20 I repeat, you will be able to tell them by their fruits. 21 'It is not anyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord," who will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven. Matthew 7:20,21 (NJB)
Although the bible teaches that man is saved by faith and not works so that he may not boast, works are also a requirement. There are many people walking around today claiming to be a christian of one sort or another, but most of them don't know what it really means to bear that title. To be a christian is to be a follower of Christ. The Lord in the scriptures is the supreme example of how to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. Christians love to cherry pick their way through the scriptures choosing all the verses that agree with their own wants and desires, but those verses that condemn them in some way are simply ignored.
Believers like to minimize their sinful ways by making such statements as "God knows that I am not perfect and that I'm trying my best." Meanwhile they are living in sin with a man or a woman that they are not married to. They lie, cheat, and manipulate their way through life while at the same time claiming to be christian and true believers of Christ. In fact, anyone who claims that they are following the bible to the letter is a liar. The reason for this statement is that it is quite impossible to live life according to the demands of the scriptures.
One observation that I have made is that the bible suppresses the natural urges of mankind. Basically, anything that is enjoyable and good the bible calls sin. It's actually a sin to look at a woman or man and desire to have them in a sexual way! It's a sin to have sex with someone without first marrying them and committing to being their lifelong partner. It's a sin to hate someone who has wronged you or to hold a grudge. It's a sin to have an open relationship or a threesome with some friends, in fact it's a sin to have a fuck buddy lol.
If you're gay, I hate to inform you that you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven because having sex with someone of the same gender is 'an abomination to the Lord.' Yet today we have some cherry picking churches who are now not only accepting gays in their congregation but marrying them as well! Some churches even have openly gay ministers. I personally am not homophobic and have several gays in my family so I have no problems with gays. All of these prejudices are derived from the so called divinely inspired piece of mythical shit called the bible.
Basically what I am saying my cherry picking friends is that if you are going to go around running your mouth about how you are saved and calling yourself a christian, maybe its time you begin to show us instead. You can start by not judging others that have different beliefs and views as yourselves so that you may not be judged.
18 But someone may say: So you have faith and I have good deeds? Show me this faith of yours without deeds, then! It is by my deeds that I will show you my faith.24 You see now that it is by deeds, and not only by believing, that someone is justified. James 2:18,24 (NJB).
Finally....... 31 Treat others as you would like people to treat you. 37 Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Luke 6:31,37 (NJB).
In closing if you are going to claim Christianity as your religion, at least be true to yourself and to the Word. Don't be a hypocrite like the majority of believers out there and don't just talk the talk my friend, walk the walk! God wants your full commitment and nothing less will suffice, if you want salvation you still have to work for it.
While you work on your new found commitment to your fictional god I will continue enjoying life and all that it has to offer. I will live freely and responsibly doing what everyone else is doing whether they like it or not. Working to support my family, enjoying my time with them and my friends, eating, drinking, and making merry for tomorrow we die. There is only one life! I intend to live it to the fullest.