Toward the end of his first epistle, the apostle John wrote:
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:130
Is John telling a white lie?
Should he have been anathematized?
I don’t think so.You CAN know that you have eternal life,
Yes by Divine revelation by God.
that eternity with the Lord is assured.
But you are ignoring the rest of the book of 1 John:
1 John 3:23And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
So believing in Jesus is not just a verbal assent, but also loving our neighbor in action and in truth:
1 John 3:17If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth
And this is most eloquently explained by Jesus’:Luke 6:46
"Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?
If we want to be saved we must be doers of the word and not hearers only.
This is all part of the abundant life that Jesus promised us in the here and now. That peace and freedom of assurance.
I have the peace that Christ gives because I leave all judgement to Him. My conscience is clear but there is one that judges. That is the Scriptural attitude.
1 Corinthians 4:4
My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.
We don’t do good works because we can earn our salvation. Good works are a sign that our faith in Christ is real and that we are living under the Holy Spirit. Our works validate our faith,
This is where you people are so confused. If your works validate your faith then you have to have works in order to have faith. Otherwise, without works there is no faith. That is precisely what the Catholic Church teaches and precisely what Scripture teaches:
You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
James 2:22You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.
Faith is made complete in works. But you ignoramuses confuse yourself and everybody you come in contact with by proclaiming your doctrine of men which contradicts all of Scripture beginning with the Gospels and including Paul whose words you twist to your destruction. Because you forget that Paul said,
:1 Corinthians 13:2
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
Therefore, Paul also teaches that faith alone is dead!
they are not what gives us salvation. Good works are done out of love and appreciation for Christ’s finished work on the cross, out of a desire to be a light to others for Him so that others, too, can have that peace of mind
If you would take off your anti-Catholic blinders and study the teachings of the Catholic Church as you should, you would understand that you have just expressed Catholic teaching:
308 The truth that God is at work in all the actions of his creatures is inseparable from faith in God the Creator. God is the first cause who operates in and through secondary causes: "For God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure."171 Far from diminishing the creature’s dignity, this truth enhances it. Drawn from nothingness by God’s power, wisdom and goodness, it can do nothing if it is cut off from its origin, for "without a Creator the creature vanishes."172 Still less can a creature attain its ultimate end without the help of God’s grace.173
and assurance that the Council of Trent forbids.
You have no idea what the Council of Trent forbids and allows because you are twisting the Word of God which the Catholic Church has preached and taught for 2000 years.
Carolyn, listen to what your friends here say. But also check into the scriptures and see what they tell you.
The Scriptures will lead you to the Catholic Church.
Some last parting thoughts for consideration: if salvation cannot be assured, if one is accursed for saying his/her salvation is assured, how do we know that the saints and Mary are in heaven and can be prayed to?
Because the Church tells us so.