I remember reading in the book of Adam and Eve something that piqued my interest. How lust is the cause of all sin. The book states:
And when he had received the oath from me, he went and poured upon the fruit the poison of his wickedness, which is lust, the root and beginning of every sin, and he bent the branch on the earth and I took of the fruit and I ate.
The Bible states:
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. - 1 Timothy 6:10
I don’t think that evil and sin are necessarily equal here. Some people believe that evil in that verse means sin. The book of Adam and Eve stating that the root of every sin is lust makes sense to me. The word lust in the Vine’s Expository Dictionary says that lust, “denotes strong desire of any kind.” I think all sin is strongly desired by us as humans because we are flesh. All the flesh wants to do is fulfill its desires, and they can be quite intense at times. Overwhelming even, if we let it get to that point. Which brings us to murder, cheat, and lie as we do. We can blame no one or anything for our sins but ourselves. We are fully accountable for the sins we commit. We are made of flesh, but we can control and keep it in check by walking in the spirit.
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. - Galatians 5:17
I don’t think that this means that we as humans should have no desires at all, but that we need to be very mindful of whether our desires are of the flesh or the spirit - whether they are for good or evil. Knowing the difference can be tricky. A lot of people do things that are not of God, assume that they are, and remain completely oblivious to their sins. They seem to have no discernment.
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: - 1 Peter 2:2
We should want good things rather than lust after evil things. Money doesn’t have as much to do with sin as lust. Lusting after money is what dominates our modern world. It isn’t going to get better, but we as individuals can make things right for ourselves and the accountability of our souls. That is what I ultimately am seeking to do, make things right with God. Overcoming lust is the answer to sinning less. We can’t keep ourselves from sinning at all; we are human. Of course, that’s why repentance is so important. Lust is based on the desires of our flesh and can use our minds and hearts to get what it wants. You don’t even have to act out sins, simply thinking with lust is sinful.
But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. - Matthew 5:28
Although lust gets most associated with things of a sexual nature, it is an all-encompassing concept of desire - which is why I believe it is so important to be on constant guard.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: - 1 Peter 5:8