In the first part of this series entitled “The ORIGINAL Sin?!? Part 1 in a series . . . ,” we looked at a sin that happened before what many consider and teach as the “original sin.”
We went step by step through the verses and proved that the “original sin” was a lack of trust in Adonai – A lack of trust in Adonai’s commands and a lack of trust in Adonai’s warning of what would happen if those commands were broken. To be direct and to the point, a lack of trust in Adonai is to believe that Adonai is not faithful – that Adonai is not truthful – that Adonai can not be trusted – that Adonai lies.
Think about that for a second.
Now consider what the text says:
Numbers 23:19 (CJB)
19 “God is not a human who lies
or a mortal who changes his mind.
When he says something, he will do it;
when he makes a promise, he will fulfill it.
The text backs this up in the Brit Chadashah (New Covenant – New Testament).
Notice the following:
John 8:44 (CJB)
44 You belong to your father, Satan,
and you want to carry out your father’s desires.
From the start he was a murderer,
and he has never stood by the truth,
because there is no truth in him.
When he tells a lie,
he is speaking in character;
because he is a liar —
indeed, the inventor of the lie!
The Author of truth compared to the inventor of the lie. This is significant! Why you might ask? Pay close attention:
To doubt Adonai who is the author of truth, is to believe that Adonai lies.
There is no lie in Adonai.
To believe that Adonai lies is to believe the “inventor of the lie” OVER Adonai.
This was the ORIGINAL SIN! Let me recap for you in in-case you missed it in the 1st part of this series:
The serpent called God a liar. Notice the following (the serpent’s lie):
Genesis 3:4 (CJB)
4 The serpent said to the woman, “It is not true that you will surely die;
Compare this to the God’s commands to the woman and man (God’s truth):
Genesis 3:3 (CJB)
3 but about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden God said,
‘You are neither to eat from it nor touch it, or you will die.’”
The ORIGINAL SIN was believing the serpent’s lie over God’s truth!
One of the main errors I have found that fellow believers make concerning how they view God’s Truth (the text) and God’s promises, revolve around some form or derivative of the following logic:
I am a believer . . .
I think this or that or I do this or that . . .
Therefore, regardless of what the text says, I am NOT in error.
This is such a dangerous way to approach God’s word! I see this everyday. I talk to people everyday that call themselves believers and take some form of this approach to God’s word. Some of this is due to ignorance of what the text is and/and its purpose. Some of this is due to pride, and as the text tells us, pride leads to hell. God’s warning and God’s truth. Do you believe it? Or are you going to believe the lie that the inventor of lies presents in opposition to it?
This is why doubt is the enemy of the gospel.
Whether you like it or not, doubt is the antonym (opposite) of trust (faith). If you Google doubt and antonym, you will find other words that are also opposites of doubt as well:
belief, certainty, confidence, dependence, reliance.
However, if you look up synonyms (same as) for doubt, you will get some of the following:
agnosticism, confusion, disbelief, distrust, faithlessness, fear, mistrust, vacillation, skepticism
The list is much longer and there are many more than these.
Brothers and sisters, you are a reflection of the light that is our Lord. When you reflect doubt, do you reflect our Lord accurately? When you show confusion, disbelief, distrust, fear, skepticism . . . how does this portray our Lord? Do you not pervert him? How does this reflect his glory? Just because you are a believer that has doubts does not mean that doubt is okay and that you are not in error.
There is no getting around this. But don’t take my word for it, lets see what the text says:
James 1:5-8 (CJB)
5 Now if any of you lacks wisdom,
let him ask God,
who gives to all generously and without reproach;
and it will be given to him.
6 But let him ask in trust,
for the doubter is like a wave in the sea being tossed and driven by the wind.
7 Indeed that person should not think that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8 because he is double-minded, unstable in all his ways.
The word for nothing in the Greek is μηδείς mēdeis and in almost all uses is used as an absolute.
Double-minded is the Greek word δίψυχος dipsuchos. Dipsuchos, meaning “two souls,” is a figurative expression for indecision or wavering (cf. diakrinō , which parallels dipsuchos in James 1:8; 4:8, the “double-minded” man). It implies doubt.
Thoralf Gilbrant, ed., “1368. δίψυχος,” in The Complete Biblical Library Greek-English Dictionary – Delta-Epsilon, (Springfield, MO: Complete Biblical Library, 1991), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “1368. Î´á½·ÏˆÏ…Ï‡Î¿Ï‚”.
The Greek word for unstable is ἀκατάστατος akatastatos. Liddell-Scott also suggests the definition “fickle” for this term which gives a negative image of the restless person. This person is considered to be one who wavers or is variable in his mind, his will, or his emotions. Demosthenes, an early Greek writer, used akatastatos as a description of the Greek democracy because of its unreliable, wavering policies (De Falsa Legatione 19.136). . .
James suggested that a doubting man is unstable or restless in all areas of his life.
Thoralf Gilbrant, ed., “180. ἀκατάστατος,” in The Complete Biblical Library Greek-English Dictionary – Alpha-Gamma, (Springfield, MO: Complete Biblical Library, 1991), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “180. á¼€ÎºÎ±Ï„á½±ÏƒÏ„Î±Ï„Î¿Ï‚”.
This all gets right to the heart of the battle between conviction vs mental assent. I made a poster dealing with this called “A blunt “Simple Question”:
We are going to look as some more verses in the text on Trust vs Doubt. You see, in reality, it really doesn’t matter what I think or what you think – all that matters is what He says! What He says is the ONLY thing worth believing – the only thing that is truly trustworthy!
Lets look at the story of Z’kharyah (Zechariah) who was a cohen (priest) of the temple and the father to Yochanan ben Z’kharyah (John son of Zechariah) or as you may better know him, Yochanan the Immerser (John the Baptist);
Luke 1:8-15 (CJB)
8 One time, when Z’kharyah (Zechariah) was fulfilling his duties as cohen (priest)
during his division’s period of service before God, 9 he was chosen by lot (according to the custom among the cohanim)
to enter the Temple and burn incense. 10 All the people were outside, praying,
at the time of the incense burning, 11 when there appeared to him an angel of Adonai
standing to the right of the incense altar. 12 Z’kharyah was startled and terrified at the sight. 13 But the angel said to him,
“Don’t be afraid, Z’kharyah; because your prayer has been heard.
Your wife Elisheva (Elizabeth) will bear you a son,
and you are to name him Yochanan (John). 14 He will be a joy and a delight to you, and many people will rejoice when he is born, 15 for he will be great in the sight of Adonai (The Lord). He is never to drink wine or other liquor, and he will be filled with the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit)
even from his mother’s womb.
You may be saying, Okay, other than the fact that the Holy spirit is in John in the womb (small tangent here for the abortion folks: Can you abort the Holy Spirit? This is for another paper so I will leave it there), what does this have to do with doubt? Let’s read further in context:
Luke 1:18-20 (CJB)
18 Z’kharyah said to the angel,
“How can I be sure of this?
For I am an old man; my wife too is well on in years.”
19 “I am Gavri’el,” the angel answered him,
“and I stand in the presence of God.
I was sent to speak to you, to give you this good news.
20 Now, because you didn’t believe what I said,
which will be fulfilled when the time comes,
you will be silent,
unable to speak until the day these things take place.”
You see, Z’kharyah doubted and as a punishment for that doubt, he was made mute for the entire pregnancy. The text tells us that Adonai disciplines those He loves. Z’kharyah was just one example of many of those disciplined by a loving father for having doubt. Why?!?
Because anything not based on trust is sin and it is sin that separates us from God!
We could rewrite this just as easily to say that
anything based on DOUBT is a sin . . .
You may be saying, “Wait a minute! I am not sure I agree with that.” Let’s see what the text says. Notice and compare the following 6 translations of the text:
Romans 14:23 (CJB) 23 But the doubter comes under condemnation if he eats, because his action is not based on trust. And anything not based on trust is a sin.
Romans 14:23 (NIV) 23 But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.
Romans 14:23 (HCSB) 23 But whoever doubts stands condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from a conviction, and everything that is not from a conviction is sin.
Romans 14:23 (AMP) 23 But the man who has doubts (misgivings, an uneasy conscience) about eating, and then eats [perhaps because of you], stands condemned [before God], because he is not true to his convictions and he does not act from faith. For whatever does not originate and proceed from faith is sin [whatever is done without a conviction of its approval by God is sinful].
Romans 14:23 (KJV) 23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
Romans 14:23 (NASB) 23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.
These are not the only verses regarding doubt (lack of trust) in our Creator and what He says. I said earlier that Doubt was the enemy of the Gospel. It is my prayer that you will have eyes to see this and ears to hear it because doubt is the opposite of trust. The doubter comes under condemnation because doubt is a lack of trust – a lack of trust in God and his provision – a lack of trust in God and His word – a lack of trust in God and His promises – that lack of trust, that doubt, is sin. Sin separates us from God:
Isaiah 59:2 (CJB)
2 Rather, it is your own crimes that separate you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he doesn’t hear.
Doubt is a sin and and that alone makes it an enemy of the Gospel which is a message of trust in the one that God sent Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Christ).
Hard stuff, huh?