Corollary questions: Is the Final Judgment really going to based exclusively on whether our theology is correct? Or does God have other requirements BESIDES faith?
I asked a similar question a couple of days ago, and many people answered, “faith in Jesus.” If faith in Jesus is all that is required…
Faith is certainly one requirement for salvation. It is simply not sufficient.
To believe in faith alone, thus, rejects a number of other requirements Jesus posed: baptism (Mark 16:16; John 3:5), self-renunciation (e.g., Matt 5:3, 10), repentance to obtain forgiveness (Matt 3:2; 4:17; Luke 1:77, 24:47), obedience to God, doing what is just and charitable (e.g., Matt 25; Luke 10:25-28; John 12:50), adopting the humility of a child (Matt 18:3-4; 19:14), eating the bread of life (John 6:51, 53-54), and endurance to the end (Matt 10:22, 24:13; Mark 13:13, Luke 21:16-18).
Jesus did speak about the need for faith. Salvation requires one to believe Christ and put faith in him:
Luke 8:12: Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
John 5:34: Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved.
John 10:9: I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
John 3:14-16: Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:36: Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”
John 5:24: “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.
John 6:40: For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
John 6:47: I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.
John 11:25-26: Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.
John 14:6: Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 17:3: Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
We need the basic claims of Christianity, e.g., that Jesus is the Messiah, that he is the way, the truth, and the life, that he rose from the dead. Many of these core beliefs are captured in the Nicene Creed.
Thus, we DO need faith to be saved. However, we also need baptism, self-renunciation, repentance, obedience, charitable works, the humility of a child, the bread of life, and endurance to the end.
Heb 12:2 says “…Jesus, the author and perfecter of religion”. And Rom 12:3 says ” … God has disbursed to each and each and every a level of religion.” Paul also cautioned the Philippians, “For unto you that’s given in the behalf of Christ, no longer purely to believe on him, yet also to struggle through for his sake; (Philippians a million:29). it is a good q. quite, Eph 2:8-9 extra explains (and many different verses from the Bible) that grace and faith is a present of God: For by utilizing grace you’ve been kept by potential of religion. And this isn’t your own doing; this is the present of God, no longer as a results of the works, so as that no one ought to boast. (Eph 2:8-9) So in essence, you’re spectacular saying that faith is a “paintings”, in spite of the undeniable fact that, that’s a paintings from God.
I think that part of faith is believing something that we can’t prove, or following something that we can’t see. It’s about believing in your heart that you are on the right path, and you follow all of God’s commands, even if you are in doubt. I think that’s what we will be judged for, believing and following whole-heartedly despite the lack off proof.
Read the Bible: Matt 25:31-46 and
James 2: 13-26
“Faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” “Faith without works is also dead”
We are not saved by faith alone. That is heresy, and it is not even Biblical, so so much for sola scriptura as well.
Jesus Cleraly explained the final judgement.
The Sheep and the Goats
31″When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34″Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37″Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40″The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
41″Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44″They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45″He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46″Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
salvation by faith alone is a heresy.