[quote=Genesis315]The doctrine of sola fide is based on the idea that nothing we do has any merit towards our own salvation since Christ merited everything for us on the Cross.
The doctrine of the rapture is the idea that Christ will spare all the “saved” people from the suffering of the tribulations.
Now, we Catholics do not hold either of these doctrines. Furthermore, we believe there is value to our suffering–we offer it up or unite it to the Cross for example.
For people who believe in sola fide and/or the rapture, is there any purpose or value to human suffering?
Very few people realize that the idea of Sola Fide came about because one man, Martin Luther, didn’t feel like suffering as he was “supposed” to!
The only reason he even became a monk was because he promised the Virgin Mary he would at a young age out of fear over a thunderstorm. God has a specific calling for each of us, and to some are given certain gits and to others different gifts (see 1 Corinthians 7). Luther wasn’t meant to be a monk, so he didn’t have the gifts he needed to be a monk. Because of this, he spent 6 hours a day in confession, feeling very guilty about all sorts of things, most of them probably very minor (random thoughts, etc.). He felt extra guilty because he figured as a monk he shouldn’t be even close to having these problems. Finally he got sick and tired and decided God couldn’t possibly expect him to do the works he [thought] he was expected to do, so he devised the idea of Sola Fide. People think that he “discovered” the idea of faith alone when he realized he should only use the Bible. It’s actually the opposite. He decided he should only need faith first and used the Bible as a tool to justify his belief when nobody would listen to some random monk who disagreed with 1500 years of teaching and the Pope.