[quote=awalt]All of these points are directly from the Bible -
We are saved by the grace of God, through our faith.
God’s plan for salvation is so that we can glorify Him and live like Jesus in doing good works.
Our faith grows through the Word of God (scripture, prayer, and overcoming the challenges in our life [which points us to the Word and prayer]).
BECAUSE we have faith, we do good works, hence fulfilling God’s plan for us.
If you don’t do good works, it’s an indication you don’t have faith or it’s weak.
Agreed. With a minor nit:
BECAUSE we have grace, we do good works, hence fulfilling God’s plan for us.
In addition for non-Catholics to help understand.
“Faith” in the Catholic sense, and "Faith’ in the Protestant sense are not the word.
In Catholic terminology “faith” is the intellectual belief that God exists.
Protestants tend to mush the Catholic terminology “faith, hope, and love” all into one jar and label it “faith”.
That is why the “faith alone” argument vs. “faith, hope, and charity” is bunk. Bickering about the same thing.
Think of a triangle. Label the sides “faith”, “hope”, “love”.
Write “Faith” in the middle.
Truly faith without works is dead, you take away the charity, and your triangle is no longer there.
Everyone agrees we are saved by grace alone. I’ts only by grace we can do anything.