Salvation, as you say is "a free gift of God" and maybe God will give it to the person who has lived a Christlike life.
I don't say it, the Word of God does. And, no it is not earned by being good, kind, patient, obedient, etc.
Dave is right. There is no way someone can be Christlike and reject Him at the same time! Its an oxymoron.
Ghandi was not Christlike? I think he was very Christlike.
He could have looked good to human eyes, but God looks at the heart and if his heart rejected Christ, there is NO WAY he could be Christ like! Christ's likeness comes from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit! Satan is the master counterfeiter...goodness, humility, kindness all counterfeit if not lead by Christ. They get a person nowhere! They cannot bring glory to God and that is what the aim of the Christ like believer is!
Glad to know you know what was inside Ghandi's heart,
I never, not ONCE said that I could, what I said was that GOD knew his heart and IF he rejected Christ, He is LOST! Just like any other seemingly lovely person that rejects Christ Jesus as Savior.
but actions speak louder than words. The man didn't pick up a rifle to drive the British from India, he carried a walking stick. He didn't side with the Muslims or Hindus when they rioted and were killing each other, he fasted and prayed. He never sought to judge people, but accepted everyone as his brother, whether they were Hindu, Muslim, or Christian. He loved his enemies as per Jesus's command. Satan did not inhabit this man, only God's loving spirit did. Like Jesus says: "By their fruits ye shall know them". Tell me, where is the rotten fruit this man produced?
If he didn't know Christ, the fruit he produced was rotten fruit, for he believed the lies of the great counterfeiter, Satan..that he was good enough on his own, kind enough on his own and that God would accept him for that.
That is so not close to biblical truth! The Word says ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, the wages of that falling short is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
There are LOTS of wonderful, "good" "kind" people out there, but they/we all fall short and are dead in our sin.