I hope this is in the right category. :o
It’s 3 a.m. here and I’m not sleeping because I’ve got this question knocking about in my head after some bedtime reading of Origen, which is: “what did I perceive to be “works” when I was an Evangelical and didn’t believe they had anything to do with salvation, and has that understanding/and or definition of “works” and their role in my salvation changed now that I am a Catholic?”
Because “works” and their role in salvation is such a point of sharp disagreement between the two sides of Christianity, I was wondering if I could get some input from each side as to what they have been taught pertaining to the definition of “works” to see if we even have a similar understanding of the basics of this argument/disagreement.
It seems to me that in all the debates I have heard, and all the sermons I have heard through the years, I don’t recall ever hearing a clear definition of this hot topic, **“works”, **but the idea behind them may be very different in each group and to be honest, I’m not even sure at this point if we think of the same things when we are discussing this. (Or, maybe I have just not been paying attention too well during the arguments! )
I’ll wait for some input before I tell you what my ideas are, historically and currently.