I think it's wild that people think the overall ability of one to get into heaven is predicated upon the crucial event that you were dunked in water.
I like this article
During the Protestant Reformation in the early 1500s, a familiar term regarding salvation was "sola fide," Latin for "by faith alone." The reformers, at that time, accused the Catholic Church of departing from the "simple purity of the Gospel" of Jesus Christ. They stated it was faith alone, without works of any kind, that brought a believer to eternal life. They defined this faith as "the confidence of man, ****ociated with the certainty of salvation, because the merciful Father will forgive sins because of Christ's sake."
This view of salvation is a crucial issue because it strikes at the very heart of the Gospel message eternal life. Roman Catholicism teaches that we are not saved by faith alone. The Church has taught this since 30 A.D. as part of the Divine Revelation. The truth of the Catholic Church's teaching can be demonstrated from Sacred Scripture alone.
All who claim the title "Christian" will be able to agree on the following two truths: salvation is by grace alone (Ephesians 2:8) and salvation is through Christ alone (Acts 4:12). These biblical facts will be our foundation as we explain the teaching of the Catholic Church.
If we take a concordance and look up every occurrence of the word "faith," we come up with an undeniable fact the only time the phrase "faith alone" is used in the entire Bible is when it is condemned (James 2:24). The epistle of James only mentions it in the negative sense.
The Bible tells us we must have faith in order to be saved (Hebrews 11:6). Yet is faith nothing more than believing and trusting? Searching the Scriptures, we see faith also involves ****ent to God's truth (1 Thessalonians 2:13), obedience to Him (Romans 1:5, 16:26), and it must be working in love (Galatians 5:6). These points appeared to be missed by the reformers, yet they are just as crucial as believing and trusting. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3) should be heeded by all it's certainly an attention grabber.
Paul speaks of faith as a life-long process, never as a one-time experience (Philippians 2:12). He never ****umes he has nothing to worry about. If he did, his words in (1 Corinthians 9:24-27) would be nonsensical. He reiterates the same point again in his second letter to Corinth (2 Corinthians 13:5). He takes nothing for granted, yet all would agree if anyone was "born again" it certainly was Paul. Our Lord and Savior spoke of the same thing by "remaining in Him" (John 15:1-11).
Paul tells us our faith is living and can go through many stages. It never stays permanently fixed after a single conversion experience no matter how genuine or sincere. Our faith can be shipwrecked (1 Timothy 1:19), departed from (1 Timothy 4:1), disowned (1 Timothy 5:8) wandered from (1 Timothy 6:10), and missed (1 Timothy 6:21). Christians do not have a "waiver" that exempts them from these verses.
Do our works mean anything? According to Jesus they do (Matthew 25:31-46). The people rewarded and punished are done so by their actions. And our thoughts (Matthew 15:18-20) and words (James 3:6-12) are accountable as well. These verses are just as much part of the Bible as Romans 10:8-13 and John 3:3-5.
Some will object by appealing to Romans 4:3 and stating Abraham was "declared righteous" before circumcision. Thus he was only saved by "believing" faith (Genesis 15:6), not by faith "working in love" (Galatians 5:6). Isn't this what Paul means when he says none will be justified by "works of law" (Romans 3:28)? No, this is not what he means. He's condemning the Old Covenant sacrifices and rituals which couldn't justify and pointing to better things now in Christ Jesus in the New Covenant (Hebrews 7-10). A close examination of Abraham's life revealed a man of God who did something. In Genesis 12-14 he makes two geographical moves, builds an altar and calls on the Lord, divides land with Lot to end quarrels, pays tithes, and refuses goods from the King of Sodom to rely instead on God's providence. He did all these works as an old man. It was certainly a struggle. After all these actions of faith, then he's "declared righteous" (Genesis 15:6). Did these works play a role in his justification? According to the Bible, yes.
The Catholic Church has never taught we "earn" our salvation. It is an inheritance (Galatians 5:21), freely given to anyone who becomes a child of God (1 John 3:1), so long as they remain that way (John 15:1-11). You can't earn it but you can lose the free gift given from the Father (James 1:17).
The reformer's position cannot be reconciled with the Bible. That is why the Catholic Church has taught otherwise for over 1,960 years.
Where does our ****istance come from to reach our heavenly destination? Philippians 4:13 says it all, "I can do all things in Him who strengthens me."
But doesn't it strike you as a bit odd that some people think that NO MATTER WHAT, if you didn't get dunked in water, you can't get in? Even if you were as close to Christlike as a human could be your entire life, if you didn't get dunked, it doesn't count? Wild.
What if you were not baptized, but you NEVER take off your WWJD bracelet? Eh? Hell?
I do think the thief on the cross is a little bit of a different example though. An exception to the rule. I mean, he didn't show real faith (if that's such a thing). He believed once he saw....that's not much of an example of faith
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
I think Jesus can do whatever He wants to do.
Oh man! this seems like fun! Where did all the Christians who hacked innocent people to death with swords because they wouldn't convert to their religion of peace and tolerance during the Crusades end up? Heaven or Hell?
is that something you talk about with all your catholic friends?
have you asked all of them?
i know how my wife and i were treated by catholic friends/family when we started going to a doc church...
and it was clear why....one friend.....who has since changed his belief....wrote a long letter outlining his beliefs and expressing his sadness/disappointment that we had resigned our salvation...
I'm going to guess that you are mistaking their disagreement and dissappointment in you leaving for hatred and judgement
so those "christians" could fall into that category.....
but it's still about repentance/forgiveness.....and God knows their hearts and like mellonhead said...He can do what He wants...
The CoC teaches that a person must be obedient to what God/Christ asks us to do. Acts 2:38 and other scriptures say that baptism is a crucial part of obedience. There are several other scriptures that tie baptism to salvation.
Btw. If baptism is a death burial and resurrection just like Christs own D/B/R then there was no need for the thief on the cross to be baptized because Christ hadn't completed his own D/B/R?
imo....baptism falls under "works"...going back to the scripture cited earlier...
ephesians 2: 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
Mark 16:16 he who believes and is baptized will be saved
John 3:5 unless one is born of water and the spirit he can enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Acts 8:35 the eunuch asked to be baptized immediately after being taught about Jesus
Acts 22:16 arise and be baptized washing away your sins
Romans 6:3-4 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Colossians 2:12 B]uried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
1 Peter 3:20 baptism now saves you.
IMO works are things that help others or the church. Baptism does nothing for nobody but the person who is being immersed.
i believe "works" is ANYTHING of man...
Jesus death did it all.....nothing i can do on my own matters....
you're doing exactly what ephesians 2:8 warns against....
"sorry bounce.....i'm saved because i was immersed...you are not because you weren't"....
what if a new denomination said "sorry prices......we believe you MUST be immersed in a river...like Jesus....or you're not saved"....
what would you think of that?
john baptized many prior to Jesus' death....yet the thief was never baptized....and he went to heaven.....
it's obvious you believe all catholics (and anyone else who wasn't immersed) are not saved....
i disagree with catholicism for many reason....but they're savable
No it's not. It's a leading question intended to draw out over simplistic answers so that your "superior intellect" can be put on display. Frame the discussion honestly and fairly and people might stop calling you a troll...Originally Posted by XxSuBLiMexX;1004343[/B
I just believe that man must do what the scriptures tells us we should do and I think the scriptures I laid out for you are pretty clear what the purpose of baptism is.
As far as works goes I believe that Eph 2 is talking about doing enough good things like feeding the hungry, giving to your church, etc to get into heaven. A person can't live like a heathen and give money to an orphanage and be all good. Baptism is far from a work.
You can't just discount the scriptures in Mark, Peter, Acts etc.