Rereading one of my favorite novels right now, and though it’s a biblical parody, written to be humorous, some things the author writes are so completely on point. This passage reminds me of what you’ve written here:
“Joshua’s ministry was three years of preaching, sometimes three times a day, and although there were some high and low points, I could never remember the sermons word for word, but here’s the gist of almost every sermon I ever heard Joshua give.
You should be nice to people, even creeps.
And if you:
a) believed that Joshua was the Son of God (and)
b) he had come to save you from sin (and)
c) acknowledged the Holy Spirit within you (became as a little child, he would say) (and)
d) didn’t blaspheme the Holy Ghost (see c)
then you would:
e) live forever
f) someplace nice
g) probably heavan
However, if you:
h) sinned (and/or)
i) were a hypocrite (and/or)
j) valued things over people (and)
k) didn’t do a, b, c, and d,
then you were:
― Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal
Speaking of, Matt Querzoli, did you ever read Lamb?