What good is it if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If you say to them, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but do nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that - and shudder.
Do you want
evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our ancestor Abraham
considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the
altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and
his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was
fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as
righteousness," and he was called God's friend. You see that a person is
justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
... James 2:14-26 ...
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* NOTES *
claims to have faith, what he or she may have is intellectual assent -
agreement with a set of Christian teachings - and as such it would be
incomplete faith. True faith transforms our conduct as well as our
thoughts. If our lives remain unchanged, we don't truly believe the truths
we claim to believe.
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