Monday, April 23, 2007

When addressing the discussion of faith versus works many people cite Paul, particularly in Galatians chapters two and three. However, Paul does not address work, but rather works of the law. “Works of the law” is understood to be the regulations of the Jewish Torah, whereas “works” is generally good deeds. Circumcision, sacrifices and dietary restrictions are just a few of the things that fall under the category “works of the law.” Works as many people argue it is acts of charity: care for widows and the poor, love of one’s neighbor. Works as charity is the definition given by James, not Paul. For Paul faith and works can be better explained as trusting in God versus trusting in the law.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Romans girl, Romans discusses faith vs works too. It's more a question of weather or not "living a good life" can get you into heaven.
-d

Tokyo Pink said...

That's true, I'm not disputing that. I'm just arguing that was not what he was talking about in Galatians. I cite Romans in the paper, don't worry.

Oh, and D? It kills me how you misspell whether everytime. I wasn't going to say anything, but I must.

Anonymous said...

I shall misuse my weather's whether or not you like it :) .... forever, because it's my destiny and also because it make me laugh :) Even more than misusing theres' and too's, which are also fun.

Anonymous said...

Furthermore, I don't like the way the fake weather starts with the w-h-e. It's fruity, I move that it be struck from the English language. It's my one man gorilla war...

-d

Tokyo Pink said...

Do you mean guerilla war?

Anonymous said...

Hahaha, I didn't even mien to do it that time.