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    Hello from a Catholic Teen

    About Bibles, does the translation matter? I haven't really looked, since my parents would never allow me to attend one. They have been very consistent in taking the family to Sunday Mass and wouldn't allow for anything different. Would it be wrong to study from home, until I have my own freedoms? That answers the question from above, thank you.
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    Faith Alone and Matthew 25

    I appreciate the help! That makes sense. I had never considered these to be two different situations, that clears everything up. And thank you for showing me a better way to study! I appreciate it. I think that clears up my final doubts about my being saved, but it will take some time to get used to thinking this way. I'm so used to thinking about salvation, but usually in how to earn or secure it. Another verse Catholics use in an attempt to prove that faith is not only what saves is one in James where James says "Faith without works is dead". I had it explained to me, though, that faith without works IS dead, but works still don't have a place in salvation. Faith alone saves you, and works make that faith alive. However, this verse DOES NOT mean that works save you at all. Would that be accurate to say?
  3. So I have been convinced by the Bible that ONLY Jesus can save us from sins, not rosaries I used to say or indulgences or Mary's intercessory graces or submitting to the Pope. Only JESUS saves us. It follows, then, that we CANNOT earn our own salvation. We can do no works to get ourselves saved. In fact, Jesus says that whoever believes will be saved. AND YET... In Matthew 25, where the sheep are separated from the goats, Christ judges by who feed the hungry, clothed the naked, gave drink to the thirsty, ect. I.E. who performed works and who didn't. Faith isn't even mentioned. Why this apparent contradiction? -isaac
  4. Hello all. I am a teen raised in a Catholic home. One parent converted from Lutheranism, another from a pentacostal church. Unlike most kids my age, I got VERY into theology and reading about faith. I read myself into the ultra-traditionalist Catholic groups and have been SUPER devoted to Mary and super Latin-Mass obsessed. Now, I have been reading several Jack Hyles sermons online. I realize now that Catholicism is false but don't know where to go from there. I want to be a true Christian and came here to seek help with that.
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