Sunday, 10 July 2011

Sola Fide (by faith alone)

I read recently that the Protestant branch of Christianity has a belief called Sola Fide, or by faith alone, which says that basically, access to Heaven is granted not by actions, but by ones Faith in God, they see being a good person as just a sign of faith, but that good actions are not necessarily required to be allowed into Heaven.

I learnt about this while I was learning about Purgatory, the belief that there is some kind of place in between the afterlife and death, where sinners are given a last chance to repent before Hell, and people can reflect on what they've done before the final judgement. Protestants don't believe in this apparently, and this tenet is their alternative, as they claim Purgatory is not specifically mentioned in the bible.

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This really struck me as something quite interesting, as it opposes most views catholicism has. By this tenet, this belief, a homosexual could get to Heaven, and I really think that they can, I don't think God would turn his back on any of His creations, and there are some homosexuals who do, despite everything, believe in God. If anything, these people are showing a heightened level of faith, because of everything Gods "servants" have done to them, they still believe in Him, whereas all the people who bash them, claiming to be doing it for Him, clearly haven't learned anything.

It states several times in the Bible that you should care for all people, regardless of creed or colour. I'm going to try and avoid ranting about Catholicisms views on gays, as I really just wanted to bring something I found interesting to your attention, but knowing me, if I don't rant about it now, I will do eventually.

Some of my thoughts on God are things you won't really find in a religion, so I just want to make it clear, I don't have a religious faith, but I also don't have a problem with God, I have a belief in Him, I think there is a God, but I have a major problem with religions, not necessarily all religious people, my dad is an amazing Christian who actually learned his lessons, and I know others, but the things are filled with hypocrites, but that is another subject for another day.

I like to think God gives everyone a chance, and that this is one way in which a religion can, and does, accept that and show that as part of their faith. Not bad for a religion that was started mostly because a king wanted to marry again when the church told him no. Jeez if a religious person sees this I'm probably going to get hate mail, but my dad laughed at that, he's a protestant, it's all cool!

16 comments:

  1. Sola Fide is my biggest issue with protestants

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  2. Times like this I wish I could reply to a comment, cos I'm wondering why, but maybe you'll see this anyway lol.

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  3. Sola Fide, with no intentions to offend, sounds stupid. This whole "heaven" concept was created so that we behaved morally, to believe there's a reason why not stomp on others with our actions. If you remove the 'actions' part, then what's the point of heaven?

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  4. I personally don`t believe in afterlife. But I love reading other peoples opinions , Followed!(:

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  5. You have a point, I never thought about it that way before. How insightful :)

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  6. This is quite insightful. I'm too nonreligious to really understand other people's religions but I like the way you're bringing this to light.

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  7. Don't know about the afterlife...
    alphabetalife.blogspot.com

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  8. Hmm I always think about this kinda stuff, I'll follow you to see what going on.

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  9. Sounds like one of the problems that has driven me from organized realigons, people who go out of their way to tell you about their religon, but don't follow their religon in everyday life.

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  10. Things like deathbed repenting, but that's not it. It's the fact that a god who is all power, all knowing, and everywhere is so caught up in human existence that only those who believe in a very specific interpretation of god are allowed into heaven. Which means that despite the entire population of the earth now, and that has ever existed, only a percentage are permitted to experience eternal bliss, despite how good of people they are or what their deeds reflect. Then again, I don't believe in god, so whatever.

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  11. Mark, I am a firm believer in Sola Fide. I am happy you posted about it. It is the only logical, yet irrational way to follow God

    Check me out @ http://yearningandlearning.blogspot.com/
    ;)

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  12. Sounds like one of the problems that has driven me from organized realigons, people who go out of their way to tell you about their religon, but don't follow their religon in everyday life.

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  13. I personally don`t believe in afterlife. But I love reading other peoples opinions , Followed!(:

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