For centuries, Christians have had a difficult time reconciling paradoxes and messages that emphasize different aspects of a truth.
For instance, there’s been a long-standing debate that Paul and James preached messages that contradicted each other. The book of James emphasizes works, even stating that we are saved by works, while the book of Galatians emphasizes grace, stating that we are saved by grace through faith.
This apparent discrepancy clears when one realizes that James was writing to libertines who turned God’s grace into a license to sin. In Galatians, Paul was writing to legalists who were making works the basis of salvation. However, both authors agree that true faith works by and is manifested through works of love. So understanding that each apostle was writing to two different audiences causes the contradiction to clear.[Continue Reading…]