Most people consider the overall record of their life and their eternal destiny to be on a Pass/Fail basis, and figure that God "grades on the curve."
The self-appointed self-righteous immoral majority see no problem with presenting the smorgasbord of the summation of their lifetime thoughts, speech, and actions to the Final Judge having a little evil feces and wicked urine thrown in here and there "to spice things up a bit" and "add a little variety."
Most presume that it is quite common, normal, and expected to tell the Ultimate Husband of their Souls that "once in a while I had coital copulation with a few other guys here and there because I got a little bored now and then."
But before we get into that, do you believe that practicing harlots and both licensed and non-licensed harlot-lookalikes we see during the day and into the evening belong to us? Do we own them?
If not, why should we allow ourselves to be enticed by their passing and transcient immodesty of frequently-anonymous loose long hair, sleevelessly-naked arms, slackslessly-nude legs exposed with bermuda or shorter shorts or shortened skirts, and/or soxless parts of their bare feet in open-toe sandals?
If they misconstrue us as rude for not subtly or courteously gawking at them as they expect us to do, are they themselves instead being rude for exhibiting themselves in their lascivious partial indecency without us having previously expressed forthright desire to voluntarily view such immodest distraction and indecent deviation?
If they misregard us as being impolite, are they themselves being impolite and inconsiderate by proudly shoving their filthy particularly-during-warm-weather misattire into our cannot-help-but-glance-at-it eyesight?
Why be erotically aroused by them and not instead casually but immediately turn away from them and thus from continuing to peruse them to study their exposed body parts....when we cannot sensuously make touch-feely use of them anyway, and they probably would not want us to make sexual use of them besides (much to the appreciation of their fathers and jealous boyfriends and husbands or greedy pimps)?
Even so-called "christian" girls and women cannot be communicated with in cordial eye-to-eye contact when they are misdressed in one or more ways, as Saint Paul stated:
First Corinthians 3:1 But I, [brethren], could not address you as spiritual [men], but as [men] of the flesh, as babes in Christ.
Partially-immodest girls and women should therefore rightly expect to be shunned, avoided, bypassed, ignored, criticized, and certainly not associated with (as long as they are frequently or occasionally misdressed).
Scripture is loaded with such directives:
Job 31:1 I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I look upon a virgin?
Psalm 119:51 [Immodest] godless [men/women] utterly deride me, but I do not turn away from thy law.
Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from [immodest] evil.
Proverbs 4:15 Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on.
Proverbs 5:8 Keep your way far from [indecently-misdressed] her, and do not go near the door of her house
Proverbs 13:19 A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul; but to turn away from [partially-immodest-person] evil is an abomination to fools.
Song 6:5 Turn away your eyes from me, for they disturb me. Your hair is like a flock of goats, moving down the slopes of Gilead
Song 7:5 (RSV and NASV, not KJV or NIV) Your head crowns you like Carmel, and your flowing locks -- [not the longer-than-mouth-level seductive mopheadedness of some harlot-lookalike] -- are like purple; a king is held captive in the tresses.
Isaiah 47:1 Come down and sit in the dust, virgin daughter of Babylon [and also of present-day America, Europe, etc.]; sit on the ground without a throne, daughter of the Chaldeans [and other modern-day countries also]! For you shall no more be called tender and delicate.
2 Take the millstones and grind meal, put off your veil, strip off your robe, uncover your legs, pass through the rivers [with or without one-piece "swim"suits or thong bikinis].
3 Your nakedness shall be uncovered, and your shame shall be seen. I will take vengeance [against such antisocial immodest carrot-held-out-on-a-stick sadistic], and I will spare no man.
4 Our Redeemer--the LORD of hosts is his name: the Holy One of Israel.
Jeremiah 2:25 Keep your feet from going unshod and your throat from thirst. But you said, 'It is hopeless, for I have loved strangers, and after them I will go.'
Ezekiel 14:6 Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: Repent and turn away from your [porno-glamour] idols; and turn away your faces from all your [warm-weather-misdress] abominations.
Matthew 5:28 But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Ephesians 5:7 Therefore do not associate with [partially-immodestly-indecent] them....
Second Thessalonians 3:14 If any one refuses to obey what we say in this letter, note that [man/woman], and have nothing to do with [him/her], that [he/she] may be ashamed.
First Timothy 2:9 [I also would] that women should adorn themselves modestly and sensibly in decent apparel.....
Second Timothy 3:5 ....holding the form of religion but denying the power of it. Avoid such [immodestly-misattired] people.
First Peter 3:11 let him turn away from [immodest-female] evil and do right; let him seek peace and pursue it.
Titus 3:10-11 As for a [man/woman] who is factious, after admonishing [him/her] once or twice, have nothing more to do with [him/her], knowing that such is person is perverted and self-condemned.
Even non-human-but-human-lookalike android Data on Star Trek could be programmed to understand that.
Now, back to our main titled subject: "Almost."
Most people consider life and their eternal destiny to be on a Pass/Fail basis.
So by the end of their lives.....full of confusion-and-misery-causing faithless mistakes, almost-incredibly-massive and incessant warm-weather immodesty of all sorts, copious lying and stealing, false slander and gossip, wasting time producing and retaining demonic fashion/glamour idolatry and pornography, leaving a despicable track record of impudent and rebellious backtalk and insubordination, arrogant toleration of homosexuality, debasing the Religious Right, mis-calling evolutionary mythology "science," espousing feminist-sexist chauvenism as "equal rights," racist minority preference promotion as "civil rights," worshipping nature and the environment as their God, and much more they have......some plan on and actually do repent near to when they breathe their last (whenever that expectantly or surprisingly and suddenly comes!) with a morose and sordid end-of-the-road wimper of regretful penitence, exclaiming:
Jeremiah 3:5 will he be angry for ever, will he be indignant to the end?' Hey, you have spoken, but you have done all the evil that you could."
They now give many irrationalizations for their Pass/Fail immentality of whether or not they make it into Heaven, yet to no avail:
Joshua 24:19 But Joshua said to the people, "You cannot serve the LORD; for He is a [NON-unconditional-love] holy God; He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgressions or your sins.
Psalm 14:3 They have all gone astray, they are all alike corrupt; there is none that does good, no, not one.
Psalm 53:3 They have all fallen away; they are all alike depraved; there is none that does good, no, not one.
Psalm 58:11 Men will say, "Surely there is a [brownie-points?] reward for the [somewhat?] righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth."
Proverbs 23:18 Surely there is a ["God-is-Love"] future, and your ["we-all-make-some-silly-mistakes-here-and-there, now and then"] hope will not be cut off.
Ecclesiastes 7:20 Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.
John 8:34 Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, every one who commits sin [now is that perhaps only one sin once every hour, or maybe two sins once a day, or four twice a week, or 7 in a month, or 77 over 3-1/2 years, or 120 per decade, or 144,000 per lifetime, or what?] is a slave to sin.
Romans 3:10 as it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one;
So why be so darn nitpicky hard and demanding on people to:
Matthew 5:48 You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect [when such perfection for fallible and errant humans is impossible?]
But even equating-Himself-with-the-Father Jesus questioned whether He Himself was "good," didn't He, with:
Mark 10:18 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but God alone.
Luke 18:19 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but God alone.
The same DoubtMaster who talked nude Eve into deception sure questioned Jesus also and tried to cause the Lord to doubt:
Matthew 4:3 And the Tempter came and said to Him, "IF (not since) you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread."
Matthew 4:6 and said to Him, "IF you are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, 'He will give His angels charge of you,' and 'On their hands they will bear You up, lest you strike Your foot against a stone.'"[Hey hey hey - The Devil is an out-of-context Scripture-verse quoter, and how many of his weaselword satanspeak human cohorts are like him?]
Luke 4:3 The devil said to Him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread."
Luke 4:9 And he took Him to Jerusalem, and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, "If you are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here;
How many times has the Devil deceptively caused doubts in us? "You will never get rich unless you steal that money." "Their name is not written on it, and maybe they stole it too." "You have done everything you need to to get away with it." "Jump off that cliff, give yourself a thrill." "No one will see you, and no one will ever know." "You will never have sex unless you give in to his or her harmless seduction right now, and you can stop later on." "You have already gone this far, so you might as well go all the way." "Shoot them all dead, and pay them back." "You will never get that job unless you lie a little now." "Why make the crowd mad? Give them what they want." And on and on and on.
First John 3:4 Every one who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.
First John 3:8 He who commits sin [now is that perhaps only one sin once every hour, or maybe two sins once a day, or four twice a week, or 7 in a month, or 77 over 3-1/2 years, or 120 per decade, or 144,000 per lifetime, or what?] is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
First John 3:9 No one born of God commits sin [now is that perhaps only one sin once every hour, or maybe two sins once a day, or four twice a week, or 7 in a month, or 77 over 3-1/2 years, or 120 per decade, or 144,000 per lifetime, or what?]; for God's nature abides in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God.
All the above verses imply that being qualified to enter and making it into Heaven is like guessing the exact five or so two-digit numbers in the correct sequence in the Powerball nationwide lottery (and remember: "The more you play, the more you lose"). Even if one misses on only one digit, he loses the whole thing, and does not get the millions in promised annuities. Even if a computer user misses one alphanumeric character in a six-character BIOS passcode, he or she will not get into the computer program....in accord with the prediction of Jesus:
Ezekiel 26:21 I will bring you to a dreadful end, and you shall be no more; though you be sought for, you will never be found again, says the Lord GOD."
Matthew 5:20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Most dismiss that latter one with a: "...of course I do not do nor need to do the 600 or so legalistic and ridiculously-weird-traditions talmudic rules of the jewish sect of pharisees!"
And the fact does remain that Jesus chose twelve errant and fallible men to be His Apostles, which brings up the question of how He could tolerate the presence of such deplorable-to-Himself imperfection, not merely rebuking them at various times with a:
Matthew 16:23 But He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are a hindrance to Me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men."
Mark 8:33 But turning and seeing his disciples, He rebuked Peter, and said, "Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not on the side of God, but of men."
As you and I readily see, we might not have all yippie-skippie-gay, fun-and-games, comedy-time/laugh-it-up, frolic going around with Jesus:
Romans 12:3 For by the grace given to me I bid every one among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith which God has assigned him.
First Thessalonians 5:6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.
First Thessalonians 5:8 But, since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.
Titus 2:12 training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world,
First Peter 1:13 Therefore gird up your minds, be sober, set your hope fully upon the grace that is coming to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
First Peter 4:7 The end of all things is at hand; therefore keep sane and sober for your prayers.
First Peter 5:8 Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour.
Matthew 16:6 Jesus said to them, "Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees."
7 And they discussed it among themselves, saying, "We brought no bread."
8 But Jesus, aware of this, said, "Oh men of little faith, why do you discuss among yourselves the fact that you have no bread?
9 Do you not yet perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?
10 Or the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?
11 How is it that you fail to perceive that I did not speak about bread [which also pertains to eucharistically nibbling-or-biting-into My actual human flesh and sipping-or-slurping My actual human blood]? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees."
12 Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Mark 8:15 And He cautioned them, saying, "Take heed, beware of the 'leaven' of the Pharisees and the 'leaven' of Herod [involving both church and state]."
Luke 12:1 In the meantime, when so many thousands of the assembly had gathered together that they trod upon one another, He began to say to His disciples first, "Beware of the 'leaven' of the Pharisees, which is: hypocrisy [and not actual yeast, or human flesh or human blood?].
Luke 9:54 And when His disciples James and John saw it, they said, "Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them?"
55 But He turned and rebuked them.
Even Saint Paul rebuked the Galatians:
Galatians 3:1 Oh foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?
2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law, or by hearing with faith?
3 Are you so foolish? Having begun with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh?
4 Did you experience so many things in vain? --if it really is in vain.
5 Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith?
So then we can "live like the Devil" without doing good works of the Law, show off to the general public our full-body-tanned or zebra-striped-tanned bared body parts, fornicate and sodomize away in the Spirit, then brag about it?
Second Corinthians 3:1 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you?
So we need to consistently try without fail to be perfectly modest as to always: wear chignoned or back-of-head-ponytailed hairstyle, long-sleeved armwear, full-length legwear, and sox with sandals or other shoes...especially during warm weather... when in general public view...and never ever even ONCE lie nor slander nor gossip, waste time producing and retaining demonic fashion/glamour idolatry and pornography, exhibit despicably-impudent and rebellious backtalk and insubordination, never condone arrogant toleration of homosexuality, nor debase the Religious Right, nor mis-call evolutionary mythology "science," nor espouse feminist-sexist chauvenism as "equal rights," racist minority preference promotion as "civil rights," nor worship nature and the environment as Creator God?
But "trying" is not enough, "with God's help or not?"
Romans 7:15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
Romans 7:19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.
And if we fail -- even once???
Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin deliberately [now is that perhaps only one sin once every hour, or maybe two sins once a day, or four twice a week, or 7 in a month, or 77 over 3-1/2 years, or 120 per decade, or 144,000 per lifetime, or what?] after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
27 but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries.
28 A man who has violated the law of Moses dies without mercy at the testimony of two or three witnesses.
29 How much worse punishment do you think will be deserved by the man who has spurned the Son of God, and profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and outraged the Spirit of Grace?
30 For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay." And again, "The Lord will judge his people."
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32 But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings,
33 sometimes being publicly exposed to abuse and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated.
Saint Peter put it well concerning whether the All-Merciful(?) Most-Gracious(?) non-allah Almighty is Always-Postive-and-Never-Negative, Forever Forgiving, Unconditional Love [always and with everyone]:
First Peter 4:3 [paraphrased] Let the time that is past suffice for doing what the Gentiles like to do, living in licentiousness [of general-public-view, drippy-looking, indecently-erotic, loose-long-haired mopheadedness, nude-armed sleeveslessness, wearing shorts or shortened skirts baring naked legs, or with exposed soxless naked feet under sandals], passions, drunkenness, revels, carousing, and lawless idolatry.
4 They are surprised that you do not now join them in the same wild profligacy, and they abuse you;
5 but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
8 Above all hold unfailing your love for one another, since love covers a whole lot of sins.
Romans 2:5 But by your hard and impenitent heart [savoring the sights and sounds of mopheaded and bare-armed feminist-twit newsanchors and newscasters and reporters, watching cable-TV soapies full of lying and gossip and slander and adultery, being titillated with bare-footed bare-chested wrestlers nearly sodomizing each other, watching the Jesuslessness of Star-Trek-and-Star-Wars type fable and fairy-tale sci-fi and sorcery], you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.
James 2:10 For whoever keeps the whole law [concerning absolutely no immodesty of any types, nor lying, slander, cheating, promoting homo or feminist or racist "rites" or evolution as science or despising Jerry Falwell and his Judeo-Christian pro-Israel/anti-terroristic-PLO/Hamas/Hezbollah/Fatah right-wing ideology] but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.
Luke 17:10 So you also, when you have done all that is commanded you, say, 'We are non-worthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.
Luke 6:46 "Why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you?
At this point, it would behoove the author of this webpage to proclaim and accomodate, plus behoove the reader of this webpage to accept proclamation and accomodation, of the following Scripture verses:
Genesis 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.
Genesis 24:40 But he said to me, 'The LORD, before whom I walk, will send his angel with you and prosper your way; and you shall take a wife for my son from my kindred and from my father's house;
Genesis 38:13 And when Tamar was told, "Your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep,"
14 she put off her widow's garments, and put on a veil, wrapping herself up, and sat at the entrance to Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah; for she saw that Shelah was grown up, and she had not been given to him in marriage.
15 When Judah saw her, he thought her to be a harlot, for she had covered her face.
16 He went over to her at the road side, and said, "Come, let me come in to you," for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. She said, "What will you give me, that you may come in to me?"
17 He answered, "I will send you a kid from the flock." And she said, "Will you give me a pledge, till you send it?"
18 He said, "What pledge shall I give you?" She replied, "Your signet and your cord, and your staff that is in your hand." So he gave them to her, and went in to her, and she conceived by him.
Leviticus 21:13 And he shall take a wife in her virginity.
Deuteronomy 21:15 If a man has two wives, the one loved and the other disliked, and they have borne him children, both the loved and the disliked, and if the first-born son is hers that is disliked,
16 then on the day when he assigns his possessions as an inheritance to his sons, he may not treat the son of the loved as the first-born in preference to the son of the disliked, who is the first-born,
17 but he shall acknowledge the first-born, the son of the disliked, by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the first issue of his strength; the right of the first-born is his.
Judges 21:20 And they commanded the Benjaminites, saying, "Go and lie in wait in the vineyards,
21 and watch; if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in the dances, then come out of the vineyards and seize each man his wife from the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin.
22 And when their fathers or their brothers come to complain to us, we will say to them, 'Grant them graciously to us; because we did not take for each man of them his wife in battle, neither did you give them to them, else you would now be guilty.'"
23 And the Benjaminites did so, and took their wives, according to their number, from the dancers whom they carried off; then they went and returned to their inheritance, and rebuilt the towns, and dwelt in them.
Ruth 1:12 Turn back, my daughters, go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, even if I should have a husband this night and should bear sons,
13 would you therefore wait till they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the LORD has gone forth against me."
Ecclesiastes 2:8 (RSV) I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and provinces; I got singers, both men and women, and many concubines, man's delight.
Song 4:16 Awake, O north wind, and come, O south wind! Blow upon my garden, let its fragrance be wafted abroad. Let my beloved come to his garden, and eat its choicest fruits.
Song 7:13 The mandrakes give forth fragrance, and over our doors are all choice fruits, new as well as old, which I have laid up for you, O my beloved.
Song 7:5 Your head crowns you like Carmel, and your flowing locks are like purple; a king is held captive in the tresses.
6 How fair and pleasant you are, loved one, delectable maiden!
7 You are stately as a palm tree, and your breasts are like its clusters.
8 I say I will climb the palm tree and lay hold of its branches. Oh, may your breasts be like clusters of the vine, and the scent of your breath like apples,
9 and your kisses like the best wine that goes down smoothly, gliding over the lips of sleepers.
10 I am my beloved's, and his desire is for me.
11 Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the fields, and lodge in the villages;
12 let us go out early to the vineyards, and see whether the vines have budded, whether the grape blossoms have opened and the pomegranates are in bloom. There I will give you my love.
13 The mandrakes give forth fragrance, and over our doors are all choice fruits, new as well as old, which I have laid up for you, my beloved.
First Corinthians 7:1 Now concerning the matters about which you wrote. It is well for a man not to touch a woman.
2 But because of the temptation to immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.
3 The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband.
4 For the wife does not rule over her own body, but the husband does; likewise the husband does not rule over his own body, but the wife does.
5 Do not refuse one another except perhaps by agreement for a season, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, lest Satan tempt you through lack of self-control.
First Thessalonians 4:1 Finally, brethren, we beg and encourage you in the Lord Jesus, that as you learned from us how you ought to live and to please God, just as you are doing, you do so more and more.
2 For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from unchastity;
4 that each one of you know how to possess his vessel in holiness and honor,
5 not in the passion of lust like heathen who do not know God;
6 that no man transgress, and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we solemnly forewarned you.
7 For God has not called us for uncleanness, but in holiness.
First Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by giving heed to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,
2 through the pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared,
3 who forbid marriage and enjoin abstinence from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected [including clean pre-(penis-into-vagina)-insertion fellatio] if it is received with thanksgiving;
5 for then it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
First Timothy 5:14 (KJV, KJ21, NKJV, etc.) So I would have younger women marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the enemy no cause to revile us.
Titus 1:15 To the pure all things are pure, but to the corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure; their very minds and consciences are corrupted.