoped for (Heb 11:1 NAB), we don't need them there. But in Heaven, love still exists because God is there.* To your question, on earth, there's no reason to suspect that St. Paul is saying that for us the living a ...


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Love is the greatest because it is essential to the very nature of God as seen in 1 John 4:8 (NIV) 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. Love is the most prominent message in the Bible for a reason. John has a great passage about Love being your utmost responsibility as a Christian. John 13:34-35 (NIV)   34 ...


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Yes, the two doctrines are quite different, you cannot be saved by your works, but there must be works with your faith for you to find salvation. In other words, it's not the works that saves your soul, but without the works your faith is in vain and of none effect. If I keep telling you that I believe the chair in front of us will hold me up, but I never ...


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The question of whether the act of having faith constitutes a "work" in opposition to sola fide was considered by Karl Barth. He firmly identifies sola fide as "the opposition of faith to all and every work [...] no human work as such either is or includes man's justification (not even the work of faith as such)." 1 He explicitly disclaims the idea that ...


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While Romans is Paul's treatise on salvation by faith alone, 1 Corinthians 13 is written to Christians regarding proper Christian living and specifically with regard to relationships within the church (see chapter 12). So, the faith he mentions in comparison to love is referring to the faith of a Christian in his daily life--not the initial saving faith ...


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I am going to explain the Catholic doctrine in terms that a Protestant can understand. I would not usually answer a question best directed to Catholics (as I am a Protestant) but I find there is an extreme different understanding of the terms used. It is necessary therefore to provide translations for the common words that each uses so that the almost ...


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The Catechism is quite clear. Faith is absolutely necessary. 161 Believing in Jesus Christ and in the One who sent him for our salvation is necessary for obtaining that salvation.42 'Since "without faith it is impossible to please (God)" and to attain to the fellowship of his sons, therefore without faith no one has ever attained justification, nor will ...


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Sola Fide answers "how do you get saved." The parable of the talents addresses, what is my reward, once I am saved. Even the most Calvinistic sole ride adherent still believes that you should work for the kingdom. Whether or not you get to heaven may not be in your control, but how well you have pleased the Master once you are there most certainly is. ...


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According to What Catholics Really Believe: 52 Answers to Common Misconception About the Catholic Faith by Karl Keating (Ignatius Press): The Catholic Church teaches we earn salvation by good works The Catholic Church has never taught such a doctrine. In fact, it has constantly condemned the notion that we can earn salvation. Only by God's ...


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Jesus says in many places that blindly following the Law of Moses will not lead to salvation, and is his primary criticism of practicing Jews of the time. Belief in Jesus' message and God is required for salvation. Now, mainstream Christians take Jesus' statement "I did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it" as evidence that he has completed the ...



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