People of many religions today practice love and concern. They worship and perform religious rituals; they fast; they maintain strict dietary practices; they go on pilgrimages; they enter holy temples; they read holy books. Do all of these "righteous acts" bring about salvation? Is this what God requires?
For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God (Romans 10:3).
Most everyone wants salvation. Most people want to be saved from sin. Many religious people live holy lives, avoiding every evil. They work to pass a final test to get into their heaven.
Religions do not send people to heaven. Righteous acts do not send people to heaven. Only those who confess with their mouths the Lord Jesus and believe in their hearts that God raised Him from the dead will be saved.
The good news is that salvation-the word of faith-is in the hearts of all people. All penitent sinners can and will be saved by trusting in Christ through the grace of God. It is only the righteousness of Christ that we put on like a new garments when we believe, making us clean and white so that we can go to heaven to live with Him. Let us continue to proclaim the message until many are saved.
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:14)