One of the most sinful things, I think, is taking away the power of God and placing it into our own human hands. To me this is the root of all sins. We may do so out of pride or simply because we deny God's right, but ultimately it is stealing from God and making ourselves into little gods. The world would have us believe that doing these things that deny God's power is okay. But it's an illusion and we're deluding ourselves. Here are some of the ways we take away God's power.
Humans were given stewardship over creation, but we were never given the power to destroy or modify it. Over our life time, we have been responsible for the extinction of several different species. We introduce non-native species to the area and end up destroying native wildlife. We've also disrupted the balance of eco-systems simply by eradicating one species. In that same vein, we use science and technology to manipulate and speed up the process of evolution. We genetically modify corn. We cause animals to grow to full adulthood faster. And we also clone animals.
Now one can argue that these things are not necessarily bad or sinful because genetically modify food has saved millions of people from starvation. But that's not my point. My point is that behind every act is an intention and if the intention is bad then we have sinned. For example: the cloning of the Dolly could be a gateway into cloning humans. My main point is that we are taking God's power: the ability to manipulate plants and animals and have them live in symbiotic eco-systems.
The Creation or Destruction of Human Life
We steal God's will when we destroy human life via war, euthanasia, abortion, and murder. We make ourselves the gods who decide who lives and dies. The bad thing about this is that society blinds itself to the repercussions. If you look at the statistics on abortion, an over-whelming number of people utilizing abortion are people of color. Some people refer to this as the Hidden Genocide.
Similarly, we also take away God's power when we decide how to create humans. Procedures like IVF are intrinsically evil because of the destruction or shelving of human lives. Surrogacy is no better. If God does not will us to have children, then who are we to take that power away from him?
Judgment and Authority
Now this is a sticky issue. But ultimately God is the Only Judge. He decides our salvation. He gives us free will, which is the only real power human's have. However, he clearly has stated that we are also to obey him and trust in his judgment, his will and not that of our own.
He set aside the guidelines for following his authority in the Bible and within the Holy Spirit who speaks through our church leaders. When we start thinking that we have the right to interpret clearly stated church dogma, we make ourselves into gods. We take away God's power.
And anytime we take away God's power, the only people we are hurting are ourselves. Free will is a gift and a power that we were freely given. We have the power to decide whether or not to obey or disobey God. The other powers are not ours to take and are a clear disobedience of God. It's time to stop eating the forbidden fruit and start putting our trust and our obedience in God.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6