“If you love me, keep my commands." John 14:15 (If I keep His commandments, then I love Him. If I do not keep His commandments, then I do not love Him.)
I could probably keep on pulling out more and more verses - but this batch clearly shows the relationship I wanted to demonstrate: Love is Obedience is Salvation for Eternity. That's why many Christians take their Bibles so very seriously - it's filled with commands for them to obey because they love God.
According to This Site, there are 684 Passages in the New Testament that gives us commands to follow. Lucky us - the Old Testament Pharisees only had 613 commandments to follow.
But I've been told that God is love: 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
We're not immune to committing the same mistakes that our spiritual predecessor did - we might not be following their rules, but we are following our rules in the same way they did ... the same way that Jesus freed us from. He doesn't want us to be just like the Pharisees ... He wants us to be just like Him. Look to Jesus' example in how to treat others, how not to judge others, how to love others, how to obey God, and you'll never go wrong.