“LIVE A GOOD LIFE. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”
~ Marcus Aurelius
Have you ever heard this? I hadn’t heard this exact quote before, but I’ve certainly heard people say that one should just be a decent human being or be a nice person… either that it doesn’t matter whether or not you believe and fear God so long as you are a “good” human being or that being a Christian means you try to be extra, extra nice. I think the technical term for this concept is: lie from the pit of hell.
“But I can be a good person without the fear of eternal damnation,” you say. You can do good things, but it doesn’t make you good. You do good things because it makes you feel good about yourself—you think YOU are making the world a “better place.” It’s the egocentrism of humanity: WE can do it. WE can make things better. WE can establish justice and fairness for all. It’s up to US.
And then: “But isn’t Christianity about being nice and meek?” No, it’s about accepting that Jesus Christ paid the price for sin in your place and following His words, by which we shall be judged. I will be judged by them. You will be judged by them.
“For there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) Good deeds will never save you. A pious religious life will never save you. Repentance, my friends. Repentance. For you and for me.