When I’m confronted about my faith at school, I’m always asked this one question: “Why don’t Catholics believe we are saved by faith alone? I even says in Ephesians 2:8 ‘For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.’ All you really need is faith, yet Catholics say you need good works as well. True, good actions result from your faith, but they have nothing to do with your salvation.” What is a really good answer for this statement? I need to tell my friends (and some teachers!) a complete, solid answer for this. And I want to understand this fully too. Thank you in advance!
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