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The preceding eight Greek overlay 'transparencies" have in progressive fashion produced the adjacent picture, with its illumination of undifferentiated words coded by like colors. This image reveals two juxtaposed biblical passages: Rom 3:27- 4:6 and James 2:17 - 26. Both have nearly the same word count yet neither have any words taken out of context.

Mathematical probability precludes the two from being mutually exclusive, and the Septuagint ‘copy errors’ cited at the bottom of the page further elevates this preclusion to a certitude.

Moreover, Paul concludes: "That a man is justified by faith apart from works" and James states the exact opposite: "You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone."  Both cannot be true!

The two passages below prove these facts before even considering the deeper contradictions of thelogy which evoke the following questions:

Would God, as supposed Author of both passages, have so obfuscated His simple Gospel such that the very souls He came to save would be imperiled?

Could Satan have conjured up a more egrgious lie for man to present before God's Holy Face than that which offers up his "filthy rags of righteousness" for justification along side that of The Father's free gift of Himself as Jesus at Calvary? No wonder Paul's double curse upon all those who would preach "another gospel" which is not 'The Gospel' of His mercy and Grace!

Romans 3:27- 4:6                                                      James 2:17-26       

Where therefore is the boasting?

 

Excluded! By what law? Of works? No, But by the law of faith. For we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law. Of the Jews is He the God only? Not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, since there is one God Who will justify the circumcision by faith and the uncircumcision through faith. Do we then make void the law by faith? May it not be! Rather we confirm the law. What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, the father of us, according to the flesh? For if Abraham by works was justified he had something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the scripture say? Abraham, moreover, believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Now to him who works, the wages are counted not as a gift, but of something due. But to him that does not work, but who believes on Him Who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness: even as David speaks of the blessedness of

 the man  to whom  God  accounts righteousness apart from works.

 

 

I will show you from the works  of me!

 

 

So also faith, if it have not works is dead by itself. But someone will say, you have faith and I have works. Show me your faith apart from your works and I will show you from the works of me, the faith. You believe that there is one God? You do well! Even the demons believe and tremble. But wilt thou know, old vain man, that the faith apart from works is dead. Was not Abraham the father of us, by works justified when he offered up Isaac his son upon the altar? You see that the faith wrought with the works of him and from the works, the faith was made complete -- fulfilling the Scripture saying,   Abraham moreover, believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness and a friend of  God he was called. You see that by works a man is justified and not from faith alone! Likewise also was not Rahab the prostitute by works justified when she had received the messengers and had sent them out another way? For just as the body apart from the spirit is dead so also is faith apart from works is dead.

 

 

Where therefore is the boasting?

 

 Boasting? It is excluded! By what law? Of works?  No! But by the law of faith.  For we conclude that

 a man  is justified  by faith  apart from  works of the law.  Of the Jews is He the God only? Not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, since there is one God Who will justify the circumcision by faith and the uncircumcision through faith. Do we then make void the law by faith? May it not be! Rather we confirm the law. What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, the father of us, according to the flesh? For if Abraham by works was justified he had something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the scripture say? Abraham, moreover, believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

Now to him who works, the wages are counted not as a gift, but of something due. But to him that does not work, but who believes on Him Who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness: even as David speaks of the blessedness of a man to whom God accounts righteousness apart from works.

 

I will show you from the works of me!

 

So also faith, if it have not works is dead by itself. But someone will say, you have faith and I have works. Show me your faith apart from your works and I will show you from the works of me, the faith. You believe that there is one God? You do well! Even the demons believe and tremble. But wilt thou know, old vain man, that the faith apart from works is dead. Was not Abraham the father of us, by works justified when he offered up Isaac his son upon the altar? You see that the faith wrought with the works of him and from the works, the faith was made complete fulfilling the Scripture saying Abraham, moreover, believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness and a friend of God        he was called. You see that by works a man is justified and not from faith alone! Likewise also was not Rahab the prostitute by works justified when she had received the messengers and had sent them out another way? For just as the body apart from the spirit is dead so also is faith apart from works is dead.

Imagining responsive reading?

 

[James] So also faith, if it have not works is dead by itself. But someone will say, you have faith and I have works. Show me your faith apart from your works and I will show you from the works of me, the faith.

 

[Paul] Where therefore is the boasting? It is excluded! By what law? Of works? No! But by the law of faith. For we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the law. Of the Jews is He the God only? Not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, since there is one God Who will justify the circumcision by faith and the uncircumcision through faith.

 

[James] You believe that there is one God? You do well! Even the demons believe and tremble. But wilt thou know, old vain man, that the faith apart from works is dead.

 

[Paul] Do we then make void the law by faith? May it not be! Rather we confirm the law. What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, the father of us, according to the flesh? For if Abraham by works was justified he had something to boast about, but not before God.

 

[James] Was not Abraham the father of us, by works justified when he offered up Isaac his son upon the altar? You see that the faith wrought with the works of him and from the works, the faith was made complete fulfilling the Scripture saying

 

[Paul] For what does the scripture say?

 

[Paul and James] Abraham, moreover, believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

 

[James] And a friend of God he was called. You see that by works a man is justified and not from faith alone! Likewise also was not Rahab the prostitute by works justified when she had received the messengers and had sent them out another way? For just as the body apart from the spirit is dead so also is faith apart from works is dead.

 

[Paul] Now to him who works, the wages are counted not as a gift, but of something due. But to him that does not work, but who believes on Him Who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness: even as David speaks of the blessedness of a man to whom God accounts righteousness apart from works.