I sometimes talk on a college message board. One guy wrote in asking for advice about his girlfriend. She is deeply religious (baptist). He is not very active in the church, but believes in God and thinks that people who do good things should get into Heaven. One night they were arguing whether doing good works is enough, or if it must be good works "through Jesus". So my first question is, what's the difference? If you're a Christian, aren't all your good deeds for Jesus? And does good works matter at all? He also wondered how it could be possible that, hypothetically, he could kill 20 people, and then just change his life and be saved. I told him that all sins are equal (is that right?) and that even murder can be repented. Another user, a Catholic, agreed that mass murder can be forgiven, but took issue with the degree of sins. He quoted 1 John 5:16-17 in saying that deadly sins do exist. He then said that any serious transgression done willingly can be a deadly sin (and needs to be confessed to a priest). Don't Baptists have a very different idea of what a deadly sin is and its consequences?