Faith and Good Works


#1

as a catholic how do i explain faith and good works to a Protestant who is bible alone faith alone help me to do so biblically and not biblically combine the two show me some examples and throw out some verse thank you and god bless


#2

Duplicate post. See forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=21781


#3

[size=2]Cite James 2:14-26:

[size=2][/size]14What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? 15If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, 16and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? 17So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

18But some one will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. 19You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe–and shudder. 20Do you want to be shown, you shallow man, that faith apart from works is barren? 21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar? 22You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by works, 23and the scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness”; and he was called the friend of God. 24****You see that a man is justified by [faith and] works and not by faith alone. 25And in the same way was not also Rahab the harlot justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? 26For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so faith apart from works is dead.

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#4

I realise that Protestants probably understand this passage differently, but the parable about the wise and foolish virgins refers to good works. The foolish virgins had not performed good works and so ran out of oil in their lamps whereas the wise virgins maintained plenty of oil for their lamps through their good works. In the end, the foolish virgins, though they were waiting for the same bridegroom, find themselves locked out, but not only that, the bridegroom declares that he doesn’t even know them!

Matt 25:1-12

John


#5

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