Life precedes Action. This is a fundamental principle that is undeniable.
Most of religion believes that man comes into the world as a clean slate without sin, yet because of the condition of the world around him he is prone to yield to the influences of his environment and do wrong, thus becoming a sinner by action.
The truth of scripture is that all mankind is corrupted by the sin of the first man that ever lived, being created by God (who established right and wrong), and thus are sinful by nature and sinners by practice. There are none born innocent. We are conceived in sin and thus dead to God.
Whatever the system of religion is that holds any requirement of the individual, be that belief or obedience to code, is a system of hopeless logic. Without life that can be no ability or action to respond to reason.
Faith itself being the quality of the will to respond in confidence toward the things of God is given by Holy Spirit God by conception of life in regeneration. Only those that have eternal life can respond in faith. Thus, faith is not that gives life, but the action of the living. Principle undeniable. Amen.