For a long while I have thought about Christians, catholics and others who are brothers in Christ, who say works are needed for salvation. Sometimes in the middle of the night I agree. But then I read the Bible and I personally don't see that message. An example came to me. I was wondering what if a man is in prison. He is in solitary confinement for the rest of his days. He accepts Jesus based on his faith alone, but can do no works. Is he not saved? I imagine he would be. Another one was the thief on the cross beside Jesus who accepted him. He had faith alone, he had no time to do good works, he was about to die. Jesus said he'd be in Heaven. In my simple mind this clearly means baptism, good works etc. are not required for salvation. I'm not saying you should do them for other reasons, but not for your salvation. I don't know. This is just my simple thoughts. I think it doesn't hurt to do good deeds, but I don't know if one can buy his way into heaven. Do you think when you do a good work that in a way you are trying to get in God's good books? I feel strange about it so I just rely on my faith when I think about these things. Any thoughts? Thanks and God Bless you all.