I am trying to understand your belief of salvation by Faith alone rather than by Faith and Works. As I understand it, Faith (belief) in Jesus (God) alone will bring anyone salvation even after a life totally lacking in good works towards our fellow man and even after a life full of evil works towards the same. I’ve gotten this understanding from both non-Catholic friends/acquaintances and this forum.
At non-Catholic Christian Services I’ve heard many strong sermons filled with the fire and brimstone of the damned and here lies my uncertainty. If all who believe in Jesus are saved, including all sinners, is it your belief hell exists solely for Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Multi-theists, Atheists and other non-Christians ? If so, is there is no chance of salvation for those who die following these non-Christian Faiths/beliefs ?
Thanks in advance for your answers.
Not all non-Catholic Christians believe works are not necessary. Some believe and continue to follow the word as written concerning salvation. The idea that works are not necessary to complete salvation stem mostly from Southern Baptist theology. They say that anyone who relies on works denigrates God’s grace, falling back on the need to live by law, instead. Anyone who loses his salvation was never saved at all. To a great extent they are correct, but they fail to see that living with the Holy Spirit prompts one to do good works. Denying those works denies the leading of the Spirit, placing man in the position of becoming his own god once again. That is what started the whole mess in the garden and God never gave us a plan to continue living in sin.
After turning to Jesus for help he told people, ":Go and sin no more.": The salvation he granted from their immediate circumstances could easily be thrown away by wrong actions. It is the doctrine ":once saved always saved": that causes confusion. We can continue living with the Holy Spirit or we can turn away. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the only unpardonable sin because Christ will not die again. There is such a thing as gratitude that we express to one another but so many times we deny that same sentiment to God.
As was already pointed out, Noah could have had all the faith in the world. Without the work he would have been lost. Just as Noah was saved through the waters of the flood, we are also saved through the waters of baptism. Mull that one over for a while.
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That they said (in boast), ":We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah.:- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, **and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow***, for of a surety they killed him not:-
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