James - F rank Hager Int ro to the New Testament Review #8...

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Frank Hager Intro to the New Testament Review #8 April 16, 2010 Faith and/or Works? The main goal of many religions is the desire to make it to the afterlife. Different religions present different measured to reach this goal; some believe that certain people are predestined; some believe the afterlife will be in a different form, like an animal; some believe that there is no promising afterlife but just eternal damnation. Probably because of the psychology of the human brain in desiring a healthier, happier, and overall better after life, many religions, including the Christ movement, promised eternal salvation to its followers. The early leaders of the Church had to establish the means by which one is admitted into heaven and where others do not make the cut. In this essay, I will compare and contrast the criteria written by James and Paul, which may appear quite different to begin, but are actually very similar. First, in James’ letter, we see that both faith and works are required to reach the afterlife. James states, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say that you have
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This note was uploaded on 07/19/2010 for the course NES 2326 taught by Professor Haines-eitzen during the Spring '10 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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