"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16 What could be more simpler? Jesus purchased the earth back to him (that was forfeited by Adam) by paying a very costly price, His blood. Why is this still relevant 2000 years later? Because people are still sinners today and in need of forgiveness by God through His son. The meaning of the word sin is simply "to miss the mark" and knowing mankind and todays society we all have missed the mark. Many people say that they are "good people" in their eyes, but in the eyes of a Holy God all fall short of His glory for we all have sinned. Sin is death and God can not allow sin because He is Holy and just and cannot approve of sin and there is a punishment for sin: eternal separation from God i.e. Hell. The Bible teaches that we will die once and than judgement.
"And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation." Hebrews 9:27, 28
A believer in Jesus as their Lord and Savior will not be judged as the unbelievers and rejecters of Jesus and God's only way to salvation. As I said before, no other religion or philosophy, good behavior and good deeds will get a person into heaven and eternal life. There is only one way and Jesus said so Himself:
"Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6
So, I personally think that a "dessert religion" is very relevant today, knowing that there will be a judgment of God and knowing that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, no one can stand before God and defend themselves. The punishment for sin is eternal separation from God which is also called the lake a fire where the fire is never quenched. I am not sure how exactly that would be, but I sure do not want to be there. But thanks to God because of His love and mercy towards us has provided a way, Jesus Christ the righteous and by believing in faith, His righteousness is imputed onto the believer and God does not look upon their sins past present and future and has forgiven them of all their sins and there will be no eternal judgment but eternal life with Him. That's the good news and I hope that you have thought of your life and where you will be spending eternity. Jesus is real and He is alive and He will come again to take the believers home. The Bible says today is the day of salvation. Tomorrow may never come, should you die tomorrow, do you know where you will be going? Jesus can give you that assurance be receiving Him as your Savior. He can forgive you of all your sins and you will be a new creation in Him. Don't just believe me, read the Bible start with the gospel of John and learn about Jesus who He is and how you can know Him personally. May the Lord reveal His love to you.