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Bible bash time!

Luke 4:4 "And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God."

In essence, there is no picking and choosing. You can't pick your favorite scriptures and hold them above all others, or ignore all others. There are a lot of scriptures that call for action on the believer's part, such as Matthew 5:16: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven."

My position -- that if we had faith in Christ, we would both rely on Him and do as He'd want us to do -- in no way nullifies the two scriptures you brought up. In my view, those scriptures are fully valid, and they work seemlessly with the rest of the Bible. Trouble comes, though, when one rejects parts of scriptures because said scriptures contradicts that person's worldview. Even the one that seems to imply that good works is somehow bad (which interpretation would contradict the rest of the Bible), is put in the context of Abraham's faith.

What was Abraham's faith? Not only did Abraham believed in God, but he paid tithes (Genesis 14:18-20), he loved and cared for and rescued his nephew (Gen 13 and 14), circumcised his household (Gen 17), interceded for Sodom (Gen 18), dealt honorably with Abimelech (Gen 21), and ultimately would have sacrificed his son if God hadn't sent His angel to stop him (Gen 22). You cannot separate Romans 4:4 and 5 from Romans 4:3 and what Abraham's faith in God meant. Yes, if Abraham was a good guy in general but didn't know God, God would not have made His covenant with him. But Abraham believed God enough to circumcise his household based entirely on the covenant he made with God, and he prepared to sacrifice his son, based solely on God's word.

He had faith enough to trust God, even when God commanded him to sacrifice his son. Thankfully, God has not commanded me to do anything so difficult. His words never cease. I accept all of it, and do what I can to follow Him, BECAUSE I have faith. Because Christ suffered and paid for me, I know that He will be there for me in all cases, to help me keep the commandments He wishes me to keep. And as I repent, He washes me clean and sanctifies me before the Father.

Belief is essential. So is action. They are not opposites. They function together beautifully.

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine