One question that people often ask, specially in India, when you tell them that you must put your faith in Jesus and change your lifestyle, then God will forgive you of your sins, is that:
"Why only Jesus? If I don't put my trust in Jesus, then will God not forgive me? This isn't fair!"
Lets look at Revelation 20, starting at verse 11.
Revelation 20, is a prophesy of a day which is going to come, when God will judge everyone who was ever born.
11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened.Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done.
14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.
15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
Verse 13 is the key verse (see the line in Bold). So, the answer to the question that people often ask, is "NO, you don't have to put your trust in Jesus, God will judge everyone based on their deeds."
As much as this sounds fair, let me assure you that it is in fact a very very very bad news.
Mathew 5 verse 48 (also 1 Peter 1: 15)
48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
This verse simply means that your deeds 'must' be as perfect as God is perfect.
Now anyone who ever had a perfectionist spouse, can immediately understand the intensity of this demand :)
For others, let me explain.
Bible says, God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5b)
If you consider a white sheet of paper as an example of being perfect, then a single tiny dot will make it imperfect. Similarly any sin, howsoever small, will make your deeds and therefore you, imperfect.
And by the way, this example was a little too generous one. In reality, our sheets not just have one or two small dots but it is filled with dots, to the extent that its like scarlet or crimson (Isaiah 1:18)
Psalms 130 : 3 says,
3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
Lord, who could stand?
That is why we need Jesus. He is the only one who never sinned, the only one who was obedient to God even unto death, the only one whose sheet is completely white and without blemish, and he is the only one who took the punishment on behalf of all those who'll put their trust on him.
And those who put their trust in Jesus, they'll be judged NOT based on their own deeds, but on the basis of Jesus' deeds; and will therefore be saved.
So then, this is God's offer, this is His second chance to all of us who are helpless to save ourselves,
"Whosoever, puts their trust in Jesus, and change their lifestyle, will be forgiven, for Jesus' sake."
Let us therefore, beloved, be wise; and accept God's offer before its too late; because Jesus is "the" way...!!!