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Proverbs 14:9

9 Fools [eviyl] make a mock [luwts] at sin [asham]: but among the righteous [yashar] there is favour [ratsown]. KJV-Interlinear

9 Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is good will. NASB

The word for sin here, 'asham' means both the sin and the sin offering. Now this is the attitude of people who are negative toward God and doctrine and their spiritual life in general.

Who is the negative person? Anyone who is out of fellowship for a significant portion of their life. This can be the unbeliever obviously. All unbelievers are perpetually out of fellowship. It is impossible for any unbeliever to be in fellowship.

As for believers, then anyone who ignores their Bible study is a negative person. Anyone who is indifferent toward God is a negative person. Any person who is inconsistent in their spiritual life is a negative person. Any believer who tries to make up their own definition of the spiritual life (rejecting what the Bible teaches), is a negative person. Anyone who is defiant toward God, angry with God, bitter in life, perpetually out of fellowship, etc., etc., etc., is a negative person. Emotion and therefore sin, rule their life.

By rejecting what the Bible teaches with respect to the spiritual life, how it functions, how one attains it and so forth, then that person makes himself negative in whole or in part.

Negative people are mockers in life. You probably do not think of yourself as a mocker, but here the definition includes everyone who is not functioning within their spiritual life. Anytime you are out of fellowship you are a mocker. You technically do not see sin as a threat to your life.

Some people are more obvious in their negative attitude toward God. People who regularly participate in crime for example, or people who are perpetual gossips, or people who are just so self righteous that it oozes out of their ears (so to speak).

Any mocker considers anyone else as a fool in life. They might commit sin in a light hearted way, they might commit sin in a cheerful way - for the pure enjoyment of their thoughts or actions. Mockers of all degrees make up cute little names and descriptions for their actions. Sort of adds to the joke of it all. They ignore rebuke, not giving any credibility or recognition to those (including God) who rebuke them. They do not recognize any authority but themselves.

They encourage others to participate in their activities. Criminals enlist criminals, gossips enlist gossips (or hearers of their gossip). Sin loves company and searches it out with enthusiasm.

Mockers mock sin. They thumb their nose at the negative aspects of what they think or do. If there is no immediate repercussion for their sin, then it must be ok. The threat of punishment is discounted as no threat at all.

Eventually with more and more time spent out of fellowship and with virtually nothing happening in the form of discipline, or should I say, nothing that happens is interpreted as discipline, then the negative person will begin to mock even the thought of a sin offering (confession) as a waste of time. Confession becomes a joke to them. The very simple task of confession (see that study in 1 Jn.) becomes a waste of their time.

The odd thing about all of this is that negative people use mockery (as we have broadly defined it) to make fun of or to justify their ignoring, Bible doctrine. In turn, the sin, whether active sins or whether their negative attitude of disregard for Bible study, will turn them (the negative people) into a mockery.

They become the mockery of themselves. The enjoyment which they pursue through their passions, through their condescending attitude, through their ridicule, through their disregard of authority, etc., all these things are deceptions and these thoughts and actions actually deprive them (the negative person) of the very things (happiness, fulfillment) that they desire.

The disposition of the soul determines the acceptableness of the worship. Good will, the propitiation of God, comes to those who recognize and accept His rules for operation of the spiritual life, and to those who follow them properly.

The mockers may say or do all of the right things publicly, but their souls are empty of truth and full of deceit. Gods approval does not come with impressing mankind, but through obedience to Gods plan.

Those who would be the upright in Gods eyes, are those who do not try to impress people, but who try their very best to obey and comply with Gods commands for their life.

Negative people pursue good will and happiness through their own means, which usually means bringing harm in some form to others, but they never accomplish their goals in life - never.

The mature believer simply obeys God, and all the mature believer desires, will come to him sooner or later.

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