Is stress a Sin?
hopefully this can open your eyes to areas in your life that you have not completely given to God, and help you take the steps to give it over to Him
Anxiety – a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome:.
So the first step we need to take is to take a look at Jesus’s life and compare his life to our question. If he lived a perfect life, then whatever He did we should do as well. So if he stressed, then it wouldn’t be a sin.
We need to look at Biblical examples of possible situations when Jesus could have been stressed, and then compare them to our definition above.
The Garden of Gethsemane
36 Then Jesus *came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and *said to His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed. 38 Then He *said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.”
39 And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” 40 And He *came to the disciples and *found them sleeping, and *said to Peter, “So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? 41 Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42 He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.” 43 Again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more. 45 Then He *came to the disciples and *said to them, “[a]Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Get up, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!”
Ok so this situation, is probably the best possible scenario where you could argue that Jesus was anxious so therefore we should be “Allowed to be anxious.” Well lets take a look at this passage.
37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed.
Distress – extreme anxiety, sorrow, or pain:
So does that answer our question? I mean in essence it does, but lets not take it out of context. Stress inherently is not a sin and yes, I would have to agree with that, because it is stated that yes Jesus was deeply anxious.
HOWEVER <— if you didn’t notice this is important!
Notice where Jesus places God’s(His Father) will in the situation and I think the answer really pops out. If you continue reading the passage, (it actually elaborates on it more in Mark), however Jesus does pray for God’s will to be done, and that is a key point. He is extremely stressed, but Jesus kept His focus on God and did not allow Stress to become an idol in His life.
So what is the answer? is Anxiety a sin or not?
My answer would be inherently no, HOWEVER when your stress either takes a higher place than God, or distracts you from what God has planned for you, then yes it becomes a sin. I think you can compare it to anger. Anger inherently is not a sin, however when your anger causes you to sin, then Yes, it would be a sin.
- Anxiety is a Catalyst for sin