The whole idea of applying rules and putting expectations on ourselves is no different than any religion. Whether it is Muslim, Islam or other religions, it is the concept of finding out what we lack and doing certain things to be better. Except with Christianity, the significant difference is that when you our a true follower of Christ, you have a calling to be transformed yourself as well as partner in the process of transformation of others. In 1 Peter chapter 3, Peter goes into detail about what needs to happen:
10 If you want a happy, good life, keep control of your tongue, and guard your lips from telling lies. 11 Turn away from evil and do good. Try to live in peace even if you must run after it to catch and hold it! 1 Peter 3:10-11 TLB
The idea seems straight forward, “Turn away from evil and do good”. Isn’t that just the most obvious thing to do in the world? You probably even knew that before you bumped into Jesus. But we learn through trials and tribulations, it is much easier said than done. That is where Jesus kicks in. Throughout the gospels Jesus gathers ordinary men and cultivates an environment for fellowship, for learning, growing, supporting and nurturing. It is a community of discipleship that allows the Holy Spirit to sanctify a person to be more like Christ every day.