"How can you believe in salvation by faith alone when the only occurrence of ‘faith alone’ in the Bible (James 2:24) says that salvation is not by faith alone?"
It is entirely true that the one verse in the Bible that contains the exact phrase “faith alone” seems to argue against salvation by faith alone. James 2:24 reads, “You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone” (ESV). However, rejecting the doctrine of salvation by faith alone based on this verse
The word gift is an important one in the Bible, and it is good that we understand its definition and implications.
In the New Testament, there are several Greek words translated “gift.” Some of these words are used in contexts other than God’s gift of salvation, such as the reciprocal gift-giving of celebrants (Revelation 11:10), the things received from fathers (Matthew 7:11), offerings to a ministry (Philippians 4:17), and the gifts of the magi (Matthew 2:11).
I think I have a basic understanding of the Lapsarian Views within Calvinism now.
I still need to get a better concept of Arminianism.
I still need to get a better concept of Seventh Day Adventism.
I'm in a really weird position.
I know more now than I've ever known before in my entire life, and I'm learning more all the time.
There is undoubtably a greater degree of factual accuracy to what I believe I know than ever before in my entire life, and, undoubtably, the degree of factual accuracy to what I believe I know is growing greater all the time.
So why do I feel so frustrated???