My God is not wanting for me to make a mistake, but has reached down and saved me from multiple of them.
So you have God’s motive all wrong about the path. He has forgiven my sins, and given me strength, and made a way of escape, the path, and the chord of faith from above.
But he has not deceived me about the safety of the way. It is fearful, with precipices on every side. But think about it. If I am holding on to the chord of faith, I am not thinking about the cliffs, but about the one who is on the other end of the chord. And if I slip, do I fall? No, I have the chord that keeps me from falling.
God is truthful about he path. It is dangerous, for we have sinful natures that love sin, and are weak to keep him always in mind. It is an honest assessment. Peter says that even the righteous are scarcely saved. ( 1 Pete 4:18). Even Jesus spent whole nights in prayer for the weakness of his own humanity.
Frightened into following the rules? No one is saved by following the rules. Righteousness is by grace thought faith. I don’t need a book about it. I know about it and walk by faith. The article above is right on target.
But I am not naive about the path. I have seen too many loose their way, So I take it seriously.
Where do you get that idea from what I have said?
Does God have a record of our sins? Does he keep the books?
Paul seems to think so. Again, 2 Cor 5:10. For we must all appear before th judgement seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
Or Jesus, Matthew 16:27.“For the Son of Man is going to come in hi Father’s glory with his angels and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.”
If we rely on our own righteousness, we will face the books, but if we relay on Jesus’ we are fine. But the books are there. He does not lie.