No one is ever going to get into Heaven who does not want to do right (as God defines "right" according to His Sacred-66-books Judeo-Christian/Old-&-New-Testaments Holy Bible) and please Him (on His terms, as specified within His Sacred-66-books Judeo-Christian/Old-&-New-Testaments Holy Bible).
How many things in life - actions we could do - which would cause us not mere embarrassment, scorn, ridicule . . . but (and much more insidiously) some pain, severe pain, crippling handicap, and even excruciating fatality?
It is difficult for anyone, including yours truly, to describe comparisons for committing even the slightest little or momentary mistake, only once, to that which would result in us becoming tortured in outer-darkness hellfire, forever.
And, of course, who can sufficiently put into words the indescribable worth and value of believing the gospel of Christ Jesus, the crucified-to-death but risen-back-to-life atoning Savior, Redeemer, and Advocate to The Ultimate Heavenly Judge.
Perhaps we could start by considering analogies of us going into McDonald's, and ordering a cheeseburger - or pushing the octane button on a gas pump after pressing the Pay Inside button and filling the car's tank with gasoline - then to hear the clerk ask us to pay for it . . . only to hear us shamefully utter: "Sorry, I left my wallet at home."
How relieving it would be for Jesus to appear next to us, whip out His wallet, and pay the charges for us!
"No big deal," we quickly conjecture. "There's always a way out . . . somehow and some way."
Let's try another one.
Suppose our lives depended upon accessing a computer for some vital life-saving purpose, but we did not know the very specific alpha-numeric BIOS passcode when the query on the black screen appeared. In that case, there are zillions of letters and numbers to type in, but only ONE exact combination of letters and/or number in perfect sequence would work. Further assume that there was not enough time for repeated trial-and-error guessing. Then Jesus came alongside us, and typed the passcode in by Himself for us.
Imagine if we were sinking on a huge ship, and after the large vessel finally and completely submerged underwater (nearly sucking us down with it), we were all by ourselves, treading water and getting more and more tired doing so, when a speedboat came near and watercraft-pilot Jesus tossed out a life-preserver to us at the moment we almost capitulated in weary exhaustion.
It has been said, by heretic and apostate theologians, that "one little sin is not enough to cause God to send us to be tormented in hellfire eternally."
Let's see if there are parallels within our physical environment which would have practical and reasonable similarity.
How many times could we grab the main terminals of a 67,000-volt power transformer in an electrical substation?
Could we survive driving our car (with us inside and without parachutes) off the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado even once?
Ponder the number of times could we repeat sticking the barrel of a fully-loaded .44 magnum straight into our mouths (pointing directly toward our brains) then pulling the trigger?
How about repeatedly fondling a couple of burning-fuse sticks of dynamite in our hands?
Many more examples could obviously be thought of.
So. Is one "insignificant" "tiny" sin one sin too many, in those cases?
What harm is there for a toddler, tweenager, teenager, young-adult-or-older, human female "legally" showing a little arm or leg in the summer heat or for public-view gymnastics?
What's wrong with appearing somewhat sexy by glamorously posing mopheaded for the yearbook photo?
What's a little "white" lie, now and then?
Stealing even a pen or piece of paper?
A little erectile arousal hold hands or giving a goodnite kiss without being married?
Exclaiming "God damn it" every now and then?
Occasionally sleeping in on Sunday morning before we head to the casino to gamble and lose?
Slandering an innocent person to show off ourselves as tough guys to the gang?
Spray-painting a little graffiti now and then on public property or toilet-papering the neighbor's tree "just for kicks?"
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.
First Timothy 2:9 In the same way also, I desire that women adorn themselves in decent clothing, with modesty and propriety, not adorned with plaitings, or gold, or pearls, or costly clothing,
First Timothy 2:10 but with good works, which becomes women professing godliness.
James 2:11 For He who said, "Do not commit adultery," said also, "Do not murder." If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you [or myself] have become a transgressor of the law.
James 2:10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.
What use is driving speed limit most of the time, when we are arrested for once running a red stoplight?
First John 3:15 Any one who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
A million and one different scenarios could be suggested, and whether committed once, or instead over and over, what does the Lord think each and every one of them actually deserve?
Isn't God a "God of unconditional love, tolerance, patience, and forgiveness" - being that He Himself imposed The Tempting Serpent and the horrifically-dangerous Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil" in the Garden of Eden . . . which in essence were (in our immediate estimation) both senseless and sadistic stumbling blocks to big trouble?
Romans 9:19 You will say to me then, "Why does He still find fault? For who can resist His [Garden-of-Eden-Stumbling-Blocks-imposed] will?"
Surely, the majority concludes, if God was that stupid to impose such potentially-lethal deceiving-serpent-and-poisonous-tree timebombs in The Garden, is He really that nitpicky and legalistic as to require that we continue to try (and invariably fail) to be "perfect" 24/7 . . . whether or not we monotheistically embrace Christianity and not Islam or whatever, and worship their deities as 'Lord?'
Matthew 7:21 "Not every one who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."
Is not "God's will" simply to ignore and disregard The [moral/ethical] Law, and instead simply believe the gospel of crucified-and-risen-Christ forgiveness, and love one another . . .and that is all that is needed, since:
Second Chronicles 6:36 If they sin against you -- for there is no person who does not sin -- and you are angry with them, and do give them to an enemy, so that they are carried away captive to a land far or near;
37 yet if they lay it to heart in the land to which they have been carried captive, and repent, and make petition to you in the land of their captivity, saying, 'We have sinned, and have acted perversely and wickedly';
38 if they repent with all their mind and with all their heart in the land of their captivity, to which they were carried captive, and pray toward their land, which you gave to their fathers, the city which you have chosen, and the house which I have built for your name,
39 then you hear from heaven your residence their prayer and their petitions, and maintain their cause and forgive your people who have sinned against you.
Ecclesiastes 7:20 Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.
Romans 3:23 since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
First John 1:8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
First John 1:10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar, and his word is not in us.
Does not God, in his forgiving and unconditional-love mercy, overlook our regretted mistakes and accidental sins - particularly in view of the fact that we do believe that the death of Jesus on some cross nearly 2000 years ago over in the Middle East cancels the penalty of all sins committed, being committed, and to be committed?
Is it possible at all (or whatsoever) to get a non-deserved Free Pass from the Lord in spite of our infrequently sins?
Psalm 32:2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
Romans 4:8 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not reckon his sin."
But, since we repeatedly sin, is instead the following always applicable?
Joshua 24:19 But Joshua said to the people, "You cannot serve the LORD; for He is a holy God; He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. [Great!]
Proof of that incessant sinning, and incapacity to stop sinning - being that we seem "wired" for such, from crying-complaint wimpering and selfishly-shrieking birth on - is:
Hebrew 9:27 And just as it is appointed for men to die once, and after that comes judgment,
Hebrew 9:28 so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto those who look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin, to salvation.
Admittedly, God Himself has always been, and continues to be, 100% perfect Himself - as clearly revealed by His environmental entities created.
His gravity always works perfectly 24/7 and always has.
The second-hand of His clock never ever changes speed, but instead in completely constant.
His Sun rises every morning, with precise predictability . . . and always has.
ALL His created phenomena are perfectly reliable and consistent, and always have been.
We only hurt ourselves when we do not adjust ourselves to what He has benignly created and sustains, and the more we rebel against it, the more painful we injure ourselves - without adversely or even minutely altering the timing and operation of whatever He created within His environment.
Job 34:33 Will He then make requital to suit you, because you reject it? For you must choose, and not I; therefore declare what you know. Malachi 3:6 For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, sons of Jacob, are not consumed.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.
But, can or should He require (if not demand) that type of absolutely and never-changing perfect for us? Especially now that Christ has, by his atoning death, allegedly or actually forgiven us for slight to not-so-slight infrequent imperfections and shortcomings? Why does God expect the impossible from us?
Deuteronomy 30:11 For this commandment which I command you this day is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. [Oh yeah?]
Luke 6:46 "Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you? [Why not? Because I can?]
So, is obedience to the non-ceremonial moral law still required as a Ticket to Heaven for those who simply believe the gospel of the crucified-and-risen-Christ's atonement, redemption, and forgiveness?
Is it true that we do no longer have to do righteousness, because we are not nor cannot be righteous?
Deuteronomy 9:4 "Do not say in your heart, after the LORD your God has thrust them out before you, 'It is because of my righteousness that the LORD has brought me in to possess this land'; whereas it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is driving them out before you."
Or, paradoxically (but not necessarily contradictorily?), are we [in fact] righteous [or, at least, righteous enough]?
Second Samuel 22:21 "The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He recompensed me."
Second Samuel 22:25 "Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness in His sight."
Job 27:6 "I hold fast my righteousness, and will not let it go; my heart does not reproach me for any of my days."
Psalm 7:8 "The LORD judges the peoples; judge me, LORD, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me."
Psalm 18:20 "The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He recompensed me."
Psalm 18:24 "Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in His sight."
"My" righteousness? Is that not a bit on the self-aggrandizing egocentric side?
If our righteousness is "in Jesus," per:
First Corinthians 1:30 He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption;
. . . why do we have to try for our own righteousness in ourselves [whether by ourselves or by Him], and why (now that we are forgiven and redeemed) do we have to try to continue to obey the Law? Why not henceforth ignore the law we were enslaved to, get used to and live with continued sinful habits, and pretend that we self-atone for ourselves by some imaginary self-absolving self-crucifixion:
Romans 3:31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold The Law.
Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Romans 6:6 We know that our old self was crucified with Him [bloody euphemism!] so that the sinful body might be destroyed [thanks a lot, but the expensive undertaker loves it?], and we might no longer be enslaved to sin.
Colossians 1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of His body [so Christ is "lacking?"], that is, the church . . .
"Flesh" must be OK, being that:
First Peter 4:1 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same thought, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.
Or, maybe "flesh" is instead evil and wicked, being that:
Romans 8:13 for if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the works of the body you will live.
And those "works of the body" we are "justified" by, according to:
James 2:16 and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit?
James 2:24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.
Confused? It gets better.
Why is obeying the moral Law yet required for born-again redeemed-by-the-crucified-and-risen-Christ Christians no longer living under the law but in the Spirit? Are not the manifestations and behaviors of those "living in the Spirit" the exact same (or should be the exact same) as those living in obedience to the Law?
Galatians 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit you are not under the law [tell that to the cops!].
19 Now the works of the flesh are plain: fornication, impurity, licentiousness,
20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit,
21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. [unless you exhibit compromising and cowardly love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness to bank robbers and impenitent homosexuals]
24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
26 Let us have no self-conceit, no provoking of one another, no envy of one another.
But, did not Paul have it backwards in saying:
Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain?
How about rather exclaiming:
Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is loss? [Loss of life, sensual perception, loved ones, wealth, possessions, financial investments, vacation plans, a profitable business or job, etc. and now tightly confined in some suffocating totally-dark small box called a coffin]? Since we all are destined to die because of sins committed (whether forgiven, or even otherwise), did not Saint Paul have it again backwards by stating:
First Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
Second Corinthians 7:3 I do not say this to condemn you, for I said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together.
Should it not instead have read:
First Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all who did not live according to the Law but instead failed to always live by the Spirit continue to stay dead.
Second Corinthians7:3 . . . you are in our hearts, to live together and to die together?
Apparently not, because:
John 11:25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
John 11:26 and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?"
John 11:27 She said to him, "Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world."
Matthew 11:5 the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.
Luke 7:15 And the dead man sat up, and began to speak [even Houdini couldn't and didn't do that]. And He gave him to his mother.
Acts 10:42 And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that He is the one ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead.
First Corinthians 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last [ NOT "pre-Tribulation"! ] trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
First Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel's call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first [and read the rest of the story in Matthew chapter 25 where The King, after the Millennium, separates the proverbial sheep from the proverbial goats];
Second Timothy 4:1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths [try Star Wars and similar UFO-type fairy-tale hocus-pocus].
First Peter 4:5 . . . but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Also another book was opened, which is The Book of Life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, by what they (NOT Christ] had done [NOT merely "believed" or "had faith in"].
It is not over in death. Only the beginning.
Is that fair?
Does it matter? I mean, does it not adequately compensate for the [damnable?] non-solicited and seemingly-absurd grief-causing? Stumbling Blocks imposed way back in the Garden of Eden?
What it boils down to is that we who are redeemed by the blood of Christ are still obligated to at least try to obey all the yet-applicable-and-required [moral] Law completely and perfectly as our Operating Manual - even though we have not, cannot, and will not do that (in this temporal life (in stark contrast to what sinless Jesus did and yet does). It's just that we are neither forgiven nor atoned for nor forgiven by trying to perfectly obey that [moral, or ethical] Law. Moreover, we are both "saved" and "justified" by [consistently and completely] doing good [and never evil] works [which works includes far more than simply believing and having faith that Jesus is our Lord and our Atonement and our righteousness, and even loving God with our whole heart and soul and mind, and neighbors as ourselves].
What exactly of what we do, or do not do, justifies us? Paul gives different (though not necessarily synonymous) mechanisms and evidences:
Romans 3:24 they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus,
Romans 3:28 For we hold that a human [Gr. anthr(o)pon, thus both male and female gender] is justified by faith apart from works of law.
Romans 4:2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.
Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:9 Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God.
Galatians 2:16 yet who know that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified.
Galatians 3:24 So that the law was our custodian until Christ came, that we might be justified by faith.
Galatians 5:4 You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace.
Note the dissimilar things: justified by grace, justified by faith, justified by His blood, and finally: by justified by faith in Christ. Each one is different.
Saint James expounds (in pseudo-contradiction) with:
James 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar?
James 2:24 You see that a human [Gr. anthr(o)pos] is justified by works and not by faith alone.
James 2:25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the harlot justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way [and lied about it to her neighbors]?
Hurray for [lying] harlots? How about gals irresponsibly and immodestly enticing [ignorantly or deliberately] with loose-long-haired mopheadedness [see RSV's/NASV's Numbers 5:18 and Song 7:5], and/or naked-armed sleeveslessness [see RSV's/NASV's II Samuel 13:18], and/or nude-legged ones wearing shorts [see RSV's/NASV's Isaiah 47:1-4], and/or going soxlessness [see RSV's/NASV's Jeremiah 2:25] on warm summer days? Well, at least they are generally into heterosexuality and not homosexuality. Such indeed seems quite justifable work, no?
First Corinthians 6:9 Know you all not that the non-righteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived: Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [Gr. malakoi], nor sodomites [Gr. arsenokoitai],
First Corinthians 6:10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God.
First Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God [and then you habitually and hypocritically kept on screwing up in the aforementioned ways?].
Ephesians 5:5 Be sure of this, that no fornicator [Gr. pornos] or unclean [Gr. akathartos], or one who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Those "living in the Spirit" are clearly identified by lifestyle as being free from The Law as to what they do not do, because:
First Timothy 1:9 . . . the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for assassins,
First Timothy 1:10 for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and for whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine.
Hebrews 13:4 Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterous.
Being free-willed mortal creatures, subject to satanic and demonic suggestiveness, should we be held responsible for not being always able to perfectly choose to think and do what is concordant with each and every letter of The Law?
Matthew 5:48 You, therefore, must be perfect [doing what?], as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Romans 6:16 Do you not know that if you yield yourselves to any one as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?
Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all, and holiness, without which no one shall see the Lord;
Hebrews 12:15 looking diligently lest any fail of the grace of God, or lest any root of bitterness springing up disturb you, and by it many are defiled,
Hebrews 12:16 lest there be any fornicator, or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.
Revelation 22:14 [not RSV nor NASV nor NIV nor TEV nor etc.] Blessed are they who do His commandments, that they may have right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.