We were discussing original sin and I remembered that someone said that the root of all sin is pride, and I brought it up and we were talking about it and it sounded reasonable right. Like the serpent tells Eve that she'll be like God. And she buys that and all.
But then I had this amazing thought, which I suspect was derived from either Vos' treatment of original sin in Biblical Theology or Calvin's commentary on Genesis (or maybe both). No, the root of all sin isn't pride, it's unbelief.
After all, the serpent begins not by appealing to self-worth, but questions God's words.
"Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?"From this, Eve doubt's God's Word and disbelieves His promises and there we have sin.
Don't get me wrong, pride is a huge source of sin, for myself personally, and I'm sure for others. But I don't think it's the root of all sin. At the root of all sin is unbelief (and this is almost a tautology... maybe). We doubt God's promises, we ignore His warnings, we think His plan is not good, we look elsewhere for food and drink.
At the root of it all? Unbelief.
It isn't written, "The righteous will live by humility," but it's written "The righteous will live by faith."
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