[quote="atheistgirl, post:19, topic:287261"]
Well in that case, that is an outrage.
Seriously an outrage.
The good I do can only be done because of God's grace, but I get no credit in heaven for it because I don't have Him in mind, since I don't accept He exists :confused:
So even though I do not think a god of any kind exists, the Christian position is that even with that in mind, when I do good, that's God's Grace.
But I get no credit, so I am being USED by God, to do this good, yet I get no reward like a Christian would :confused:
Hmmmm, so if God is using me without my sayso, He is forcing Himself on me! Using me!
So in that case, how in the world am I free to reject Him, when he'll just go right along and use me any ol how whenever he wants :eek:
That does not seem right to me.
Sarah x :)
You must understand that from the Catholic perspective, not even the most holy act of the most devout saint merits anything by itself. Our transgressions against an infinite goodness merit an infinite consequence, I.e. an infinite separation from that goodness. This is why I'm always dumbfounded by people who say Christians think they're better than everyone just because they're Christian, as well as those Christians who think they are, when one of the most outstanding points of Scripture is that all men are wicked. "There is no one that is good. Not one." "Why do you call me good? No one is good but your Father in heaven."
Think of it this way: if you, as a child, were to cuss your parents and run away from home, but subsequently sneak around their house doing nice things like yard work, etc. for them, yet never facing them and apologizing for your past offenses and asking to be welcomed back home, how can reconciliation ever take place? It is not that your good works are of no merit; they are simply not the whole, or even most important part, of the overall picture. Your apology (repentance) and openness to repairing the damaged relationship is essential; your kind acts are complementary.