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While James say, your being judged justly and rightly has sequential or collective dependence of your chain of actions, the "justified by faith alone" sola fide of Paul, is the final-rung in the sequential-chain or parallel-threads of events. Is it because of the mis understanding of these two modes of the word, that the protestant churches are in disagreement with the Orthodox and Catholic churches.

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Therefore when it comes to the basis of the Greek text, Martin Luther's sola fide may have a rather poor foundation, aliasing two different concepts, and selling them as the same thing. I don't think I am answering your question completely which asks for specific "deeds" in the sequential chain or collective actions for James-mode justification. However, I am pointing out that James-mode and Paul-mode justification are not the same, grammatically and synthetically. I had to bring in Paul-mode justification, because it is inescapable having to discuss sola fide, when discussing Christian justification theology.

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You can however ask questions about how to interpret a specific text. Generally we do not do pastoral advice type of questions similar to the Christianity SE however a question about what James means by "actions" is on topic, so I have edited to match. Related question on Christianity. Note the bolded parts from the quote: What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don't show it by your actions?

So the "actions" one needs to do are love God and love others in a true love way. ScottS ScottS Thank you for your answer ScottS, I know that a full comprehensive list would be hard, but I'm looking for points within the bible. As creating cross references is hard and we do have them, I would like to know the most important ones which are directly written in the Bible, as of others that are not written directly but they are done for good.

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  • AlbertVonpupp: Your statement shows a misunderstanding still. Righteousness of works requires perfection as the ultimate goal, meaning there is no such thing as "the most important ones" whether directly written in the Bible or not. James notes offending in any point is as if you offended in all or any with respect to guilt. And that is just in reference to the Law; that is not counting that God designed people to be like Him Gen , including fully righteous.

    So creating a list, even from the Bible, misses the point that we are to do righteously in the fullest sense. Here is one list of commands in just the NT. I cannot attest to the accuracy of it, nor what level of overlap, not the context of each to know whether it applies generally to anyone.

    I hope, however, that is shows to some extent the fruitlessness of seeking a list to follow, rather than taking the commands as general principles of how to live. There is a reason Christ summed morality in those two commands, because again, an exhaustive list is impossible to follow. But two base principles are easy to remember and live by. AlbertVonpupp: However, one thing I do disagree with that link in the previous comment is this: "If obeyed, they will bring rich rewards here and forever; if disobeyed, they will bring condemnation and eternal punishment. Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such trials as came to those who passed away before you?

    Tests are also a way of purifying us. The Prophet saws said, No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that. Allah swt has told us in numerous places in the Quran about the reality of His rewards for those who believe and do righteous deeds.

    We will be expected to work towards what we want to achieve. It is impossible to attain true success without actually carrying out the means for it. The real success here refers to the eternal joy of the hereafter. If the regards the reward as great, then it is indeed great. Allah has promised those who believe and do deeds of righteousness, that for them there is forgiveness and a great reward. Severe trials indicate greater success just as harder questions bring a higher mark.

    So expect to bear greater hardship in order to attain greater success, and remember what will be said to the successful on the day of Judgement:. Indeed, this is for you a reward, and your effort has been appreciated. Even a step taken for the sake of Allah is rewarded and it never becomes wasted. Therefore, the more steps you take the better.


    In spite of the endless rewards that come after severe trials, it is unacceptable to ask Allah for such trials. It is best to make dua to Allah swt as to avoid such severe trials in the first place. However, once Allah has decided to test you with such tribulations, it is also unacceptable to be ungrateful and discontent. Oh Allah, enlighten our Eman, grant us from Yourself mercy. How can i share this with others , i am using hotmail. Pls inform me if somebody knows. JazakAllahu Khairan. Asalamu alaiykum. I love this article. I felt it was speaking directly at me especially when I get emails from this website addressing my name.

    I feel thrilled and very happy that I am getting such positive attention,. So again thank you for the advice. May Allah bless you and your family ameen. Jazak-Allah Khairan, I feel honoured you took the time to mention my name…..

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    May Allah increase us in His worship and obedience. May we live and die as true muslims no matter the challenges we face. Alhamdulillah thx a lot for this article, it is an excellent reminder and so good to keep in mind. May Allah bless you for writing and uploading it! These mails are a great blessing.. South Korea.

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