Originally posted by MonsieurGee
While ruminating in the shower today.I asked myself the retorical question "If people really believe in God then why do they sin?". Surely if someone truely believes in God then there isn't a chance in hell that they are going to sin because it would make no sense to do so. I came up with the answer that people are irrational and therefore don't always t w on what they think, I'm not saying for or against God really, just asking a question.
Sin is but a deception. Lucifer when he fell was self decieved. In turn, Adam and Eve sinned when they were decieved by lucifer. I started a thread called the totality of reality in which I pointed out that only God sees and hears and knows all things. Conversely, his creation does not because the creator is greater than the created. Therefore, God requires his creation to walk in faith in areas that are "blind spots" to us. If God says to do something you may not fully understand, you take his word for it anyway. This is assuming that you have faith in God as being benevolent and loving and wanting what is best for you in the long run. The danger is when you think that you can out think or know better than the totality of reality and place your needs and desires ahead of God's. I find that rationilization is often a factor which is another type of deception. Anything can be rationalized away if you really want to justify a self serving behavoir badly enough. You can even convince yourself that God agrees with you even though deep down you know this is not the case.
As far as humans sinning, you should know something. Now that man has fallen he has what is called a "sin nature". God warned man that if he sinned he would die. Now that man has sinned it is appointed man to die physically. Even though your physical man is now functioning, it is failing at the same time and is dying. Your physical man, however, now only wants to attend to its own desires and lusts knowing that it is doomed. Your physical man wants to eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die. Conversely, your spiritual man, if reborn in Christ, is now alive and can now live forever and wants to focus on things that enhance this position. Now there is a war raging within you. On the one hand, you have your flesh wanting to please itself and on the other the spiritual man focuses on things that pertain to eternal life. It is a struggle that continues until you die and you are only left with your spritual man to live forever. The Bible refers giving into your flesh as being carnally minded. Your endevours, when carnally minded, pertain to this temperal and fading existence. Your investment, as a result, is a big zero in the etermal scheme of things. However, your spritual pursuits that pertain to God's path of life will reap eternal benifits not only for you but for others you encounter. WHichever one you feed the most, or inable, will grow stronger as the other grows weaker. For example, fasting is a way to "weaken" your carnal desires and enhance you spiritual ears, so to speak.