(Quote) Lina-796057 said:
This will sidetrack the thread a little.
I brought it up because Tim’s post stated an either/or situation regarding happiness, as though being happy here on earth was an impossibility. Of course, Ray, any earthly happiness is far inferior—like “seeing through a glass darkly”—to the supreme happiness experienced in Heaven. But to say we must be miserable here (especially in accepting God’s Will in our lives) is…an unfortunate statement to make. Perhaps Tim wrote incompletely and did not mean exactly what he wrote as it appeared. My question to him was sort of an elbow in his side, to see whether he’d write more of what he meant, if how it appeared to me was not exactly what he meant.
However, Ray, when you brought up “earning” Heaven, that agitated a different disagreement. We have Ephesians 2:8-9: “For it is by GRACE you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the GIFT of God—NOT BY WORKS, so that no one can boast.” In an effort to show where Catholics and Protestants agree, CatholicAnswers.com cites “the fact we are saved by grace and do not earn our place in heaven, that we must all repent of our sins and have a ‘personal relationship’ with Christ.” We should not be doing good works out of fear, so as to buy a ticket into Heaven. In that case, we are just a clanging bell or a noisy cymbal. We do good works through our love for God and His creatures, as the bounty of His love in us spills out to others. Here is another quote from Catholic Answers:
"Protestants are often confused about the role Catholics believe good works play in salvation, so you should clear this up for the Fundamentalist you know. You should explain to him that we do not perform good works in order to enter a state of justification. The Council of Trent stated that "nothing which precedes justification, whether faith or works, merits the grace of justification" (Decree on Justification 8).
In fact, it is impossible for an unjustified person to do supernaturally good works, since these are based on the virtue of charity (supernatural love), which an unjustified person does not have. Good works therefore flow from our reception of justification; they do not cause us to enter a state of justification. Good works increase the righteousness we are given at justification and please God, who promises to give us supernatural rewards on the last day, including the gift of eternal life (Rom 2:6-7, Gal 6:6-10)." www.catholic.com