Controversy arises regarding the definition of faith, because it is often defined in a number of different and conflicting ways by religious persons. Even demons have faith (James 2:19) – but only one faith is true. We have learned that faith is necessary to please God and it is also a key for salvation. Nonetheless, faith is commonly referred as both the firm belief in something to which there is no proof, and as the belief of traditional doctrines of a religion. For Christians, faith is mainly based on the work and teachings of Jesus Christ. In Hebrews 11:1 Paul defines faith as follows:
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In gospels, Jesus answered questions regarding eternal life, and stated that his beliefs were the essence of the law and prophets: love God and your neighbor. Subsequently, we should not acknowledge his death the same way the church does. The meaning of his death, and the sacrifice that was to satisfy God and enable him to bring salvation to us, contradicts Jesus’ judgment. Contrary to the statement, he insists that God operates the logic of mercy, rather that of sacrifice, payback and punishment.
Although the messages of Jesus and Paul were fundamentally different, Pauline theology uses the same dogma as that of Christ, which is a Christocentric persuasion – term that describes the traditional Christian view that fullness of divine revelation and end of humanity’s redemption centers upon Christ. Yet they differ in the following: Jesus preaches repentance, baptism, and faith as necessary for salvation. While Paul, preaches faith alone as necessary for salvation.
Paul’s faith is simultaneously a personal and testimonial faith that not only tries to give a reason, but also seeks to influence, move and impersonate. As a result, faith in Jesus, the Mesiah, and Kyrios, reaches its culmination and finds confession in favor of Jesus, to whom God has revived. Paul’s heresy is mainly focused on four major premises, the latter three of which are not found elsewhere in the New Testament: Salvation is found in Jesus, that it comes via the intangible expression of faith, that faith is a product of God’s grace and not human performance, and that as newcomers to the faith like Paul we can also become apostles with Christ.
Paul’s emphasis also relies on sacrifice and forgiveness, and Jesus holds that faith in his father not only brings about blessings to your life, is also essential to eternal salvations. Scriptures declare, “All men must believe on the name of Jesus Christ, and worship the father in his name, and endure in faith to the end, or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God.”
It does not take a very sharp mind to observe that Paul’s doctrine believes that human kind needs to be saved from something, Idolatry. At the heart of Romans 1:18-32 we review that Paul’s concern, is when people give ultimate loyalty to entities other than God. Two types of idolatry exist; of nations and covenant people. Paul critiques the way people in the covenant community embraces idolatry in relation to the law. He...