Are all sins the same?

I’ve always been taught that God sees all sin as sin – that there is no difference in the eyes of God between a white lie and murder. Oh, I’m not saying that God does not recognize them as different actions, because it is clear from the Law that He does. God has laid out things one should and should not do in different situations.

So I’ve always said that God sees extra-marital sex no differently than homosexual sex, and no differently than murder, and no differently than lying – since scripture is clear that each are sins and should not be done.

But I was reading the other day and came accross this passage:

Proverbs 6:16-19  (NASB)

16 There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, 19 A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.

Its obvious God hates certain sins. He hates pride, untrustworthiness, and trouble-making.

So the question must be asked again, “Does God see all sin the same?”

Revelation 21:6-8

6 Then He said to me, “It is done I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.  7 He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. 8 But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

Certainly people who do certain sins will get the second death – being thrown into the lake of fire.

Lets see what else the Bible teaches us about this…

But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.

7 Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 8the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 9No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death. 18We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.

So yes. God recognizes different sins. God hates certain sin. Yet, God sees all sin alike – it is whatever is not from faith. But doing “bad” things does not mean we are defined by those. We are defined by the faith we have, which is reflected in what we think and do.

And regardless of who we are, if we have no faith, our end will be the same.

John 3:16-18

 16“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

So what is to be our response to sin?

Romans 10:1-9

1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. 2 For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. 3 For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. 5 For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law shall live by that righteousness. 6 But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows: “DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, ‘WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN?’ (that is, to bring Christ down), 7or ‘WHO WILL DESCEND INTO THE ABYSS?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).” 8But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”–that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

We need to believe that God sent His Son to suffer and die for our sins and that God raised Him from the dead, and this will cause us to have evidence in our lives of the faith in Christ. Then, regardless of who we are or what we’ve done, we will be adopted children of God – brothers and sisters of Christ.


6 Responses

  1. No, not all sins are the same. Example: blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. However, the original sin doctrine makes it a moot point anyway, especially when viewed from a covenantal perspective. According to the initial chapters of Romans, a person is either “in Adam” or “in Christ.”

  2. W,
    As you quote from 1 John 5, God does see “sin” in certain category, note what St. Paul says about sexual sin and the body, 1 Cor. 6: 17-19 / Rom. 1: 24-26, etc. The moral law of God is still toward the human conscience. The verses from Prov. 6: 16-19, should be seen with the the whole of the OT Wisdom literature perhaps. And the Rev. 21: 8, should also take into the context of the “genre” of the apocalyptic. As we know too with St. Paul, he was always concerned about the Law/Gospel problems. Again God seems to always press the moral law issue. (Rom. 16: 17-19 / 1 Tim. 1: 5 ; 8-11 / 1 Peter 2:11-12 / I John 5:21)

  3. I think that not all sins are the same, yet they are. :)

    I think there are categories, so in that regard they are different.
    But I think the answer to all sin is the same for all of them, and in that regard they are the same.

    If you notice, all sins seem to go back to not being someone who is trustworthy and loving.

    As for the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, I think that is disagreeing with God about whether Christ was sent to be our substitutionary sacrifice – even up to when one dies. If someone has more info on blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, I’d be willing to read it, if you are wiling to write it. :)

  4. Wb, John was writing long after Christ came and went, and he spoke about a sin unto death – much like the writer of Hebrews. Apostasy is a sin which is sin unto death – the sin unto death.

    • Apostasy would be denying the Holy Spirit – from my perspective, it all boils down to the same thing – calling the Holy Spirit a liar all the way to the grave.

  5. Apostasy, now there is a greater subject I believe! We are witnessing the apostasy of Christiandom daily! (2 Thess. 2:3 / 2 Tim. 3)

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