"All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all."
~ Isaiah 53:6 ~

All We, Every One of Us All

It is a false notion that any one of us can earn our way into Heaven. For well are in the same position before God. Only by, in and through the atonement of Jesus Christ and by his Grace are we able to be saved. "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." (1 John 1:8) For he who pretends that he is without sin is a liar, for all have sinned unto death. And all can only be saved through repentance, forgiveness and by the grace, power and mercy of God as wrought by the atonement of Jesus Christ.

Jesus tells a parable of the Pharisee and the publican:

    "And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.' And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, 'God be merciful to me a sinner.' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." ~ Luke 18:9-14
(New Testament | Luke 18:9 - 14)