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accepted Salvation by good works alone?
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comment Salvation by good works alone?
@Narnian but you get my point, right? Why am I only limited to two options? Surely God is powerful enough to grant me the ability to visit my loved ones, wherever they are, and then retire to solitude when I so desire. And I do think highly of many Christians, and of Christ (although e.g. his views on divorce aren't up to modern standards), just not Christianity :)
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comment Salvation by good works alone?
@Narnian sure, but why is the only other option the Devil? I wouldn't mind spending eternity with just my loved ones.
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comment Salvation by good works alone?
@mojo It's a tricky question, the best way to put it is that I would think more of Christianity if according to its teachings salvation by works alone were possible.
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comment Salvation by good works alone?
@mojo I feel that it's not good or fair to act like this. I would call a person who demands worship under threat of punishment names. I don't claim to know why I feel this way, I just do. I guess the closest thing I can think of is that such attitude is selfish, and it would make the world a nicer, kinder place to demand good acts instead of faith.
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comment Salvation by good works alone?
@mojo I wouldn't condemn anyone to eternal punishment. We have human laws, and sometimes according to these laws people are sentenced to prison for certain crimes, and generally we try to make the sentence proportional to the crime. So unless the crime is infinitely bad, why would one have to suffer for it forever?
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comment Salvation by good works alone?
@mojo That's well beyond the scope of the question :) I understand that "God is simply right" is technically a valid answer to my question, but it's not particularly illuminating.
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comment Salvation by good works alone?
@mojo I mean that such attitude doesn't fit with my moral sentiments. Redefining good via God is just semantics.
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comment Salvation by good works alone?
@mojo I was tempted to say "flawed", too, but clearly if a flaw is more important than any number of virtues unless it is "removed" by God, it's not just a flaw, but something qualitatively different.
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comment Salvation by good works alone?
@AaronKorn I thought so too, but couldn't find any on the Wikipedia.
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comment Salvation by good works alone?
Thanks, this is very illuminating. It seems that you view humanity as basically bad, needing salvation, while I view it as basically good, needing guidance. I believe in Superman, not Jesus, so to speak :)
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comment Salvation by good works alone?
Also, this question goes hand in hand with mine: christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/2516/… I don't want to go far to the subjective feelings territory, but answering "No" to it is repugnant to me.
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comment Salvation by good works alone?
@CecilBeckum thanks, I also found another question with a slightly different emphasis: christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/14733/…
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comment Good person going to hell simply for not believing?
Does this mean that Christianity sees no value in doing good except as affirmation of faith?
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