I ask this out of curiosity. I don’t have an answer. Yet. I guess it depends on ones definition of faith. This came up when I was discussing sola fide with an Evangelical friend at work the other day. I don’t know how I came up with the question, only that it’s got me thinking about what the answer is.
My friend got a wee bit offended when I insinuated out of ignorance that having faith in God did not actually mean loving God. Basically I said she didn’t have to love God in order to believe in the concept of sola fide. Am I wrong?
I briefly looked into it and found a passage that would indicate that the two are indeed separable:
1Timothy 6:11 - But you, man of God, avoid all this. Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
If faith and love were the same wouldn’t this passage contain a redundancy?
I think my Protestant friend would argue that faith in God means loving God as well. I don’t know enough about sola fide to have an opinion. Anyone have an answer?
One more related question. Sorry. Is love a work?