It is very easy to compare yourself with someone abhorrent to people in general -say, a convicted paedophile, sadistic killer or serial rapist- and reckon that whoever else gets turned away at the pearly gates it won`t be you. Sure, we aren`t
perfect -what person is?- but we do try our best to lead a decent life and help others out as best we can. If we manage to do our bit for our religion, so much the better.
The only trouble with that is that it fails to reckon with a God who
demands of us 100% perfection -not 51% or even 99%- on pain of being condemned by him at the last. Just one selfish, nasty or dirty thought and the game is over. Just one instance of failing to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and
our neighbour as we love ourself, and the game is over.