Read Galatians 3
What makes a person a Christian? Is it a stringent set of rules we must follow? Is it a code of ethics by which we must abide?
It is none of these, but rather it is faith in God and His plan to sacrifice His Son for our sins. It is following Jesus’ principals and asking forgiveness and repenting when we stray. This has never changed. From the time Abraham took his son Isaac to sacrifice him to God, through Moses leading the Hebrews out of Egypt, to the disciples receiving instruction from Jesus after he had risen, it was all about faith.
No man can keep God’s law because to us we believe acting on sin is sin, but to God thinking about sin is sinning. No man has ever kept the law this close besides Jesus. The law is a diagnostic, not salvation. The law was written to prove man cannot live apart from God, His Son Jesus is the salvation.
Are you relying on the good you do to outweigh the bad? One sin outweighs as much good as you can do in a lifetime. It’s like a white tuxedo with a small black stain. It’s still not a clean white tux no matter how white the rest of it is. That black stain will stand out.
Nothing can clean your spirit from sin but the blood of Jesus. All it takes is faith, not works, not following the Ten Commandments. You just gotta have faith.
“For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.’ Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for ‘The righteous shall live by faith.'” – Galatians 3:10-11