When Worlds Collide

I had this discussion with a Catholic about salvation, faith, and good works. She said that for them salvation entails both faith and good works, while for us Protestants it is faith alone. I told her that our “difference” is just a play of words and that we are actually saying the same thing.

The closest analogy I could think of was about what it takes to make a relationship work – is it love alone or love and sacrifice and patience and understanding and a whole lot of other virtues? For me it is love alone, because if you truly love someone, sacrifice and patience and understanding will come naturally as they are all part of the package. Because without sacrifice and patience and understanding there can never be love.  On the other hand, if one tries to make sacrifices or exercise patience and understanding in the absence of love, one can only do for so long because without love, one cannot sustain the emotional energy demands of sacrifice, patience, and understanding.

I was thinking of completing the analogy and showing how it relates to salvation and faith, but you get the idea.

When worlds collide, when the different beliefs of two people are discussed, it doesn’t have to get ugly for as long as they try to keep an open mind and set aside their biases for a while. Because if we are indeed all seeking for the truth, although we may disagree sometimes, we will transcend (literally climb over) our differences.

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