that salvation is a gift or that you have to earn it?
Please only answer this if you are a catholic
Answer by LaurenKaye29 at 1:36 PM on Jan. 2, 2009
Answer by luvnmy3kid at 1:43 PM on Jan. 2, 2009
Catholics believe that salvation is a free gift from God. There's nothing we can do to earn our own salvation - we are saved only because of God's grace. But Catholics do understand that good works have "merit". So we believe that people are saved by grace alone, just not faith alone.
And good works only have merit because of God's grace. Only if a person performs a good work in response to God's grace and as a result of faith does it have any 'merit'. And it is only because of Christ's sacrifice that we not have the possiblity of eternal salvation.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains what Catholic teachings. Chapter 3 is about "God's Salvation" if you want to read more about it.
Answer by eringobrough at 1:57 PM on Jan. 2, 2009
luvnmy3kid: but does it have anything to do with going to church, taking communion, doing good things, etc?
Most people do these things in response to God's grace and because of faith. Going to church, receiving Holy Communion, doing good works or other actions in and of themselves do not earn our salvation. But it's not enough to just believe in Jesus Christ and not do these type of things.
Another article "Grace: What It Is, What It Does" explains how Catholics understand the idea of God's grace.
Answer by eringobrough at 2:02 PM on Jan. 2, 2009
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Answer by waldorfmom at 4:15 AM on Jan. 3, 2009
Answer by Chrissy629 at 7:59 AM on Jan. 3, 2009
Chrissy629: You do understand that at every Sunday Mass there are 4 different readings from the Bible don't you (and 3 different bible readings on weekday Masses)? Catholics hear those readings when they attend Mass. They text is written in misselettes available at the entrance of the church or in the pew. Just because the word 'Bible' does not appear on the front doesn't mean the text isn't from the bible.
Answer by eringobrough at 11:11 PM on Jan. 3, 2009
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