Why are we here?
Make no mistake, for each and every member of humanity, whatever their race, gender, crede, colour or age, life on earth is the training ground for the eternal. This is where we are given the necessary equipment - the ropes, the axes and the oxygen - and then schooled to climb the mountain of Christian morality. If we finally reach the peak we will join with the Divine Life which awaits us there.
Our task is to become in this life as near perfect as is humanly possible and the source of all the T's&C's from which we can learn about reaching the summit to gain entry into God's Kingdom is the Christian Bible and our always available helper is Christ.
When we die, which we all must do, the curtain will come down on the theater of our lives and the producer will walk on the stage. Then, all will be over for us except for the final examination of our earthly life which we will either pass or fail. Crudely put, a pass means eternity in the arms of the loving, living God whilst rejection means separation from Him for all eternity for there is no making amends after death as the parable of the rich man and Lazarus so clearly demonstrates. (Luke 16: 19-31)
The Son of God tells us that whilst many are called few are chosen (Matthew: 22. 14) and that we pass the test by believing in the Humanity, Divinity and Resurrection of Christ; by loving God with all our hearts, minds and souls and by loving and forgiving our fellow human beings much as we love and forgive ourselves. Time spent reading scripture and in prayer will, as with the study of any human activity, reward those who continually engage in the practice with greater understanding.
Sin (wrongdoing) is endemic in humankind as outlined by John in his letters and Judas Iscariot, one of the chosen Apostles, strikingly proves by his betrayal of Jesus, that no society is without evil but when we repent our sins we are promised forgiveness providing that we in turn forgive others and this command cannot be diluted in any way. If we want unqualified forgiveness then we must forgive without qualification.
Faith and good works are joined together by an unbreakable bond and the bond which ties them together is the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ without which we are lost, for no amount of good works by unbelievers will save them nor will an uncaring lack of good works save those who have faith only.
Paul in his 1st letter to the Corinthians chapter 13 emphasised this when he wrote, "If I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing."