The Catholic view of merit

Aquinas, Etc.

Many (or most, or bunches of) Protestants have the false idea in their heads that the Catholic Church teaches we are saved by our works: that we can merit entrance into heaven somehow based upon something we do. This is so common a mistake that it is practically assumed by lots of them to be an accurate thumbnail depiction of how things really are. Unfortunately someone hit that thumb with a hammer, and so the picture is completely distorted and swollen. And it hurts like heck.

Here is what the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church has to say about the subject:

In general merit refers to the right to recompense for a good deed. With regard to God, we of ourselves are not able to merit anything, having received everything freely from him. However, God gives us the possibility of acquiring merit through union with the love…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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5 Responses to The Catholic view of merit

  1. aquinasetc says:

    Thank you kindly for the reblog 🙂




  2. jamesbradfordpate says:

    My pleasure!


  3. travojones says:

    So you’re saying those indulgences I bought are worthless? Damn.


  4. jamesbradfordpate says:

    Lol! I think those are supposed to get you out of purgatory!


  5. Interesting post 🙂


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