James 4:14 ESV
Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
No Mystery Here
We are mortal and there is nothing we can do about it – the promises of scientists notwithstanding. Of course just about all religions offer some avenue to eternal life; some indicate we must earn it; some indicate we must achieve it by favouring god or gods. Only one religious tradition I know of expresses that GOD will provide eternal life because GOD approached humans and explained how it can be done. For we Christians it is clearly stated in the Word of GOD.
Romans 6:23 ESV
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We Should Obey GOD but not to earn eternal life.
We adhere to the precepts of GOD because of who GOD is, out of gratitude for GOD’s saving grace and the love GOD has for us (it is unconditional). Yet this will not allow us to earn eternal life; only accepting what Jesus has done for us can do that.
Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV
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.
We can not be good enough on our own.
We need the work of Jesus Christ who paid for the sins of all humans and through our trust in Jesus gain access to GOD and eternal life. Demonstrating our gratitude by obeying GOD’s precepts and a desire to express GOD’s Love is a natural outcome of the process.
We are born into a sinful world; we cannot live sinless; we need Jesus the Son of GOD for eternal salvation.
John 5:24 ESV
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
TO KNOW ABOUT GOD AND GOD’S WAYS THE BIBLE SHOULD BE STUDIED AS A SINGLE UNIT; UNITED IN CONCEPT AND CONSISTENT WHEN CONTEXT IS UNDERSTOOD.
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