I'm a Christian, but I would just like to know what the difference is, or if there is a difference?
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As a Christian, works don't matter for salvation - they will show up as a result of being saved but they are not needed to go to heaven. God is our authority in our life, and as such we must obey the people he set in place for us. But WE CAN TALK DIRECTLY TO GOD. We don't need an Earthly priest or anything like that because we have a one on one personal relationship with him.