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Rel 212 Paper - Rel A 212 Paper Chia-jung Tsai 3/24/2010...

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Rel A 212 Paper Chia-jung Tsai 3/24/2010 Justice and Mercy – Justification by faith, works and saved by grace. The law of justice and mercy is one of the most misunderstood or confused concepts in the New Testament. The confusion arises because of the difference in opinion between the leaders of the church in Jesus’ time. Paul and James are prime examples in illustrating the differences. Their independent interpretations of “Abraham being imputed for righteousness” alone can give interesting insights with regard to this subject of justification and thus how it plays with Justice and Mercy. The resulting two views are usually that on one side, justification is by faith and that through the grace of God, we are saved. Thus emphasis is placed on God’s mercy and not justice and so that work and good deeds are irrelevant. On the other hand, some advocate that works are a necessity for salvation, placing emphasis on justice. Justice and mercy may seem contradictory; however, through the Book of Mormon and latter- day revelation, we can gain clear understanding of the issue. Justice demands penalty for a person who knowingly transgress a law of God. However, no amount of good deed can offset this balance so that the penalty can be waived. The only means is through the atonement of Jesus Christ, by which only the truly penitent can obtain mercy. The atonement itself is grace as the resurrection is unconditional, and men are free to choose to use the atonement. The following scriptures and reference gives insight to the subject of the law of Justice and Mercy and along with it, justification by faith, works and grace. 5 Scriptures to do with the Law of Justice and Mercy - justification by fait, works and saved by grace. “…for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified” (Galatians 2:16) “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” (James 2:24) “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” (Romans 3:28) “For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.” (2 Nephi 25:23) “Mercy claimeth the penitent, and mercy cometh because of the atonement; and the atonement
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