Originally posted by turtbub+Aug 19 2005, 03:33 PM--[/right]
I'm not exactly up on my Christian Bible quotes so I can't tell you where to find it, but there is a quote that complements the "you need faith, not good works alone" quote: it says that you need good works, and not just faith alone. So even Protestants need good works, dear. I'll see if I can find it.
Edit: Found it: James 2:24 24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
Justified isn't the same as being saved. Yes, good works are a great thing, but that's not what saves you. The Bible says many, many times that all you need is faith.
"Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."
"If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast."
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost."
There are plenty more, if you're interested I can look them up for you. I'm not trying to debate you or anything, just to exchange opinions.
Because they don't think that just believing in Jesus will save them. They think they have to do good works as well. AND they pray to Mary. Isn't that idolatry?
They don't think so. And I'd say it's not idolatry, although it is not optimal.