Are all sins alike?

So many times we hear preachers tell us that to God all sins are alike to God. That is to say that to God, one sin is just as bad as another.

But in John 19:11, Jesus said to Pilate,

11 Jesus answered, “You would have no *authority over Me, unless * it had been given you from above ; for this reason he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.”

So obviously, Jesus said the one who handed him over was guilty of a worse sin than Pilate. So no, not all sins are alike.

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  1. Westminster’s Shorter Catechism question 83:

    Are all transgression of the law equally heinous?

    Answer:

    Some sins in themselves, and by reason of several aggravations are more heinous in the sight of God than others.

    Proof texts:

    Ezekiel 8:6, 13, 15. He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations…. He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do…. Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these. Matthew 11:20-24. Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee. John 19:11. Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

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