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We are born to tread sinís pathway
Restless though our souls may be.
Satan claims a pleasing course that
Shrouds a bleak eternity.
Turn back you pilgrims, head no more
tíward Satanís call;
Thereís no reward surrendering
to Adamís fall.

Jesus Christ was crucified to
Save us all from endless strife.
Heed not Satanís deadly falsehoods;
Turn to Him who gives you life.
God sent His Holy Son to be
our guiding sign;
Accept this mortal sacrifice
of love divine.

Fellow pilgrims weak or troubled
Wander lost or fallen lay.
Give them help and give them solace;
Jesus teaches us the way:
Look not to earth to stumble on
in worldly plight;
Look up to Heaven, walk in faith
t'ward Godís true light.

© 2006 David Paul Werner


From the Author:

This is one of five hymns (lyrics and music) written over a two weeks June 2006. I wanted to contribute to a more traditional four-part organ-led supply of contemporary hymns and contribute to substantive lyrics that don't
simply make us feel good about being a Christian, but help prepare us for the realities of what it means to be a Christian.

About the lyrics themselves: Life as a pathway is a metaphor appearing throughout recorded history, used over a dozen times within the Psalms and several times by Jesus in his parables and teachings. Satan as a liar and
deceiver is recorded throughout the Bible from Genesis through the Gospels to the Revelation of St. John.

For today's world I wanted to express that Satan is still a very real force, not merely a mythical or metaphorical invention for the unsophisticated. Evil is absolute, not relative. Our "sophistication" of not recognizing evil for what it is is a huge source of today's problems.

Today, as Christians, whether as individuals or as a country, we must stop putting limits on our faith. We must stop trying to solve our own problems without reference to Jesus' teachings. The way is rocky, but if we keep looking down to avoid the rocks we will lose our way from not looking up. Is it worth becoming completely lost just to avoid stubbing our toes?



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