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That's why I'm so happy with my faith. It doesn't require a person to follow rules and try hard to "be good" by their own effort. There are, however, a lot of people
who claim to follow the religion I follow, but who put all the emphasis on their own good works and their own efforts. That's why a lot of people have
misunderstandings about what this peticular faith is all about.

What I believe is that you can't earn your way into heaven or happiness in this life. No one can be "good enough", no matter how hard they try. Abundant life now,
and eternal life later, is really a free gift. All you have to do is accept it and quit trying to be good on your own.

I appreciate your honesty. Wow, I think a lot of people out there are sick and tired of the treadmill of following a bunch of rules and regulations. I think many are
hungry for something more meaningful, that runs deeper than just outward behavior. I think it's out there, but you have to be open to learning about it and seeking it
with an open mind.

Might I ask what religion you follow? I have a lot of the same thoughts that your religion seems to "preach" and would be interested in learning more.

JLizNY :)
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