[quote=justcatholic]I believe one of the hardest Protestant objections to answer is when a evangelical presents the argument from Paul’s epistle to the Romans as found in chapters 3,4 and 5 on being justified by Faith. I know many will say that faith and works go hand in hand, because of what James says in his epistle of 2:24.
But when one reads what Paul says in the above chapters, he does seem to be saying that one is justified and declared righteous before God by simple faith or belief in Jesus Christ and what he has done for the believer.Paul doesn’t mention works with faith at all, but simply believing. So how do you approach this difficult objection?
Though they have different words standing for them – “faith,” “works” – “faith” and “works” are NOT PHILOSOPHICALLY DISTINGUISHABLE, to a CRITICAL extent, in the sense that Protestants define and distinguish “faith” and “works.” A Ford and an Audi are different, but they are both cars.
This is what the Parable of the Good Samaritan is all about.
Do you think that even once, in the history of the Universe, God gave to someone a grace of faith which was inherently dead to doing works? Even once?
“Works will” is OF THE ESSENCE OF faith generated by the grace of faith given by the Holy Spirit.
If “works will” isn’t in the “faith,” THEN IT’S NOT FAITH.
Proving this with Scripture is easy.
In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus looks at 3 men.
One is a Jewish priest, one is a Levite (of the priestly tribe), one is a Samaritan – the remnants of conquered Israel, to the north of Judea, where conquest and intermarriage mortally paganized Judaism.
In other words, the 3 men are (1) a “believer” with “the Faith,” (2) a “believer” with 'the Faith," and (3) a “non-believer,” WITHOUT “the Faith.”
In other words, Christ PICKED those 3 men to look at, PRECISELY BECAUSE the first two, BOTH of whom carefully avoided engaging in the good work, represented “faith without works”; and PRECISELY BECAUSE the third, who though denying faith, engaged in the good work, represented “works.”
Who did Christ prefer, of the three? “Mr. Faith With Works #1”? “Mr. Faith Without Works #2”? Or “Mr. Works”?
Next, everybody thinks that Paul was affirmatively endorsing “faith without works.” Was he? Or was this one of Paul’s rhetorical exaggerations?
Read 1 Corinthians 13:13.
Isn’t “love” pure works?
Now,* WHICH DOES PAUL SAY IS GREATER? FAITH, OR LOVE?*
So, relax on this subject. Be PROUD of our Catholic faith.