I never said WE fill in the gap with good works. I asked how does HE (Jesus) fill in the gap?
I’m sorry if I am coming across pushy, I just like to understand the “WHY?”. I just want to know how the gap is filled in. I think this is an important question. I know you don’t believe in OSAS, however if there is no theology behind how the gap is filled in then there is no way of saying OSAS is wrong. All the OSAS person has to say is "I’m OSAS because no matter what I do from this point forward there is no gap so big that Jesus won’t “fill it”.
Sure as Catholics we believe our good works merit God’s grace, which “fills in the gap”. Now our work doesn’t “fill the gap”, the free gift of grace does. This position just makes more sense to me.
For instance. We believe confession is a “good work” that merits grace that “fills in the gap”. Now you don’t believe that “good works” fill in the gap but you do believe if you don’t confess you would die unforgiven and separated from God. Why does Jesus unfill the gap (That you said was already filled in) when you didn’t confess? Since confession (a good work you must do) has no merit on Jesus filling in the gap in the first place.
A different approach that I would like your thoughts on…
We believe when we go to Mass and communion. When we read the Bible, feed the hungry, cloth the poor, etc. Basically, when we do the good works, Jesus commanded of us, he will gives us additional graces to “bridge the gap” between us and God.
Now I’m sure we both agree that a person doing these things are going to be closer to God than the person not doing these things?
Now this is where I get confused.
From the Catholic perspective the things we are doing merit additional graces and these graces “bridge the gap” and bring us closer to God. This makes perfect sense to me nothing we did brought us closer to God, it’s the additional grace, that God gave us, that brought us closer to Him.
Now from the perspective that nothing we do can bridge that gap. On the assumption that we both agree that the person “A” doing all of the above is closer to God than the person “B” just having faith and not doing any of those things, what brought the person closer to God? I hope it’s not confusing and you see what I’m asking? If person A is ends up closer to God (not because they were given additional graces for their “good works”) wouldn’t that mean that it was actually their actions (all of the above things they did) that brought them closer to God?
I’m hoping you might be able to give me answer other than these are just things descriptive of what a saved person will do after the gap is bridged and not prescriptive of what a person must do to bridge the gap. I’ve heard that answer so many times, but no one seems to give a sound reason why we should believe Jesus was speaking descriptively and not prescriptively.
I think I’ll stop here for now, this question is the heart of the understanding for me.