Faith or Actions

by Eric Goldin

Hi,

My name is Eric Goldin. I’m currently a college student who has Autism. I love to talk about my views on wide variety of topics. I especially love talking about politics, religion, and philosophy.  Getting into worldly discussions with people is a great passion for me. Today I want to talk about a religious topic. I’m not going to bash any religion. I’m not going to promote any religion. I just want to talk about my views today on a divide amongst Christians – those who believe Actions earn you a spot into Heaven, and those who believe only the good graces of God admits you into Heaven.

This is a very interesting topic for me. I’ve talked to a couple different Pastors and Theologians on the issue. It has come to my understanding that most mainstream Christians today believe every human being is rotten with sin and deserves condemnation to Hell, but only the good graces of God admits you into Heaven. However, there are a few Christians who believe actions and worldly deeds earn you a spot into Heaven. Both sides make sense to me and I want to give the pros and cons on both views.

First I want to talk about the Christians who believe the good graces of God admits you into Heaven. This makes perfect sense to me because every human being is a sinner by nature. Even the most morally righteous person does many bad things in their everyday life. I would like to think of myself as a good person – a person who deserves to go to Heaven on my own accord – but in reality I don’t deserve Heaven. I have done many bad things in my life. I have many selfish thoughts daily. I lust for things daily. I blame others for my short comings daily. It makes perfect sense that only God admits you into Heaven. However, I don’t believe faith alone can admit you into Heaven. I believe it takes something more – that’s where actions come in.

I mean, what good is it to call yourself a Christian if you don’t live a good lifestyle. I personally belive to be a Christian you have to help your fellow man and be helping of all mankind. I believe you have to help those in need and be a good humanitarian. I believe God looks at all the good works that you do and sees if you deserve to go to Heaven. However, there’s a problem with this. Even the best person in the world has sinned everyday of his life – has been selfish everyday of his life. It could be the good graces of God that admits you into Heaven.

Overall, there are many viewpoints on this issue. I think both viewpoints have much validity, but each one has a few cons. I personally tend to believe God looks at your actions on Earth and you earn a spot in Heaven. But I want to know what you think. Please leave a comment and leave your opinion.

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