To begin with... It is pretty common Christian thought that one cannot "DO" anything to "get to Heaven"... (and I agree with this thinking)...
Dear brother WillieH.
I tend to disagree with you. It is all about doing, and it is in the doing that by the grace of God we will achieve salvation - get into heaven as you put it.
2Pet.1:1-3 is all about that as I have said in several replies and repeat it here; "ůseeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence,
in your faith supply moral excellence,
and in your moral excellence, knowledge, (knowledge of God).
and in your knowledge, self-control,
and in your self-control, perseverance,
and in your perseverance, godliness,
and in your godliness, brotherly kindness,
and in your brotherly kindness, LOVE
For if these qualities
are yours and are increasing
, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
. For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you
; for as long as you practice these things
, you will never stumble
; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied
Here everyone has the basic steps to their ultimate goal salvation. No mention of studying and use of brain power delving, just a heartfelt desire to increase our practice in gogly living
. In this way we can determine whether we are truly His chosen or not.
If we follow these rules that Book, we so desire to look into, will be revealed by God and not by personal effort, which is the wrong approach.
This is a practical effort on our part with God's help and nothing to do with inner spirituality. The divine quality of inner spirituality will come by grace from God as we increase in our practice of godly living.