I only read fiction, and there are much better examples of that than The Bible.
I know this was meant as a putdown but the Bible is one of the most interesting books you could ever read, even if you do believe it is fiction. All the themes about life, humanity etc. were there first. You learn about history, geography, relationships, temptations, biology, legal matters, everything. Purely on the basis of content, no other book can compare in terms of scope or quality.
Only God can judge me, you're right, but how do you when you crossed the line? Is there a line? If there isn't, why do people make it seem as if there is one? If there is a line, are you SOL if you cross it? Do I still get a free pass for being a thoughtful person and acknowledging what my weaknesses and illdoings as a person are and trying to become a better person, even if I am not always successful? Pretty sure I've broken several of the ten commandments.
All the guidance you'll ever need is in the Bible. All people are sinners and make mistakes, you can only try to become a better person everyday.
You are absolutely right about #3. But you aren't proving me wrong either. I would like someone to tell me why people even care about believing in God if not to save their own ass from not going to a state of hell afterwards. "God fearing" is one of the more interesting turns of phrases I've ever heard.
I would ultimately like to believe in some kind of entity and have a relationship with him to better benefit me as a person and my contributions to society, that would be ideal, but beyond that idea of having your own personal god...well, I haven't found him yet.
The point is not to "save your ass" from hell. Your "ass" has already been saved, all you have to do is accept Jesus Christ in your heart. The point is to try to attain an eternity with Christ. The motivation doesn't come from the potential punishment, it comes from the potential reward.