5) Though works are a necessary condition for salvation, works can’t merit salvation because we are still saved by grace.
That sounds like doublespeak to me. See, here’s the problem. Origen was right on the money diagnosing me with a crisis of faith. At the moment, I am totally unable to see why Jesus had to die, especially if we need works to be saved. What makes some sense to me is the idea that no one can live up to God’s standards of morality; and that’s why a loving God had to send a sacrificial messiah; unlike “regular” humanity the messiah COULD keep God’s law perfectly, making him a perfect sacrifice; anyone who believes in the messiah is free from the postmortem punishment they deserved for failing to live up to God’s standards.
Now you (and others) are saying no, we CAN live up to God’s standards, and failing to live up to them results in our postmortem punishment. Then why the heck did Jesus have to die?!? If we CAN live up to God’s standards with our works, and NEED to, why couldn’t God just let people into heaven based on our works? What does the messiah dying a horrible death add to the standing of a person who otherwise was keeping the law?