Without Jesus Christ, the perfection of righteousness, struggling for morality is a sham. It is a failed attempt at being good. Because, the fact is, if Jesus Christ is not central to what we understand of morality, we have one of two problems:
1) We believe that there is no God. Should this be the case then there is no reason for us to practice morality. He is the one we are moral for; He is the reason why we desire right living.
2) We believe there is a God who has high center, but He is in no way connected with Jesus Christ–we certainly do not think that He is Jesus Christ. In this case, we must lose our hope of being moral, of being pleasing to God because if we are not accepted on the merits of Jesus Christ, we have no merits at all by which we may be accepted.
Both problems given above can be represented here with a single inequality:
man + no Jesus Christ + work
//does not equal//the rewards of God awarded to man
Instead, we must substitute God into the first side of our equation and remove the factors we have named “no Jesus Christ” and “work” to resolve the inconsistencies on the right side of our equation:
no Jesus Christ + work = man + God – no God – work >
Now our changes can be substituted into the original equation:
man + Jesus Christ = the rewards of God awarded to man
And we have a perfect equation–both sides are consistent with the whole.
Wikipedia: God is the English name given to a singular being in theistic and deistic religions who is either the sole deity in monotheism, or a single deity in polytheism. →