posted on Mar, 31 2013 @ 06:43 PM
reply to post by 3NL1GHT3N3D1
. . . why do Christians believe that faith is what saves when Jesus clearly says keeping the Law is what saves?
They get that
from Paul, and it seems Paul's words have been used by unscrupulous theologians to be 'proof texts' for their own salvation theories, without
troubling themselves with trying to understand what he meant.
Faith became through Paul's usage of the word, a specific theological term.
What he was saying is very similar to what Jesus was saying, but put a different way, as the new definition was now in effect by the time Paul had his
Gospel formulated and was preaching and writing on it.
Where Jesus was picking through the wordage of the old written Law and extracting the fundamental principles, and putting his spirit into it by saying
what he thought they meant; Paul was understanding those things as they were now being carried along by Christ's spirit, from Jesus' position and
vantage point in heaven.
So to summarize the principle now in play, as understood by Paul: what the Law was before the ascension of Christ, now Faith is, in the new age since
Christ began to reign over the earth through those who believed in him.
"Faith" is the spiritual law written on our hearts, by the spirit of God, given to us by Jesus.
You can live a life of Faith, where living for Faith is following those promptings on your conscience to do those things which are right, and you know
they are right because the spirit tells you.
edit on 31-3-2013 by jmdewey60 because: (no reason given)