Aren’t we saved by faith alone as St Paul says in Romans 3:28?
When St. Paul Says, “For we consider that a person is justified by faith apart from works of the law,” he is teaching that the works of the OT Mosaic law, such as circumcision, could not bring salvation. In the NT, faith does bring salvation, provided it is made alive by charity. Saving faith is active: it is “faith working through love.”
In 1 Cor 13:2, St. Paul tells us that faith without love (charity) is nothing (it cannot save). Charity means love of God, and Jesus says that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments. When the rich man asks Jesus what he must do to be saved, Jesus answers: “keep the commandments.” Thus it is clear from Scripture that faith alone is not enough for salvation. We must also have charity and keep God’s commandments.
St. James condemns the idea that we are saved aby faith apart from good works: “See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. …For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”
The Catholic Church teaches that we are saved by God’s grace alone. Grace enables us to have the saving faith that works in love. All good works must be done in the grace of God to have any supernatural value.
What are your thoughts about faith? Please explain below.