try to live by the values I've learned with malice toward none and charity
the extent that might describe you, I think that is both honorable and commendable.
But that no more qualifies you to coexist with God in his holy perfection
than a freshly washed cockroach is clean enough to live on my wife's kitchen
counter. No offense; none of us are, save for the redeeming work of Christ
on the cross (to be with God, that is; you're probably okay for my wife's
are different ways this topic could go, many of which are covered elsewhere.
But for here, let me share this verse from Matthew 19 (NIV) talking about
the insufficiency of living a decent life:
[commandments] I have kept,' the young man said. 'What do I still lack?'
Jesus answered, 'If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions
and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come,
follow me.' When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he
had great wealth."
point wasn't about the money, as many godly figures from ancient times to
modern day have had great wealth. Jesus' point was about the man's unwillingness
to completely surrender himself to the Lord. Indeed, "Lord" is the one to
whom you must say yes. So in responding "no" to Jesus' command, the man
revealed Jesus was not his Lord. He lacked submission. The fact that he
lacked anything at all, in terms of being compatible with a perfect and
holy God, was enough to disqualify him from glory.
you kept the ten commandments perfectly plus completely submitted yourself
to following the Lord? Only Jesus Christ has. The only way we can qualify
for glory is by taking up his righteousness which God offers as a gift to
us through faith in him. That alone is the foundation upon which to
continue your life in Christ's values, exercising malice toward none and
charity for all.
What is the Gospel?
Do sincere unbelievers still deserve
to burn in hell?