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  1. Believe what you like - the Scripture clearly says Adam was NOT deceived.
  2. The thief also defended Jesus when the thief on the other cross mocked/criticized Jesus - that is "works". Regardless, using the exceptional example of someone about to die represents a poor argument for the doctrine of "faith alone". Furthermore, if the thief did no works but was saved on the basis of "faith alone", that means he was saved by "dead" faith, as James says - "faith without works is dead".
  3. Our good works demonstrate our love for God - "If you love me, you will keep my commandments" (John 14:15). If God programs us like robots to do good works as a result of faith, those works don't demonstrate our love of God; rather they are just meaningless acts of mindless instinct. God wants us to demonstrate our love for Him by works that are a result of our 0wn free will. Having said that, the grace that comes with faith allows the believer to more easily recognize and resist sin and conform to the will of God, but repenting and resisting the temptation to sin is the result of our own free will. Grace does not turn believers into good-works robots; grace can be resisted and a believer can choose to do bad works instead of good works.
  4. Notice the word "hope" in this verse - our salvation is describes as a "hope" in at least fifteen verses in the NT. Why? It's because we don't know we're saved until after we die, Jesus judges us and then grants us eternal life in Heaven.
  5. You seem to have overlooked the word "might" in the verse you quote. What does "might" mean? It means Jesus' death atoned for the sins of everyone who has lived or will ever live, but not everyone will be saved. It is not the Cross alone that saves us - otherwise everyone would be saved. The Cross allowed the possibility that we "might" be saved through faith and abiding in Christ and thereby become "the righteousness of God". In other works, the universal redemption achieved by the Cross is UNCONDITIONAL, but our salvation is CONDITIONAL. If the righteousness of God is imputed to believers, why does Paul warn believers in Gal 5:19-21 that their sins can mean they will be excluded from the kingdom of God? And why does James (rhetorically) ask "Can his faith save him?" and why does James say "a man is justified by works and not by faith alone"?
  6. During my anti-Catholic days, that's how I used to think. But then the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to the truth and I returned to my spiritual Mother, the Catholic Church.
  7. God is outside of time and so is the afterlife. Reading verses in a strictly literal sense can lead to misunderstandings. Furthermore, the thief on the cross could not be in paradise with Jesus "today" because Jesus wasn't resurrected until THREE DAYS LATER. This is one reason the Lord gave us the Catholic Church - to correctly interpret Scripture, so that folks would not read the Bible on their own a arrive at false doctrines.
  8. Having something slightly in common with a pagan belief doesn't prove it is a pagan belief.
  9. Marin Luther, wasn't he the fool who said he could commit endless deadly sins and still be saved? He also added the word "alone" to Romans 3:28 in his mendacious translation of the NT. Oh, and he wanted to throw away the books of James and Revelation. Yep, he was a real trustworthy sort of fellow!
  10. If you read the following articles, perhaps they will straighten out your misunderstanding of the Catholic doctrine of Indulgences: https://www.catholic.com/tract/myths-about-indulgences https://www.catholic.com/qa/does-the-catholic-church-still-sell-indulgences
  11. That is incorrect; it is not what the Catholic Church teaches. The Catholic Church teaches that there are sinners whose evil is such that Christ will judge them as unworthy of salvation - consequently they are not sent to Purgatory, but are instead sentenced to eternity in Hell.
  12. I think you've got it wrong. The Cross alone is not what saves us - it makes our salvation possible. Abiding in Christ is what saves us, and abiding in Christ means having faith and keeping his commandments (1John 2:3-4). A believer who doesn't keep "His commandments is "a liar, and the truth is not in him" (1John 2:3-4). James 2;24-26 says "a man is justified by works and not by faith alone" - so salvation through faith alone is unscriptural. James also says "faith without works is dead" (2:26) - so faith alone is DEAD FAITH. Nowhere in the Bible does it say we are saved by faith alone, which is a false doctrine.
  13. All doctrines of the R0man Catholic Church are correct and true - because the one, true Church is infallibly guided and taught by the Holy Spirit.
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