Good Works?

Does anyone believe that only good works will get you to heaven?

[quote=ONLYONECHRIST]Does anyone believe that only good works will get you to heaven?
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I sure hope not!

Are ya kidding? regardless of what you may have heard…that is not Catholic teaching.

[quote=ONLYONECHRIST]Does anyone believe that only good works will get you to heaven?
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Can’t speak for anyone specifically except myself (and I do not believe that only good works will get you to heaven), but since it is not a teaching of the Catholic Church, I can say, in general, Catholics don’t believe that.

NO.

I suggest going to the Catholic Answers Homepage and click the links on the left colum, there are some GREAT links to the fundamental questions on Catholics and what we believe. :slight_smile: It’s great reading, I learned a lot from it.

No good works do NOT save me but I do believe that they are evidence of my salvation.

[quote=ONLYONECHRIST]Does anyone believe that only good works will get you to heaven?
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No, no one thinks that we can get there on own.

Good grief Charlie Brown…

[quote=Ignatius]No, no one thinks that we can get there on own.
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I don’t think you should say “no one” because there could be someone out there who thinks that they can “work” their way into Heaven all on their own.

[quote=ONLYONECHRIST]Does anyone believe that only good works will get you to heaven?
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May I suggest the following two books:
EVANGELICAL IS NOT ENOUGH by Thomas Howard.
BORN FUNDAMENTALIST, BORN AGAIN CATHOLIC by David Currie.

God Bless

Not only do Catholics not believe this, but I would assume most Christians don’t either since the Bible is pretty clear on it (for example, Ephesians 2:8 –

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God— 9 not because of works, lest any man should boast. %between% )

[quote=ONLYONECHRIST]Does anyone believe that only good works will get you to heaven?
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No, I don’t believe that only good works will get me to heaven, even though the gospels in many places seem to make this point. See Matthew 26:31ff, for example, where one’s entry into heaven is made dependent on what one has done or not done.

Jim are you sure you mean Matthew 26:31? Just checking, I didn’t see that in the verse so I am wondering…

31 Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night; for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ %between% %between%

[quote=ONLYONECHRIST]Does anyone believe that only good works will get you to heaven?
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Absolutely NOT!!! The bible teaches that this is not so. However, our faith and the work that follows are the fruit of God’s Grace. It is how His Grace is manifested within us.

Subrosa

[quote=ONLYONECHRIST]Does anyone believe that only good works will get you to heaven?
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Why? Is this something somebody told you about Catholics?

[quote=ONLYONECHRIST]Does anyone believe that only good works will get you to heaven?
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Ummmm no. I believe I can just buy my way into heaven. My parish sells indulgences pretty cheap. That way I don’t even have to do good works.

Just kidding of course. I couldn’t resist:D . I agree with all the above posts.

[quote=awalt]Jim are you sure you mean Matthew 26:31? Just checking, I didn’t see that in the verse so I am wondering…

31 Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night; for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ %between% %between%
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Sorry–I gave the wrong reference! I was referring to the last judgment scene beginning at Matthew 25:31.

Good works alone will not get us to heaven. God’s grace saved us, and through faith and works that saving grace flows through. That’s what the Church believes. Or, as David Currie said in his book, through what means does that grace flow, and that is through faith and works.

You don’t know many catholics do you?
The answer is…
No.
(sigh)

scripturecatholic.com/

Nope

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