Here’s a little something from Justin, the Martyr on our relationship to God that I found interesting and I am wonder what you think:
“We have been taught and firmly believe that he accepts only those who imitate the good things which are his – temperance and righteousness and love of mankind, and whatever else truly belongs to the God who is called by no given name. We have also been taught that in the beginning he in his goodness formed all things that are for the sake of men out of unformed matter, and if they show themselves by their actions worthy of his plan, we have learned that they will be counted worthy of dwelling with him, reigning together and made free from corruption and suffering. For as he made us in the beginning when we were not, so we hold that those who choose what is pleasing to him will, because of that choice, be counted worthy of incorruption and of fellowship (with him). We did not bring ourselves into being – but as to following after the things that are dear to God, choosing them by the rational powers which he has given us – this is a matter of conviction and leads us to faith. We hold it to be for the good of all men that they are not prevented from learning these things, but are even urged to (consider) them.”
While realizing that this quote is only a small portion of what Justin the Martyr wrote, here some questions to consider: What sort of theology of the gospel does this statement appear to espouse? Is there anything that strikes you as unusual or different from the gospel you have been taught and come to believe and/or hear being preached and taught in contemporary Christianity?
 Justin, the Martyr, The First Apology of Justin 10, the Martyr, in Early Christian Fathers, ed. Cyril C. Richardson (New York: Touchtone, 1996), 247.