Having a Different Heart from God
There is a story in Genesis about God destroying people through the flood. Why do you think God destroyed them?
In the beginning, God created Adam and Eve and allowed them to live happily in a beautiful place called Eden. Also, He blessed them so that they could bear many children and prosper. But, God told Adam not to eat the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, that was in the midst of the garden. If he ate the fruit, then he would know good and evil; therefore, God made it so that they would live being led by Him and not live by discerning good and evil on their own. However, Eve was tempted by the serpent. And by accepting a thought different from the Word of God, she ate the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, Adam followed by eating it too.
Since then a judgment that was different from God appeared in Adam and Eve. They began to have a different heart from God. From that moment on, God decided to destroy works that were done with a different thought and a different heart from His.
“Will Taking Some of These Things Be a Great Sin?”
There is a story about a couple named Ananias and Sapphira in Acts chapter 5. They offered money from selling land to God, but they hid some of it secretly. They had the thought, “How great a sin could it be to hide a little bit of it?” Yet they also had the heart, “I sold land and offered it to God!” However, God cursed them and made Ananias and Sapphira die.
In the book of Joshua when the Israelites seized the fortress of Jericho, God said to them, “Do not take anything from the Jericho.” However, Achan secretly took and hid a valuable Babylonian garment, a wedge of gold, and some silver. Achan thought, “Would having a few of these things be a great sin when we followed God and accomplished a great work?” As a result, Achan and his entire family perished.
Although Ananias, Sapphira, and Achan regarded what they had done to be trivial, it was clearly going against the Word of God. During the time of the flood, God clearly spoke through Noah saying, “There will be a great flood so make an ark to prepare for that day and enter the ark.” However, Satan made the people think, “No way, God is not going to create such a catastrophe!” This was a thought from the flesh that was different from the Word of God. So, people followed the thoughts given by Satan and boldly defied the Word of God. Also, they mocked and ridiculed Noah who lived by following the Word of God.
To Be Carnally Minded Is Death
The people who died during the flood did not perish because they murdered or stole. They perished because they followed their own thought that was different from the Word of God. The book of Romans divides the “mind of God” from the “carnal mind”; thus, “to be carnally minded is death” and “to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Also, there is a more detailed explanation of the carnal mind in Romans 8:7, “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.”
Jesus was nailed to the cross and forgave all of our sins. But Satan cunningly deceives us to follow a thought of the flesh, “But I am a sinner because I committed sin again.” It is said in the Bible that through the death of Jesus being nailed to the cross, our sins have been