"Our spiritual ancestors were far more concerned with sins of heart and mind than they were with sins of hands or feet or other body parts. Acts of the flash were lesser sins and derivative: done and done. Bad thoughts, however, withered the spirit, stunted the work of grace, erupted into bad actions.
"They learned this practice from Jesus, who in the Sermon on the Mount was most concerned about his disciples' attitudes. Jesus, of course, spoke to his disciples out of his own wilderness experience: his temptations were less about what he would do in his ministry than they were about why. Being faithful, in turn, is less about avoiding certain acts than about living a certain way, walking in God's way."
Scripture: Psalm 25:4-5 (ERV)
"Lord, help me learn your ways. Show me how you want me to live. Guide me and teach me your truths. You are my God, my Savior. You are the one I have been waiting for."
Sometimes, I think the dangerous thing about our faith is that it's open to so much interpretation. "Walking in God's way," for example, can be interpreted by one sincere Christian in one way and by another sincere Christian in a completely different way.
But it's also the beauty of a faith like ours, I think, because it reflects the diversity of God and the freedom of humankind. God can and will be all these things to all these people. There may very well be no one right way to understand God, just as there may be no one right way for us to walk in God's ways.
What happens when we get so caught up in arguing over what that might mean and who has the right definition is we miss the point and the opportunity to walk in God's ways, to be who God would call us to be. As long as we understand the why behind our own "Godly ways" and see that these ways are consistent with God's love for all of creation, I think we're on the right track.