If everyman will be rewarded according to his own works, how can sins be remitted?
Those sentences which are colored in orange are from Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati book Satyarth Prakash (The Light of Truth) and those which are colored in black are Jerry Thomas’s response.
"And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." (22:12.)
C. ~ If it be true that every man shall be rewarded according to his works, sins can never be remitted, but if they are remitted this statement of the Bible is false. If it be said that remission of sins is also recorded in the Bible the two statements are self-contradictory. You should therefore cease to believe in it. How much shall we write? The Christian Bible contains hundreds of thousands of things that are condemnable. We have only shown here a few absurdities; they will suffice to convince the wise of the untruth of it. Except a few things, all other are false. Truth adulterated with untruth can never remain pure and hence the works that contain it can never be acceptable. Besides in the acceptance of the Vedas the whole truth is accepted.
Answer: As for the question on the works and rewards, LORD Jesus Christ Himself has answered that question.
John 6: 28-29 “Then they said to Him, "What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?" Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent."
Therefore, this in no way contradicts the remission of sins as taught by the Holy Bible.
As we saw, charges of Maharishi regarding the Holy Bible were based on his ignorance or shallow understanding. Probably, any number of questions that he may have had also was of the same nature.
The Holy Bible comes once again as the revealed Holy Scripture from the Holy God.
We can confidently say:
Proverbs 30:5 “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.”
Psalms 119: 139-140 My zeal has consumed me, Because my enemies have forgotten Your words. Your word is very pure; Therefore Your servant loves it.”
Revelation 22: 20-21 “He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.