Re: Old Earth and Original Sin
Hebrews 11 tells you what made men righteous in the Old Testament. Faith is not meritorious, though it does please God. Abel, Methusaleh, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, etc were righteous before God by the same thing that John, Paul, Luke, Peter, and every other Christian, by Grace through faith, not of works lest any man should boast, it is the Gift of God. ( See Ephesians 2) See also below...
Originally Posted by divaD
Romans 4: 3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
So yes, believing is something that we must do, but it does not merit, earn, or purchase salvation as some meritorious work. Faith merely accepts Grace, justifying, sanctifying, enabling, quickening grace that teaches us that we should deny ungodliness and worldly lusts and live soberly, righteously, and Godly in this present world.
1 John 1:7- But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
2 Corinthians 7:1- Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.