All sins are equal?


I have heard people say many times that ‘all sins are equal in the eyes of God.’ But this is a very strange concept. These are just a few different ideas the Bible has about sin, and the problems and absurdities surrounding them.

If all sins are equal, does that mean that lying is the same as genocide? Or is genocide the same as lying? Either telling a harmless lie is equivalent to murdering million of people, or murdering a million people is the same as telling a harmless lie. Either way the idea is ridiculous. Lucky courts of law do not use this concept, otherwise we would have someone caught speeding executed, or we would have a murderer given a small fine.

Another, less ridiculous idea is found in  the Bible, in Matthew 5:21-28 Jesus says that hating someone counts as murder, and that lust counts as adultery; all of these things are sins, but they are not equivalent. However the idea that someone can go to Hell for something as small as hating someone is rather stupid, nearly as stupid as the idea that we can go to Hell because a few thousand years ago a couple of people took dietary advice from a talking snake.

It is interesting to read through the things God thinks are sins, which include being drunk and being a sorcerer – God should know that sorcery doesn’t work, or maybe he thinks that street magicians will go to Hell! Verses such as Proverbs 6:16-19, Galatians 5:19-21 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 list out a ton of sins, including lying, stealing, murdering, envy, being drunk, sorcery, being idle, jealousy, anger, strife, adultery and people who are ‘sexually immoral.’ Funny how slavery is never mentioned, isn’t it? God hates sorcerers, but allows slavery.

Jesus says in James 2:10 that ‘For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.’ So if you commit just one sin, you might as well be committing them all.

Further reading:

Hell – not a threat to an atheist

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One thought on “All sins are equal?

  1. The argument to sin even more is the argument of the devil. Sin is indeed addictive. Meanwhile sin is a perversion of the nature of man. The more you do an unnatural act, the more tendency to do it more often and with more.

    Once one realizes that s/he made a mistake, the natural tendency is to stop and amend the wrong that has been done. It is weird to do even more wrong since “in any way the wrong has been done.” This kind of philosophy leads to death since the first step out of a home has been wrong. This kind of philosophy removes the idea of freedom including the freedom to make mistakes along the way and be given the chance to change before the end.

    The concept of sin being against God’s love is absolute, but circumstances changes the degree of sin. Even intentions can make a seemingly neutral (amoral) act (e.g. eating) sinful if intention is added in (e.g. gluttony).


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