The second extreme view of faith, which is focused on works alone, often leads to legalism and self-reliance, with resulting self-righteousness. It can distract from the importance of what Jesus did on the cross, and from Him as the way, the truth, and the life. (Of course, belief-based faith can ALSO do this, as people’s beliefs often become their idols – their sources of life.) Putting faith in works alone can lead to not caring about or seeking truth. A popular attitude in modern culture is, “As long as I’m a good person, I’ll go to heaven.” Or, “Do good to others, and all paths lead to the same place.” But this in itself is taking only one stance out of many possibilities.
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