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Believe me and the gospel. It is that simple. Hard to believe but true.
And how do I know your private interpretation of Scripture is correct? Are you trying to say that you are more knowledgeable of the Scriptures than the Catholic Church, who wrote the New Testament and compiled the Canon of Sacred Scripture? Please explain why your interpretation is the correct one... until you do, it will simply remain your word against the word of the Catholic Church.
Jesus says the just shall live by faith.
Ummm... no, He does not. He told us "if you love me, you will keep my commandments." Keeping the commandments involves much more than living by faith, my friend.
Further, when the rich young man asked Christ what he had to do to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, what was our Lord's response? Jesus told him "follow the commandments," which entails doing good works. The young man was not told to simply "live by faith."
Read Ephesians 2: 8-10. God specifically says we are saved by faith.Faith in the saving grace of Jesus. Not by works. That means that there is nothing you can DO to be saved.
Wrong. Ephesians 2:8-10 specifically says we are saved by grace, through faith. However, no where does that verse imply that all we need to be given grace is faith alone. If you interpret those verses that way (i.e. all we need is faith), then you are clearly contradicting several other pieces of Scripture that suggests the contrary.
~The book of James is quite blunt in telling us that "we are justified by our works, and not by faith alone" and that "faith without works is dead." This means faith and work are a package deal. You need both to be saved.
~The Parable of the Sheep and Goats is an obvious foreshadowing of Judgement Day. So... why were the goats rejected and sent to "everlasting punishment"? Christ didn't tell them "depart from me, you did not have faith." Our Lord said "depart from me, you did not help the lesser of your brethren." In other words, the goats failed to do good works.
~The book of Romans tells us that we will be repayed according to what we have done (i.e. our works).
Further, the Catholic Church does not teach that we "merit" salvation through our works. Anyone who says otherwise is ignorant of Church teaching. The Church firmly teaches we are saved by Sanctifying Grace (or Saving Grace, as some Protestants call it). The Church does, however, stress the importance of works alongside faith because of the Scripture I mentioned above.
You are forgiven!
If we go to the Sacrament of Confession, then yes. If we are at the end of lives, and cannot receive this Sacrament, we can still be forgiven through "perfect contrition." But it is a folly to say that all of our sins are forgiven the moment we accept Christ.
Listen to the Searchlight sermons by Jon Courson if you really want to hear someone who knows the scriptures (remember this is Gods own word) and His teaching is excellent.
And how do I know that Jon Courson has the correct interpretation of Scripture?