To the best of my knowledge all religions but Christianity (which is different from Roman Catholicism) teach that one must work or earn their way to heaven, nirvana, or whatever the term is for the blessed hereafter. The god or prophet gives rules and admonitions that one must follow and obey so as to have a hope, a possibility of gaining eternal bliss.
With Christianity, the God of the world said here is what you would have to do – be perfect everyday of your life and this will require sacrifices and rituals to cling to in order to hope for eternal bliss. In essence at this point of the story it is the same as all other religions.
Then He did the unthinkable and said, I know you can’t do it so I will send my Son to you and He will do it and He will fulfill the required righteousness on your behalf and if you accept His work, His payment for your life – if that is all you will trust in to enter Heaven, you then can freely enter.
Immanuel – God with us. Doing for us what we could not do in order to have an eternity we desperately desire.
Acts 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved,
Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Galatians 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
Galatians 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Ephesians 2:8&9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
This week the WH of the USA has been scrambling trying to position itself in any way it can that will not appear that it wants to be a leader in the world. Krauthammer points out in his column this week that this continued strategy of the WH has made nations and governments that were once our allies now looking for other ways to grapple with the issues pushing in on them. It seems to me that the WH is trying to make allies of governments that represent some of the most dangerous in the world, aka Iran and Syria. Ostracizing Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Ukraine, Japan, South Korea, EU, Israel, Iraq, Pakistan etc. Central Europe is feeling the press of Putin’s Russia. All of these governments have been dealt icy policy changes from the WH. I realize no government made of human beings will be perfect but surely they can strive to be better than evil, apathetic, narcissistic, amoral, immoral and scandalous. It is a sad reality but in reference to the USA’s WH, no one should trust the current administration. No one meaning other governments and nations but also people like me, citizens of the nation of the USA. Their is a far left neo-socialist agenda in play via the current president which wants a world where all are dependent on governments because the infrastructures of society as each nation knows it are crippled or flat out destroyed. Of course these type of people will be free of the trappings of these degenerate philosophies so it is all theory to them. They won’t have to engage and survive in the new practicality of the destructive forces they unleash on society as a whole. This type of thinking is a cancer and in order to improve quality of life to the patient (society), radical dangerous decisions and actions have to be made. The society/patient may eventually survive but their quality of life is forever weakened. These type of so-called thinkers that institutions prop up and place keys of power in are sociopaths in suits and fine clothing. Well groomed, polished teeth, but beneath the clothes – away from the sight of eyes is disease and putrification. They are corrupters. Designer-diseased pathogens that have the looks of peace and well being but result in a “bad trip” and destruction of the host/society.
The wares being pumped out by the USA now, near future and the past six years are dangerous, destructive cells that allies need to avoid. This administration and specifically the president need to be managed and removed from opportunities of influence, power and infection. Mitigating the activity and crossing with the USA now and in the near future may be difficult in the present but it will ultimately be easier than having to detangle, disinfect and treat one’s government and society from the implications of allowing the relationship continue as it had in the past.
Bottom-line: nations of the world – do not engage with the government of the USA now and the near future. Citizens of the USA, don’t trust your government; it does NOT have your best interests and liberty at heart.