The Westernization of Christianity has taken its toll. Instead of being about the Holy Trinity, it has become entrenched in the belief in ourselves, basically what we can do to save ourselves, not what has already been done. We have a measuring system somewhat like this (from least to greatest): horribly sinful person–sinner–saved by grace–saved and doing better–near enough to perfection to act perfect. We have all these levels of right and wrong. Homosexuality beats murder…murder beats adultery…adultery beats lying…so on and so forth…. The list goes on, but the problem is simple: did God mean for this?
The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) is a perfect example because it is pretty easy to understand and see that if these levels of right and wrong, saint and sinner, were true, we would all be guilty. The Sermon on the Mount was meant to get you to realize you are messed up. To come to Heaven through the law you have to do this, this, and this. If you have said one lie, you are dead in your transgressions. If you have murdered one person, you are dead in your transgressions. If you lust, you are dead in your sin, etc…. The list can go on and on to infinity. It doesn't matter if you have sinned once or one thousands times.
We have something that many religions don't have: Hope. Jesus not only died so that we could live but has also promised to come back for us. Other religions just say here is a book about how to live a humane life towards all beings. Jesus says that is impossible; you can't be perfect, so I'll be the righteous sacrifice–the only man who didn't deserve to be killed. Undeserving death, Hell spit him out. He conquered death, something we can never do. Science can't do it. Your deeds can't. Your vending machine god can't. Only the one true God can.
Hebrews 10:4 says: “For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.” Jesus' death on the cross is the only true sacrifice. Yes, we can pin all our sins on the cross, but it would mean nothing without the death and Resurrection of Christ. Later on in Hebrews 10:10 its says: “By this we will have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” The one perfect life and death to free us all from our bonds.
Don't buy into the religion of Christianity today that says it is on you to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling”, no always remember “for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” (Phillipians 2: 12-13). It is God's work not our own. No one is righteous or perfect enough to stand before the Throne of God without Jesus by his side.
He has Risen,