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Romans 3:23 (NIV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God No one is righteous. Better is not enough. God demands 100% holiness. No one can achieve that. Therefore, we need the Blood of Jesus Christ. Only in Jesus, can we have salvation. Romans 5:12 (NIV) Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, ...


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he would have to accept any word of mouth relating any miraculous claim that was supposedly witnessed by anyone ever That's quite the extrapolation there. He was asked to believe what his core group of three years had seen, regarding the most important event in their lives, regarding their leader (that he had seen perform miracles). Not "any miraculous ...


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These two lines of reasoning are, as you've presented them, problematic as you suggest. Ideally, they'd be used together and be founded in the true message of the gospel. First, the few details to be cleared up: I don't understand how can someone venerate Jesus for his act of ultimate selflessnes and love (the crucifixion) but at the same time try to ...


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Most of Christianity –including Catholicism and Protestantism¹– makes a distinction between saving faith vs. generic faith. One can have faith in your toaster's ability to evenly heat your toast or faith in the laws of physics but these kinds of faith don't make you right with God. As you pointed out even other religions have things they call "faith", and ...


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Who says that faith plays a more important role? As James 2:26 reminds us, "faith without works is dead." Faith plays a greater role than works in salvation (at the point of "getting saved") simply because none of our works were good enough before God to earn us righteousness. So by faith alone we are saved when we trust Jesus for righteousness. Then ...


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Faith without Good Deeds Is Dead (James 2:14-26 NLT) First, What is salvation? Many times, people tend to misunderstand the meaning of the salvation that Christ brings. One of the primary purposes of the salvation of Christ is the forgiveness of sins - the ultimate sacrifice in which you need to believe in order to be saved. This does not mean that faith ...


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First question to ask is what are Christians being saved from or for? Thankfully someone has saved me time from having to write that answer up (Thanks @Caleb): What does it mean to "be saved" Again, I would promote the necessity of relationship with God so that a follower knows the nature of God well enough to know what His desire for us. This is ...


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Paragraphs 35 and 36 of the document discussed by the news article you've linked to state (emphasis mine): Since God has never revoked his covenant with his people Israel, there cannot be different paths or approaches to God’s salvation. The theory that there may be two different paths to salvation, the Jewish path without Christ and the path with the ...


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Absolutely, definitely not. Works are important, but we are not justified by works. The Catechism states this unequivocally: 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 ...


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Origin - Loci Communes Theologici, 1521 A.D. The words notitia, assensus, and fiducia applied to faith originates with the Reformers of the 16th Century. Martin Luther argued that saving faith or true faith is a fides viva, a vital or living faith (Sproul, 2010, pg.47). This concept was further explicated by one of Luther's contemporaries, Philip ...


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We are not required to have a 'leap of faith' : we do have evidence. Thomas was given the opportunity to be one of the first to believe the report of Jesus' resurrection without having personally witnessed his physical presence. Thomas chose, rather than believe the report of the chosen apostles of Jesus Christ that the Christ had arisen from the dead, to ...


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I can't do any better than C. S. Lewis's sermon The Weight of Glory (my apologies for basically simply quoting this and moving on, but this is at the crux of the matter). This is expounding on what Thomas Shields has already said, but I do love the way Lewis says it. If you asked twenty good men to-day what they thought the highest of the virtues, ...


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You're obviously familiar with the Messianic prophecies which are well expounded in Wikipedia. The classic proof text for Christians' being saved is John 14:6 (and 10:27 below) — Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” And for Jesus-as-God, there's John 10:27–30 (...


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If you (say you) have faith but don't have works, do you really have faith? Works are the result of faith. They don't save you. If you have faith, it is only natural that you will have works. James's question is to people who have no works. Why don't you have any works? Where is your faith? Matthew 12:33 (NASB) "Make a tree good and its fruit will be ...


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If that document indeed says Jews can be saved without the Catholic Faith, it is contrary to dogmatic teaching expressed, e.g., in the Council of Florence's decree Cantate Domino (Denz. 714), ratified by Pope Eugene IV: The sacrosanct Roman Church…firmly believes, professes, and proclaims that those not living within the Catholic Church, not only pagans, ...


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The answer begins where the problem began; in the Book of Beginnings, in the Garden of Eden and in what has corrupted humanity. The temptation was "When you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you shall be like God, knowing Good and Evil." - Genesis 3:5 Adam had proof because he was spoken to directly by God and was in the presence of God daily. ...


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The concept is biblical: John 7:37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.'" 39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were ...


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As another answer alluded to, Jesus almost certainly was speaking Aramaic, not Greek when he spoke these words. As such, it is probably a mistake to automatically assume that Jesus was making a philosophical point by using two different words based on the Greek. Instead, we should see what explanations are available as to how the Greek came from the ...


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This is a fairly straightforward reference to the teaching that once saved, God works on us to make us more Christ-like. (More here) This is a very common belief, in mainstream Christianity, and in not-so-mainstream denominations, such as the LDS Church. It is also known as Sanctification. Progressive sanctification "Indeed, the more sanctified the ...


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Luke records Mary's faith on the occasion of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-56). Gabriel informs her (v35) that "the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God", and she replies (v38) "let it be done to me according to your word". When Elizabeth addresses her as "the mother of my Lord" (v43), Mary proclaims with the Magnificat (vv46-55), ...


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The understanding that I am most familiar with - a Protestant understanding, if it matters, is that "belief" is an intellectual belief, while "faith" is a matter of trust that leads to action. This can be summed up in an illustration of Charles Blondin, a tightrope walker who asks a crowd if they believe that he can safely walk a wheelbarrow across Niagara ...


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James is writing his epistle to "my brethren" (1:2), who are already of the church, so he is not writing to unbelievers to tell them how to be saved from their sins an get right with God. His readers have already come to Jesus and had their sins washed away in the blood of the Lamb, been justified by faith, and entered into a saving relationship with God. ...


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Yes, the term is applicable to theology. Let's break it down to see why. The first word is science. At its root, the word simply means knowledge. Many people forget that and the word has been somewhat hijacked to mean exclusively study about the natural world derived from facts and experiments, or more properly, the scientific method. The scientific method ...


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From the Recapitulatio of Fr. Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.'s De Virtutibus Theologicis (p. 20), a commentary on St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica II-II, he gives the following categorization of the virtues (virtutes), following the organization of St. Thomas's treatment of the virtues in his Summa: Here's a rough translation: The Virtues ...


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Although it is true that Christians believe salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ, it is not true that Christians believe they are under the Mosaic Law. Jesus came to fulfil the Law and has introduced a new covenant. The new covenant frees us from an obligation to keep the hundreds of laws that were given to Israel. The new covenant is not a ...


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I'm going to give a slightly different understanding of this than you may have heard before, largely because I've faced up to the same thing and wondered the exact same thing. The question comes down to this: "Isn't believing in something simply the same as doing something? Isn't it a work in and of itself?" This question always bothered me. Here's the ...


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To quote from Bible itself, Jesus mentioned about the salvation of mankind through Him, in following verses in Bible. All these words spoken by Jesus Himself: John 3:14-18 Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”For this is the way God loved the ...


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All the miracles haven't gone, rather The Miracle has come. John 1:14 (ESV) 14  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. All your questions come down to this. The incarnation of Christ changed the tangible state of our relationship to God. The ...


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