Ephesians 2:8-10 explains,
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
All religions tell you that you must jump through this spiritual hoop and then the next and the next and/or that you are able to make the grade if you perfectly follow religious rules, mandates and laws.
Only the faith of Christianity tells you that it’s impossible for a human to perfectly follow every law and impossible to make the holy mark of perfection on your own. The Judeo-Christian Bible tells us that we are all sinners who will all fall short of the glory of God. This is why Jesus Christ’s life and death and resurrection was necessary. He did the perfect atoning work for us. Jesus was sinless and yet He chose to pay the price for ALL of our sins (all those who believe in Him and His atonement) because He loves you more than you can even imagine.
Don’t get caught up in the trap of trying to pave your own spiritual pathway to Heaven and trying to have a right relationship with God without Christ. That path will not lead you to where you desire to go.
The Scriptures tell us that God wants us to recognize that we can’t do this life apart from Him. He wants us to surrender and admit that trying to do things our own way is not working.
Signs that your own way is not working: - no lasting peace of mind (worry) - anxiety/stress/depression - constantly needing more things and more experiences to be happy (happiness being dictated by circumstances)
Don't try to be righteous and make the grade on your own merit. You will not measure up. Christ is the only way. Taste and see that God is good & surrender your heart, today.