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If faith always manifests into good work then why does James say that faith without works is dead? Why would he tell the faithful to do good works if it is automatically brought with faith anyways? Seems a bit redundant doesn't it?
originally posted by: BELIEVERpriest
a reply to: Akragon
If faith doesnt develop into good works, then the faith was a lie.
Real faith autonomously motivates acts of love.
So called acts of love void of faith are done to mask lack of faith.
First clean the inside then polish the outside. The Law of Love starts with faith alone and becomes much more.
That is nothing but what you've been taught...
it has no basis in reality...
All you know is what is taught. Would you know the Law of Love had Jesus not disclosed it?
Really, so you arent what you think? You must be some kind of robot then.
originally posted by: jmdewey60
a reply to: windwordI would suggest that Josephus was intentionally obfuscating to protect the group that he formerly belonged to by giving disinformation.
That's absolutely untrue. We know quite a bit of the Essene, not only through Josephus, who was initiated with them . . .
So is nothing known of them or is what is known disinformation?
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commands and remain in his love.
21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.
1 John 2
3 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. 4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
1 John 5
3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome
originally posted by: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
a reply to: BELIEVERpriest
If someone cannot see the truth because of what they were raised to think, no matter what the case or religion is, they are not capable of critical thinking in that particular area of thought. That is not bigotry, it's the truth.
1 John 2
5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him
I just find it ironic that a worker of good according to the Law of Love would assume someone else is brainwashed just because you refuse to look through their eyes for just a moment. Like I said, that is elitism.
1 John 2
6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.