Now i'm really confused, how is one saved


#1

I wan’t the Catholic answer to this, are we saved with works, or by faith or by Gods grace? I have just heard so many different answers.


#2

You are saved by grace.

scborromeo.org/ccc/p3s1c3a2.htm


#3

You are SAVED by Grace. You are JUSTIFIED by works.

:bible1: James 2:24 You see then a man is justified by his works and not by faith only.


#4

You are saved by grace through faith working in love.


#5

[quote=MariaG]You are SAVED by Grace. You are JUSTIFIED by works.

:bible1: James 2:24 You see then a man is justified by his works and not by faith only.
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Read chapter VII and VIII


#6

In session 6 of the Council of Trent, the Church declared that we are only saved by the Grace of God won for us by Jesus on the Cross. To deny this in any way is anathema.

That Council, in the same session, also declared that to believe that we can merit Salvation by our own works in a way that negates the need for Christ’s sacrifice is anathema because the “merit” of our own works only come from God’s grace as well. It also declared that believing that faith is not required for salvation is anathema and also that believing that only faith is required is anathema.

The Catholic Church teaches that we are only saved by God’s Grace. God applies that grace to us through faith and through works done in faith. Just as faith without works is dead, works without faith is dead. Faith and works together without God’s grace is also dead. If you want to read the entire explanation for yourself, you can pick up a copy of “The Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent,” published by TAN. Session 5 and 6 discuss the Catholic Church’s teaching on Original Sin and Justification (respectively). The Second Vatican Council affirmed the teachings of the Council of Trent.

I go into details on the scriptural support for these beliefs in the following thead.

forum.catholic.com/showthread.php?p=107215#post107215

Because of the actual topic of the thread, I start by discussing sola Fide but I quickly move into the Scriptural support for the Catholic teaching on your question.

I hope that his helps. :slight_smile:


#7

By the grace on GOD. The first grace we recieve is our own creation, unmerited. The second is Baptismal grace, santifying grace, the grace that cleanses and justifies. After this we choose to remain or reject GODs will. We reject GODs will through mortal sin. Grace acts upon us, grace does not act FOR us.


#8

Ryan-

Mutant gave the detailed answer to you question and others have answered more directly. I will attempt to answer in my simple way. You are saved by the grace of Christ alone. You live that faith in your works. This does NOT require perfection of you, that is Christ’s alone. It does mean that you make an honest effort to live as Christ on earth. We on earth are the only body He has in the world. You are His voices, His eyes, ears, arms, and legs. Your works won’t save you, but if faith has no impact on the way you live, it is dead.

Chuck


#9

I wan’t the Catholic answer to this, are we saved with works, or by faith or by Gods grace?

To briefly summarize the answers given above, it’s not a matter of either/or, but instead of all of those things. The “either/or” was the result of Luther’s fevered mind misinterpreting St. Paul, and that fateful misinterpretation has now carried on for centuries. A Catholic must always be firm in resisting this false belief.


#10

there is no argument between catholics and protestants on whether we are saved by grace. yes, we are saved by grace alone. sola gratia as an official principle was declared in the council of orange a thousand years before the reformation. it wasn’t an ecumenical council but it’s conclusions were given a special ratification by the pope.

as to the faith and works argument, yes, we are saved by faith in jesus but it is impossible to have faith and not do the good works, they are bound to come in a person who “lives by faith”(rom3:23)

as james wrote, faith without works is not really faith at all

and works without faith? to think that we that it will “earn” us heavn is a grave presumption that can lead nowhere near heaven. “for the free gift of god…”(rom6:23)

thus, we are saved by the grace of god through which we recieve faith in his son and through which we do the works that the spirit inspires in us


#11

[quote=RomanRyan1088]I wan’t the Catholic answer to this, are we saved with works, or by faith or by Gods grace? I have just heard so many different answers.
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You can be saved by what you believe, but you can be damned by what you do or fail to do.


#12

[quote=enanneman]You can be saved by what you believe, but you can be damned by what you do or fail to do.
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This is a point worth emphasizing. The passage that comes to mind is Romans 6:23:

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


#13

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