Does God care what religion you are if you try to be a good person?
- Annsan_In_HimLv 72 months ago
God cares enough about how bad people are to warn that "There is no-one righteous, not even one" in the Bible. He also states that all our righteous acts are as filthy rags in His sight (Isaiah 64:6-7). Further, that no amount of our trying to be 'good' (law-abiding, decent citizens) will even begin to contribute to His salvation. God's perfect Law shows us all up as sinners who cannot save ourselves and that needs to be the starting point for anyone understanding why our good deeds never contribute towards God's free gift of salvation.
Oh yes, God wants us to do good deeds, and those whom He saves go on to do such good deeds, that glorify Him (as opposed to helping save the sinner). But as we are mired in a pit of sin and cannot climb out, He has come down to us, in the person of Jesus Christ, to lift us up. Jesus has done everything needed to save us. He died on behalf of those who would repent of their badness (sin) and trust utterly in His finished work on the cross. God so loved the world, He sent His beloved Son - not a religion or an organization. Trust in the goodness of Christ, and not in your own vainly imagined "goodness".
- Bobby JimLv 72 months ago
Being a good person is not good enough. Good behavior is not among the criteria for admittance into heaven after this life. God's criteria is that we believe in His only begotten Son, and that would make us Christians.Source(s): John 14:6
- 2 months ago
The Bible’s answer
Illustrating how to tell the difference between those who practice true religion and those who do not, the Bible says: “By their fruits you will recognize them. Never do people gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles, do they?” (Matthew 7:16) Just as you can distinguish a grapevine from a thornbush by what it produces, you can distinguish true religion from false by its fruits, or by these identifying features.
True religion teaches the truth that is based on the Bible, not on human philosophies. (John 4:24; 17:17) This includes religious truths about the soul and the hope of everlasting life on a paradise earth. (Psalm 37:29; Isaiah 35:5, 6; Ezekiel 18:4) It also does not hold back from exposing religious falsehood.—Matthew 15:9; 23:27, 28.
True religion helps people to know God, including teaching them his name, Jehovah. (Psalm 83:18; Isaiah 42:8; John 17:3, 6) It does not teach that he is incomprehensible or aloof; rather, it teaches that he wants us to have a relationship with him.—James 4:8.
True religion highlights Jesus Christ as the one through whom God grants salvation. (Acts 4:10, 12) Its followers obey Jesus’ commands and strive to follow his example.—John 13:15; 15:14.
True religion focuses on God’s Kingdom as mankind’s only hope. Its followers actively tell others about that Kingdom.—Matthew 10:7; 24:14.
True religion promotes unselfish love. (John 13:35) It teaches respect for all ethnic groups and welcomes people from all races, cultures, languages, and backgrounds. (Acts 10:34, 35) Moved by love, its followers do not go to war.—Micah 4:3; 1 John 3:11, 12.
True religion has no paid clergy, and it does not give high-sounding religious titles to its ministers.—Matthew 23:8-12; 1 Peter 5:2, 3.
True religion is completely neutral in political affairs. (John 17:16; 18:36) However, its followers respect and obey the government where they live, in harmony with the Bible’s command: “Pay back Caesar’s things to Caesar [representing the civil authority], but God’s things to God.”—Mark 12:17; Romans 13:1, 2.
True religion is a way of life, not just a ritual or a formality. Its followers adhere to the Bible’s high moral standards in all aspects of life. (Ephesians 5:3-5; 1 John 3:18) Rather than being grim, though, they find joy in worshipping “the happy God.”—1 Timothy 1:11.
Those who practice true religion will be in the minority. (Matthew 7:13, 14) Those who follow the true religion are often looked down on, ridiculed, and persecuted for doing God’s will.—Matthew 5:10-12.
True religion is not just ‘the right religion for me’
There is a danger in choosing a religion based solely on how it makes us feel. The Bible foretold a time when people would “surround themselves with [religious] teachers to have their ears tickled.” (2 Timothy 4:3) In contrast, the Bible encourages us to follow “the religion that is clean and undefiled from the standpoint of our God and Father,” even if that religion is unpopular.—James 1:27, footnote; John 15:18, 19.
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- Anonymous2 months ago
God gave Faith
Mankind made religion
The first is Godly
The second is not.
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- nineteenthlyLv 72 months ago
No. I used to believe in salvation by grace but the behaviour of certain churchgoers who seemed to be happy to spread the virus with impunity had convinced me that can't exist, so nowadays I think God just judges people on their good will.
- Anonymous2 months ago
God wants you to be a member of the Church he founded at Pentecost.Source(s): Greek Orthodox Christian
- antoniusLv 72 months ago
LOL! Only if you are a bad person, LOL!
- yesmarLv 72 months ago
At the end of the day, he doesn't. In the short run, it would be beneficial to us personally, in the here and now, to have a relationship through Jesus, but barring that, when all is said and done, a good heart is all he needs to work with.Source(s): Jesus follower
- okiknowitLv 72 months ago
Yes. Watch Southpark. Only Mormons go to heaven. All the pious religious people who followed other religions will go to hell.Source(s): Southpark is brilliant. It demonstrates what would happen if God only blesses one particular denomination. I do not believe in this. I think that God must give credit to a persons good faith efforts to follow him. Any religion that says they are the only one is just trying to force people to convert and then tell them what to do.
- PaulLv 72 months ago
Good based on what? Your own desires and opinions? How can you be a truly good person if you reject the only authoritative source concerning good and evil, God?