I have a question as someone who was raised Catholic and now is Evangelical, relearning Catholicism. I understand that Catholics believe that the Sacraments are Grace. My problem is that God’s grace was given to all who accept Him and ask him. These actions are not necessary, nor are they the only way of obtaining His grace. So why are they all so necessary?
In Galatians 5:1-6. Christ died to set us free from sin and from long lists of laws and regulations. This freedom does not allow us to fall back to our sinful natures or do as we please, this would be obviously wrong. Making Christians keep these laws are wrong in themselves and no one is bound to them. I don’t think these are necessary for being saved. Trying to be saved by keeping the law and being saved by grace are two entirely different things. In Galations 5:2-4, " Christ will be no value to you at all" means that Christ’s provision for our salvation will not help us if we are trying to save ourselves by the need to ‘follow the law’. All we can do is accept his gracious gift through faith. THe Sacraments cannot be used to try to earn God’s favor or grace. Luke 17:15-19, Here, Jesus healed ten lepers. Since 9 of them didn’t thank him, one did, one did and God bestowed his grace upon him because he asked. There are many examples in the bible where people had to come in order to get it. When one asks with a true heart, God gives his grace freely. Where did these organized acts comr from?. In Galations 3:23-25. Here, the “supervision of law” is pretty self-explanatory. Do we need this? what the law teaches is the need for salvation; this provided by God’s grace.The Old testament, still applies today, revealing God’s nature, his will for us, moral laws, and guidelines to live. But we can’t be saved by keeping the law, we must trust in Christ and Christ alone. The emphasis cannot be on the laws, but in Christ and your relationship with Him.
Please help, and please be charitable, show me where I am wrong.