Acts vs. Faith: Which Is more Important?

9 min readFeb 11, 2020

How do we attain salvation?

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How do we attain salvation and get into Heaven? Is it by ‘being a good person?’ If so, what’s the definition of that? Is it by doing good deeds? If so, how many does it take? Or is faith in Jesus Christ the only element we need? Would an “evil” person, such as a serial murderer for example, get into Heaven if they had faith in Jesus?

How do we attain salvation? Is it good deeds, or faith? Is it both?

Faith is All it Takes!

The short answer is “faith.” It is only by faith in Jesus Christ that we attain our salvation. The bible verses stating this are Ephesians 2:8–9 ... but it would be a crime to quote those and not add in verse 10. So here’s Ephesians 2:8–10 (CEB).

You are saved by God’s grace because of your faith. This salvation is God’s gift. It’s not something you possessed. (9) It’s not something you did that you can be proud of. (10) Instead, we are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives.

And so the full answer is “faith, but don’t forget your good works either! God made you for those!” The reason faith overrides all else is because our faith is premised on the forgiveness of sins and redemption of…




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