I have been wanting to refute the Protestant Sola Fide belief firmly. This is what I end up currently.
However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.
The “work” mentioned here means “works of the Mosaic law” right, which is being abolished by St. Paul. That is what is explained by one Catholic source. And I suppose that’s in context. Right?
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
This says faith is the requirement to be saved. It is the merit of God when a Christian does good works. But does not agree with Sola Fide, because of the following.
You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
In Christian teaching, the Bible is inerrant. So to reconcile this seemingly contradictory verse to the earlier.
I summarized it that:
The Christian needs to have both faith, and works being done by the Christian but it is not counted as merit for the Christian who worked, but the work is counted as a merit of God instead, although the Christian did the work. And the “work” mentioned in Romans is the Mosaic law. Is this right?
Also, what exactly is the Catholic belief on salvation with faith? I researched some articles but, they are confusing. One says they also believe in Sola Fide except that the Protestant version is intellectual affirmation only and not alongside works. One seem to say it is indeed faith and works working together. One says it is by grace though grace is not alone and needs faith and works. One seem to say not charity works but the work to avoid sin.