Is Half of The Story Sufficient For Salvation?

How many sides are there to a story? If you say two, then you are wrong. If you had one side and I had one side, that would make two sides. However, there is a third side, the side of truth.

Rule # 1... One half of truth does not a truth make. Neither does one half of a story make the full story. No intelligent person can hear one side of a story and decide which side has the truth. Both sides have to be heard, then analyzed, and then a decision has to be made as to which side (if either) has a valid story, and after that, the right side(s), or truth side, can be determined.

This thinking holds true for discerning what Holy Scripture tells us. Throughout the Bible there are double standards, yet the fundamentalist thinking shows only one standard, or one side of the story, or only one half of the truth. Their thinking is in violation of rule # 1. With only one half of truth, you do not have truth. Anything less than the whole truth is error.

In the following examples, side 'A' is the first side, side 'B' is the second, and side 'C' is the right, or truth side.

Example # 1... Sola Scriptura... Only the Bible. Fundamentalist thinking is that the Bible is sufficient and nothing else is needed for salvation. First of all, in order to believe in the 'Bible Only' philosophy, you have to show that Scripture says it. Is that not true? The doctrine of 'Sola Scriptura' is not to be found in Scripture.

Example # 2... Sola Fides... Saved by faith alone. The fundamentalist believes he is assured of salvation. All he has to do is to accept Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and savior and salvation is automatic and irrevocable no matter what he does for the rest of his life. Oh Yeah? What happened to the ten commandments?

Example # 3... Sola Gratia... or saved by the Grace of GOD. This is the belief that all are saved solely by the Grace of GOD. The thinking is that all will be saved no matter what they do in this life. Everyone of us is given sufficient grace for our salvation. However, that grace can be rejected and lost by the individual.

Example # 4... Idol Worship... This is another argument aimed against the Catholic Church since it has statues of Jesus and Mary, and other saints.

Example # 5... Repetitive Prayer... non-Catholics claim repetitive prayer is forbidden by Scripture. This statement is aimed squarely at the Catholic prayer of the Rosary.

Example # 6... Call No Man your Father... This has long been a stumbling block for non-Catholics and for no real reason. Catholics call priests 'father'. This is why the stumble.

Example # 7... There Can Be Only One Mediator between GOD and man... No one should ever pray to another person as that is against the Bible. This is another stumbling block that non-Catholics have with Blessed Mary, and with Catholics saying the Rosary.

I hope this little exercise has helped you to understand why there are so many 'apparent' conflicts in Holy Scripture, with some verses seemingly contradicting others. They really are not contradictory when you come to the realization that there are three sides to every story. When the full truth is known, then there is no need to try to explain away any verses in scripture. The Bible is harmonious from beginning to end. Nothing can be added, and nothing can be removed. It all fits together perfectly.

Updated May 25, 2000
Updated June 14, 2009

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