Being Good is not the way to receive eternal life. Eternal life is a Gift
and cannot be earned.
This sounds correct ...
but is it?
Are not all Gifts Free?
When you buy a Gift for someone you love or appreciate, you give
that Gift with no strings attached. When a Gift
is received, the receiver is not expected to report previous good behavior. The expectation is to receive it and and enjoy it. All Gifts are Free, totally without prerequisites or requirements.
A Gift which is dependent upon good
behavior, is not a Gift, but payment for good
Even our law states any string attached to a Gift, indicates it
is not a Gift, but a reward for expected behavior: past, present or future,
and the law of the land disallows such as a gift.
Likewise with the Gift of Eternal Life. God offers it totally free. Your attempts to do something to receive it, causes God to withhold it. All that is expected is faith (lack of effort) in Jesus Christ as Saviour.