i've recently been engaged in a very good dialog with several Christian friends concerning the nature of works and the Judgement Day and i am curious as to the Muslim view that may be shared in this regard.
there are two distinct views in this regard within the Christian tradition and, though we have some Christian members here and i am interested in their view, this thread is mainly to ask the Muslims their view.
so.. without further ado, here is the relevant bit from the question part of the ongoing conversation:
Rev 2:23And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
Rev 20:12And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Rev 22:12And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
so.. my question is thus:
how does one reconcile the fact that Revelations says that i'll be judged according to my works and not my faith in Jesus?
please be clear, this is not a question of Salvation. Salvation and Judgement are not the same and thus have different criteria and so forth.
naturally, i would expect Muslims to address the question from the view of Islam, not Christianity.
as such, i shall reword the question for this esteemed forum, thusly:
what is the value or impact of postive moral and ethical actions is one does not possess the corresponding belife in Allah during the Judgement?
certianly i understand that Allah, alone, knows these things, as such, i'm not asking for a binding opinion.. i am, however, asking for the view that the forum members have with regards to this topic.
thank you in advance for your time and answers