What is Sin? What is Faith?

I think we need to rethink sin. What is sin? The root of actions, it’s an attitude. Every action can only spring from a thought (you eat because you are hungry and you eat chocolate because your mind tells you it’s good) When any action does not spring in some way from faith in God, it is sin (Rom. 14:23). So I guess we could ask What is Faith? Faith pleases God, sin displeases God. And without faith you cannot please God (Heb. 11:6) Faith is trust in God; Trust that He knows what is best for you and you don’t have to fight for it but leave it to Him. So sin is in essence: a lack of faith. When any action does not spring in some way from faith in God, it is sin. And I don’t think it matters what the action is. Example: Fear is an evil spirit. If we agree with it, that is sin in root form, and when we act out of that fear, say with greed, selfishness, manipulation, all of that is just the next step in the process of sin. In the realm of money, you may cheat on your taxes because of fear, you may not tithe because of it. Fear can lead to a billion different actions, all of which can be called sin because they don’t spring from faith in God. They spring from lies about God. They say God is not good enough or caring enough to provide for me, therefore I must defend my reputation and try to hoard things. Look at Heb. 13:5-6. We need to be careful in this issue too because you may see 2 people do or own the exact same thing and to one it is sin and to the other it is not. I may have confused you… Say someone has a nice computer, you could think “Oh, they are just full of the love of money!” This may be true, but it might not be. What if that person had been waiting on the Lord to give them a laptop for school and suddenly someone bought it for them, or suddenly they were given the money and they purchased it in a grateful spirit. Now, that could be a $1000 laptop or a $3000 laptop. What difference does it make? None if their hearts are in the right place. You could say the same thing with a nice home, nice clothes, anything like that. Don’t judge others in this area. Yet, you, still be cautious! (especially in the area of money) If you only needed a $1200 laptop and you bought a $2000 one, you might want to check where your heart is, you may have yet again slipped into self-seeking. OR you may have NOT. It’s about the heart. Because ultimately sin is not an action but an attitude. Money is hard to live with a lot of. Only a strong man will not shake under the weight of much wealth. Money is a sphere where you can so easily declare independence from God. This is why Jesus said “It is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven” It’s not impossible, but it is hard. There comes a time when certain actions are impossible to spring from faith in God and are therefore sinful actions, like murder or pornography. (Check out the 10 commandments. Example: Commandment 4: Refusal to rest on the Sabbath is sin because it is a lack of humility (Lev. 16:31) and trust in God that He can provide for you when you rest. Ok, if this is true, then could it be that whatever action an unbeliever does is sin? I’m thinking about them eating at Chipotle or even breathing… Is that sin because they do not believe or trust God for that breath or burrito? I think so. Look at Ps. 14:1 “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’ (then what happens? look:) They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good.” (this is directly related to atheism in the heart, the fool may even profess God in his lips, but what you really believe will come out in the end) Rom 1:18- Ungodliness leads to unrighteousness (acts).

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