Updated: Jan 2
By Luke Lancaster
Many Christian groups who have split from Catholicism (stemming from Martin Luther in the 1500's)
believe that, to make it into Heaven, all that one needs is faith. They're battle cry is "Sola Fide!" or "Faith Alone!" They derive this teaching from Paul's letters to the Romans and Galatians, particularly Romans 3:28, Galatians 2:16, and Galatians 3:10. In these particular verses, which we will analyze in depth in other articles, Paul draws a contrast between faith (which is good) and works of the Law (which are bad). Non-Catholic Christians (Baptists, Lutherans, etc.) will say that one side is salvation by faith alone (Protestants), and the other side is salvation by works (Catholics). Catholics, so they say, believe that salvation is through works like baptism or acts of kindness. Protestants say, "This contradicts Paul's teaching!" However, when Paul draws the contrast between faith and works of the Law, did he have in mind Protestants and Catholics? Were those "works of the Law" really things like baptism or acts of kindness? Read articles like this to find out.