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Are Some Sins Worse

Do you believe one sin is as bad as another or do you believe there are sins of the flesh vs. sins of the soul?

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Yes, some sins are worse then others.
In (1 John 5:16) there is a sin man commits that leads to physical death. That happens when the sin they commit reaches the tolerance of God. He strikes them dead.
Though all sins carry with them the same eternal penalty, God does not view them all as being of equal severity. Some sins are more heinous than others. in John 19:11, Jesus said, "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. Pilate sinned by sentencing Jesus to death. But those who rejected Him and asked for His death, the Jewish leaders and the crowd whom they swayed, were more guilty because they committed a greater sin.
---Mark_V. on 1/31/14

Thanks' Sis.Shira4368, yes, my heart goes out for them in prayer,every day. Apreciate your answer! Bless you,.

Love of Jesus!
---Lidia4796 on 1/30/14

Lidia all you can do is pray for them. You cannot physically do anything.
---shira4368 on 1/30/14

Sis.Shira4368 This what I'm dealing with D. here ( God is dealing with him) thanks for any advice when you up respect..
There is no sin worse than deny that we are sinners and without the shed blood of Jesus' we could not make it another day not of our own wills, that is the problem.. the people who are unsaved fail to realize, even if they like the way you treat them they themselves most be broken every yoke must be broken and not look up to any human being, but look to Jesus Christ, that the issue here
I can never do for them what Jesus Christ CAN DO ..the worst sin probably is unbelief among others! Love of Jesus!
---Lidia4796 on 1/29/14

Ps.10:15 Break the arm of the wicked and evil man,call him to account for his wickedness that would not be found out. Pr.15:16Better a little with the fear of the lord than great wealth with tormoil. Folks doubt God! Can provide for them.It's a mockery unto to God return, to SIN " old habits" procure money through "worldly means", God is able.

Jesus gave his life for our sins. Where is our testimony?? Where is our faith & love for God? Jesus is in your life! You don't have to beg,borrow nor steal. Corruption hurts!
(our youth) this evil Can come bk on your household.

God is not mocked.

Love of Jesus!
---Lidia4796 on 1/22/14

What does all sin do? It all separates you from God. If your no in God presents who's presents are you in? That could cost you more than you want to pay.
---BRYAN on 1/10/14

I believe Jesus bore our sin on the cross. I believe that in our unity in Him, there is no sin. For I have beheld the "Lamb of God" Who has taken away the sin of the world. The only "sin" that could possibly remain for man is the rejection of Jesus, or the denial of the fact that His atoning sacrifice for man, is sufficient for man's cleaning, forgiveness, and redemption. I believe that the believer, upon confess of the fact the he/she has sinned and was a sinner, has been cleansed of all sin, and is from that point forward free from sin. However to address the question asked, I believe, sin is sin. I know someone will ask, are you saying that you do not sin? I will address that in a later post.
---Josef on 1/5/14

I do not attempt to discern good or evil based on my sensual perceptions. I have given that fruit back. I have no consciousness of sin. Therefore whether I or someone else sin is a moot point for me. If good and/or evil are based on perceptions, than both good and evil are at best vague ambiguous concepts we have given ourselves to know, based on what we in our finiteness, perceive, conceive, and conform to as qualifying as such. I choose not to judge sin. I know without doubt, there is none good but God. Father has taken the sin I carried before I came to Him in confession of that sin, and cast it into the sea of forgiveness. Removing them from me, as far as the east is from the west. He will remember them no more. Neither will I.
---Josef on 1/6/14

"But anything without faith in Jesus Christ who is Love and our Hope, is sin."
Mark_V. on 9/19/13

I repeat what I said, "Hope and charity (love) stand on their own, besides faith, not through it as you pretend."

"But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience."
The heart is so important that the word say, "Thou shalt love...". You would not notice that before knowledge or faith, that man described has
"an honest and good heart" to receive the word from which faith is born? You hate men, specialy the struggling and the lost (the truly plenteous harvest).
Romans 10:10.
---Nana on 9/20/13

Nana, I never said that faith was greater the hope an Love. Not once. But anything without faith in Jesus Christ who is Love and our Hope, is sin. You want to oppose what I say, and know not that the passages in 1 Cor. 13 are talking about Christ. No matter what you can do without Love "Jesus Christ" He is Love, you got nothing. He is also our Hope. Faith in Jesus Christ, who is Love and our only hope. Get that right, and stop twisting the passages. That is why there is three, faith, hope and Love, and the greatest is Love, Jesus Christ. When we have Love (Christ) we have faith and a hope. That's why, anything without faith in Jesus Christ is sin.
---Mark_V. on 9/19/13

Mark_V. is saying that hope and charity which Paul said is greater than faith are sin! Even worse, that they are sin to God!
That is what you are saying. Hope and charity (love) stand on their own, besides faith, not through it as you pretend.

"And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing."
---Nana on 9/19/13

Nana, you opposed the passage of scripture I stated,
""The answer is simple, "anything without faith is sin" to God, and brings the wrath of God on them."
Mark_V. on 9/17/13"
you opposed it with:
"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three, but the greatest of these is charity." which really makes no sense at all. You see anything without faith in Jesus Christ who's nature is love and is our hope is sin to God the Father. You say I called faith greater then love and hope. I don't do that, you just don't understand on the object of our faith and our hope. You thought I made a mistake so you jumped on it. Keep trying, you make me work harder for the Lord.
---Mark_V. on 9/18/13

Lawrence, what you are saying is that anyone who believes that the Word of God is not Jesus Christ is going to hell. Is that right? And what you are saying is that the Spirit of God is not God and if we believe that we are going to hell? is that correct? What religion are you from? You don't have to answer that, just wondering since you made that statement.
---Mark_V. on 9/18/13

The True Light of The salvation of God Acts 2 v 38.
The Very Same as The Early Church.

If you fall from it 2nd. Peter 2 v 21. Because you got to close kissy friendly with 2nd.Cor. 11 v 14 & get into that which is Not of God, sin the trinity also worshipping the gods buddha - hindu - mohammed etc. For hell & the lake of fire will be much hotter for you. It's your choice.

---Lawrence on 9/15/13

Follower of Christ, you contradict yourself.

You quote 1John 1:10 and 1John 3:6 applying them both to Christians, which is a contradiction.

And then you criticize anyone who says they cannot sin in Christ, in spite of your quote of 1John 3:6
"Whosoever abideth in him sinneth NOT: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him"

It seems according to your contradiction/doctrine, when we abide in Christ we cannot sin (1John 3:6) BUT this means we make God a liar when we cannot sin (1John 1:10).

Also according to your contradiction/doctrine, if you sin you have not seen Christ nor known him, BUT you have to repent of future sin, even though you don't know Christ (your a non-believer)

---Haz27 on 3/15/13

1 John 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin [which is] not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.

If there is a sin unto death and a sin not unto death, which of them is worse?
---francis on 3/14/13

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Romans 3:25
"Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, ..."

Only past sins forgiven at time of baptism, future sins must be repented of (because if we say we do not sin we are liars 1 John 1:10)

The deceived believe they are sinless as a result they do not abide in the Lord, they cannot see the Lord, and do not know the Lord Jesus.

1 John 3:6
Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

Only sinners (those who remain in their sins with claims they are sinless) have no spiritual understanding by deception they follow believing they are without sin.
---Follower_of_Christ on 2/24/13

Having sinned in one point of the law is to have violated all the law.

The sins of the flesh and the sins of the soul are equal. Sin is sin. And the wages thereof is death.

The one and only cure and means of redemption is Christ Jesus whose one sacrifice paid the full price for all who believe.
---jan4378 on 2/23/13

Haz, first of all I believe you are my brother in Christ. No doubt. But I believe you are very wrong when you say you do not sin.
The same John who wrote the other passages you give wrote (1 John 1:8). If you claim you do not sin, not only do you deceive yourself, but the Truth is not in you.
How hard is that to understand? Those who are saved are the only ones that admit sin. Why? because they understand the truth, that they are sinners. Of course Scripture calls us saints, saints because of the imputation of Christ righteousness. Did God remove your flesh? No He didn't, not yet. At the resurrection you will come out clean, with a glorified body. No more sin, never to die again. Why don't you understand?
---Mark_V. on 2/18/13

The mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace (Romans 8:6)

Many believers have their mind set on whatever mischief the flesh might conjur, and carry an unnecessary burden wherever they go.

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law (1Cor 15:56)

Looking to the Law of do and don't, their conscience is not clear and they have no peace

Those who are in the flesh cannot please God (Rom 8:8)
---James_L on 2/17/13

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Mark_V. Why call unclean what God has cleansed?

If you believe we've been cleansed of our sin then why do you say we're STILL dirty with sin?

You always quote 1John 1:8-10 BUT you disregard the evangelical context of that chapter. It speaks to those in unbelief/sin.

Also your incorrect understanding of 1John 1:8-10 is a contradiction to 1John 3:6-9 which says Christians "CANNOT sin".
We both know God does not contradict Himself, so then why do you continue to believe in a contradiction?

We're a new creation (2Cor 5:16). We abide in Christ and in him there is NO SIN, 1John 3:5.
---Haz27 on 2/17/13

Haz, the more you continue that you are without sin, the more sin you add to your list. Do you not realize that? You are not without sin. You will die, and I guarantee it. Your sinful body will decay, it will fail, and if you do not die in an accident, you will come out with some kind of cancer, but you will die. If you were without sin, you would be glorified. But there is no truth in you if you think you are without sin. Talking to believers who have the truth,

"If we (believers with the truth) say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us" (1 John 1:8). And
"If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us" (1 John 1:10).
---Mark_V. on 2/17/13

We are dead to sin. Think why Christ came. This blog is foolish. It has no relevance to a blood bought Christian.
---calhoon on 2/14/13


"HOW shall we that are DEAD to sin, live in it any longer?" Rom 6:2

If we're DEAD to sin then that means we've "CEASED from sin", 1Pet 4:1, "CANNOT sin", 1John 3:9. We're "FREED from sin", Rom 6:7.
Jesus truly set us free from sin, John 8:36.

We abide in Christ, 1John 3:6, and in Christ there's NO SIN, 1John 3:5.

If you BELIEVE in Jesus, then Satan the accuser cannot charge you with "sin", Rom 8:33 as your body is already DEAD (by faith) because of sin, Rom 8:10
---Haz27 on 2/16/13

calhoon, the question is very revelant, it does not speak of believers only if there is one sin worse then the other. But I believe it includes sins of Christians also. They still sin even though their sins were taken care of at the Cross. They are still sinners the reason they will one day die.
Sin of the soul is when we do not take accountability for our own actions. Ezekiel 18:4 and 18:20 speaks of this sin of the soul.
---Mark_V. on 2/16/13

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We are dead to sin. Think why Christ came. This blog is foolish. It has no relevance to a blood bought Christian.
---calhoon on 2/14/13

Caiaphas===was the son-in-law of Annas, who for many years dominated the priesthood and the Sadducean party. The vindictive and selfish motive for Jesus' capture and trial before Caiaphas"s court is reflected in a discussion held among Jewish leaders after JESUS RAISED LAZARUS...The fear expressed was that, if Jesus sparked a popular uprising, the Romans might come and take away "both our place and our nation". Speaking of paranoia, these wicked people had it! Not why Jesus came, at all! Then, this wicked man called, Caiaphas, remarked how expedient it would be for just one man to die, rather than the whole nation.
---pat on 2/13/13

Pat, concerning (John 19:11) the first person that came to mine was Judas. We are told much of what happened to him and what he did. But one other person falls in that place also. His name was Caiaphas. Caiaphas took such an active part in the plot against Jesus. If you read (John 11:49-53) he presided over the Sanhedrin. He said,
"They answered and said to him. "if He were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him to you" (John 18:30) after Pilate heard what Caiaphas said so He told them,
"You take Him and judge Him according to your law" So the person could have been Caiaphas in (John 19:11), but the one closest to Christ was Judas.
---Mark_V. on 2/12/13

The answer is NO! Some sins are worse than others, because of the more severe consequences. Jesus said to Pontius Pilate, in John 19:11 "he who delivered Me to you has the GREATER sin." I want to say a word here: What a privilege it is and a honor to be chosen by the living God to serve Him.... The sin I mentioned above, probably because of the far greater knowledge and malice connected with it [Judas]...Ezek. 8:6>>>"But you will see greater abominations".
---pat on 2/11/13

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Luke 12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not [himself], neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many [stripes].

Luke 12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few [stripes].
---francis on 2/10/13

Sis. Shira, good question.
(2 Peter 2:18-22) tells us there is degrees of punishment. Those spoken of were followers of the truth, but not committed to Christ. They knew the truth and left. It is speaking of apostasy.
"For it would have been better for them not to have know the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them" It happen according to the true Proverb (.22).
in (1 John 2:19)
"They went out from us, but they were not of us, for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us, but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us"
---Mark_V. on 2/9/13

Isaiah 22:12-14

12 The Lord, the Lord Almighty,
called you on that day
to weep and to wail,
to tear out your hair and put on sackcloth.
13 But see, there is joy and revelry,
slaughtering of cattle and killing of sheep,
eating of meat and drinking of wine!
Let us eat and drink, you say,
for tomorrow we die!

14 The Lord Almighty has revealed this in my hearing: Till your dying day this sin will not be atoned for, says the Lord, the Lord Almighty.
---born on 2/8/13

markv, I can't remember where the scripture is but in the new testament, it makes reference to degrees of hell. I don't know what that means but I have been thinking about that lately.
---shira4368 on 2/8/13

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Sis, Shira, you are correct, sin is sin, no matter how you color it. Yet some sins have worse consequences then others. How many they do will be tabulated by God. In hell God will never be cruel, He will give to each what each one deserves. For there is no cruelty with God. God punishes each one differently. Those who know the truth and step Jesus underfoot, will have a worse punishment. That is why it is important that when we answer we do it for the glory of God not to defend a denominational church for the purpose of pride.
---Mark_V. on 2/8/13

the worst sin are:presumptuous sin. Knowing clearly what God says to do or not to do, and doing the oposite

Deuteronomy 17:12 And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the LORD thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel.

Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
---francis on 2/8/13

1 Corinthians 3:17
If anyone destroys Gods temple, God will destroy him.

1 Corinthians 6:18
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.

Matthew 12:31
And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.

1 John 5:16
If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that he should pray about that.

Gen 9:6
Whoever sheds blood, his blood be shed, for in the image of God God made man.
---bike on 2/8/13

sin is sin. Paul was a murderer of christians before he was converted. God did forgive Paul but Paul suffered in this life. sin begats sin. we will pay in this body for sin. I am paying for sin now that was committed in my young life. God has forgiven me but I reap the consquences in my body.
---shira4368 on 2/8/13

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Do you believe one sin is as bad as another or do you believe there are sins of the flesh vs. sins of the soul?
---stephanie on 7/28/08
1 John 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin [which is] not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
---francis on 2/7/13

Please refer to John 19 verse 11. God does not treat all sin the same. Murder may cost one years of trials and tribulations in his/her life. Where as, A person who lies or steals does not receive the same punishment.. Our heavenly Father punishes accordingly. EXAMPLE: A man who covets his neighbors car is less a sin then if he were to steal his car.... I am so sorry that one has mislead you to believe that sin is sin. Not so. From now on the Best way to learn the Truth, please check for yourself in the Bible.Which is the truth..
---melissa on 2/7/13

Proverbs 6:16-19 There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers.
---Bob on 2/17/09

All sin is sin you lie its the same as someone murdering a whole family god does not choose what sin is worse it is all equal no sin is greater than another its all bad.
---windy on 2/15/09

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All sin makes us a sinner. But, not all sins are equal. In the OT, where the law was given by God to Moses, there were varied punishments based on the gravity of the offense. Murder is not on the same level as forgetting a friends birthday.
---Wendell on 2/6/09

Some sins are worse than others. PRIDE is one of the worst sins. The worst sin is the rejection of the Holy Spirit. It is unpardonable!!
---Pierr5358 on 12/5/08

Sin is sin is sin. In other words, all sin is bad. The definition of sin is to know that something is wrong and doing it anyway. God doesn't discriminate one against the other. Sin is sin, no matter what.
---Paul on 8/24/08

The bible speaks of some sins as abominations. And some as being committed against ones own body. And one sin that will not even be forgiven, so, yes, there is a difference in sin, with some being worse than others. However, all sin, needs to be forgiven, and forsaken. And one has to understand what sin is to be able to do this. And it is not possible to understand sin, without first understanding the nature and character of God.
---gayla on 8/17/08

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You are right Ursine, it is not our right to say which sin is higher or lower. We don't make the standards of sin. God does. And also right that God doesn't want anyone to fail but that is speaking about "His children only." If He didn't want the whole world to fail, He would save the whole world. He is Omnipotent. He will make it possible for His children not to fail, and is the reason why we have been given the Holy Spirit, to teach us correctly, guide us, and we won't fail because we are sustain by Christ Himself. "For there is no condemnation to those who are In Christ." Those who are His inherited children will get rewards, while those who rejected Christ will get punished accordingly as God's Word indicates.
---Mark_V. on 8/15/08

"All have sinned, and all fall short of the glory of God" (Rom 3:23). All sins are BAD, and while God is a just God, He is also merciful, not willing that even one would fail. It is not our place to judge which sin is "higher" or "lower" on some imaginary "sin scale." What we are called to do is to love God with all our heart soul mind and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourself. (Yes, I have said it before, and I will probably say it again.) If we do those things, then we don't have to worry which sin is worst.
---Ursine on 8/13/08

Jesus said that if you transgress one command it is like breaking them all
---tonne on 8/7/08

If you sin against PROPRIETY (table manners, codes of etiquette, dress codes, etc.), you will likely receive the penalty of MAN (shame, guilt, ridicule/mockery, dirty looks, etc.).

If you cheat on a test (often considered a victimless crime), you have sinned against heaven/rightness.

The prodigal son also sinned against heaven, but the real 'wrong' that the son did was against his dad (ruining the inheritance), but because the son learned the error of his way and also returned because he trusted in his dad's loving kindness, the dad reacted the same as God does (Luke 15:18).
---more_excellent_way on 8/7/08

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Hello Shawn, I wanted to comment on your answer on 7/29. Sin is sin that is for sure. And there is only one hell. How much worse can it get? But we have a God who is "Just." For not everyone will receive the same punisment in hell. We know that at on Judgment Day, the book of works will be open. And God will judge each one by their works. God is Just in that He never punishes someone for something they did not do. All His judgments are just. If there was no degree of punishment there would not be a need for the book of works. Jesus Christ will judge the world in righteousness. He will give to everyone a due proportion either of reward or punishment. The punishments and the rewards given will be totally appropriate. Do you agree?
---Mark_V. on 8/1/08

Sins are all the same unless you accept Jesus as Savior and are forgiven.What I mean by that is you may possibly be moral in every other way but say lie as far as God is concerned you have sinned and are unworthy of heaven.Only refusal to accept Jesus as Savior will keep you out of heaven.Now if you have done murder or armed robbery will still have to pay here on Earth but not in heaven.Only Jesus was sinless.Even the desciples sinned a little.
---shirley on 7/30/08

Nicole...I was not referring to myself when I said that some people are not able to forgive themselves. I was referring to other comments made that said that not all the sins affect people all their lives. The Bible clearly states that there is ONE unforgivable sin - blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. If all others are forgivable, then they are all equal. The punishment is the same for all unforgiven sin.
---SusieB on 7/30/08

Hebrews 10:29 "How much severe punishment, do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of Grace?" All those who reject the gospel of Jesus Christ will go to hell. But, the hottest hell and severest punishment is reserved for those who knew the gospel fully and trampled it. If a person rejects God, never hears the gospel, or doesn't live up to the light they already have, they go to hell. But it won't be like the punishment of one who has come to understand the gospel and then trample Him under foot. That person will suffer the greater punishment.
---Mark_V. on 7/30/08

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SusieB, not all sins are forgivable. Payment is death. Repentance is payment.

Wages, suggestion different wages due. Romans 6:19-20 ..The parts of your bodies as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, so now present them as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.

Your last statement is the unforgivable sin. "God forgives us, we often can't forgive ourselves."

Sin against the Holy Spirit. Sin against Hope. Judas killed himself thinking he couldn't be forgiven.
If God forgives you, how can you not do the same? The sin is against Him. Sin against others is against Him.

Unless you mean to say, you still feel bad about the sin that is forgiven by God.
If this is what you mean, please excuse my comment.
---Nicole on 7/30/08

Nicole: Fornication is equal to murder in the aspect that the wages of both are death apart from the blood of Christ. Nobody is arguing that blaspheming the Holy Spirit is the worst. All other sins are equal in that they lead to spiritual death.
---Trish9863 on 7/29/08

1) 1Cor.6:18 does till us that there is "one sin that is against the soul" & every other sin are against the flesh. It states, "Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body, but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body."

As we read further it is made clearer that the body that is being spoken of is the soul. For it is our soul that is the temple of the Holy Ghost & that was brought with the price of the blood of Christ (1Cor.6:19-20).

So, this begs the question, "Are we keeping sin away from our soul by looking at & interpreting FORNICATION as a physical act?"
---Shawn.M.T on 7/29/08

SusieB: Well stated, both responses!
---Shawn.M.T on 7/29/08

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A sin is a sin and the wages of sin is death. To ask is one sin as bad as another, is like asking is one death as bad as another. Some may believe that one sin, like one death, may be less painful than another but that is only their flesh talking, because in the end death is death and we were created living souls, and the death of sin was not part of our original design. So to commit one sin is the same as committing another, it would just be adding something that does not belong, making it wrong.
---Shawn.M.T on 7/29/08

Nicole, you made some good points HOWEVER, Patricia quoted the correct scripture in
James 2:10-11
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty.
For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill.. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.

We have to agree with God and if God says all sins are the same, then that's what we have to believe. It's hard, I know because if I lie, then that's considered the same as if I killed, right? All sin is sin. God said, "Your sins have made a separation between you and me." God didn't say what sins they were...amen?
---donna8365 on 7/29/08

Romans 6:23...."For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

This scripture says that the punishment for "all sins" is death. How could one sin be less than another if the punishment is the same? Unrepentant sin leads to death. All sins have lifelong consequences because even though God forgives us, we often can't forgive ourselves. Our relationships with others are changed forever in our sins. Some are never established again.
---SusieB on 7/29/08

In St. John chapter 19, verse 11, Jesus says to Pilate,"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." Jesus speaks of Him being delivered for accusation to death as the "greater sin." However, we still find in scripture that "all unrighteousness is sin" in I John chapter 5, verse 17. In Matthew chapter 12, verses 31-32 Jesus says "all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men..." According to this, blasphemy against the Holy Ghost cannot be repented of or forgiven.
---theresa on 7/29/08

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The fact that God punishes some sin more severely than another is a good indication that not all sin is equally bad. To tell a bad joke, or to worship idols, is obviously not equal.
---john on 7/29/08

To elaborate on what I had written before, all sin is equal in terms of being offensive to the holiness of God. However, sin is NOT equal in terms of consequence (which may be the reason the OT law prescribed different penalties for different offenses). I believe it relates to the "eye for an eye..." principle. I could invent an example of one sin that causes great damage to a great number of people compared to a sin that yields relatively little damage, but I think my point has been made.
---Bobby3 on 7/28/08

For those who are saying all sin is the same, thank God you are not God.

You know that all sin is not the same.

The Bible even states there is one sin against the Holy Spirit that isn't the same.

If you have kids, you don't even punish your children the same for different wrongs.

Are you saying you have more mercy than God?

God isn't able to tell the difference, but you can?

One son slept with a girl and an other son killed a girl.

So, you are going to treat them the same?

If you are not, then please don't act like God is going to do so.
---Nicole on 7/28/08

If you sin in one sin you sin in them all.
James 2:10-11
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty.
For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill.. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
---Patricia on 7/29/08

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Sin is equal and causes spiritual death and separation from God no matter the earthly severity.

Sin does have different types of consequences to it. Some sin has lifelong consequences, like a pregnancy out of wedlock, or a divorce due to adultery. Some has deadly consequences, such as HIV/AIDs. All sin causes emotional consequences, with the guilt, shame and remorse that accompanies it, some more severe than others.
---Trish9863 on 7/28/08

Of course some sins are worse than others. Would you rather hang out with a serial killer or with someone who has doubts about the Trinity?
---old_guy on 7/28/08

Yes, one sin is as bad as another. I agree with SusieB below. To me, even THINKING of a sin is the same as DOING the sin (i.e., covet, lust, etc.)

Another unforgivable sin is to renounce God or to say He is evil - even if a person later repents, God will not answer your call, the Holy Spirit will never come back to you.
---Lisa on 7/28/08

Yes, sin is sin, to the Lord. And we can see the penalties for sins in the Old Testament were not all the same. Not all are death penalty sins. And Jesus said there is the unforgivable sin.

Now . . . unforgiveness is very serious > it causes you to not be forgiven > Mark 11:25-26 > and this sin is an example of a sin of the flesh, of being selfish and seeking what you want for yourself so you can't forgive someone who spoiled your flesh getting what it wants. But it also is deeply a soul sin, degrading you from God's own love which is so forgiving warmly and tenderly.

A "small" sin can get you out of control so you then give in to doing much more harm than you expected.
---Bill_bla5659 on 7/28/08

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Some sins are more severe than others (though ALL sin is bad and an offense to God's perfect holiness). For example, Jesus tells us it is a sin to even THINK about murdering someone, however, this is NOT as severe as actually committing the act.

Another thing that came to mind was this verse in James: "My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment." (3:1) This seems to imply that teaching that leads others astray is subject to harsher penalties.
---Bobby3 on 7/28/08

Since there is only one unforgivable sin, the rest are all equal. Only blasphemy of the Holy Ghost is not forgivable.
---SusieB on 7/28/08

Wr are all criminals. If you have ever broken just one of God's law, you my friend, are a criminal....Yes, yes! SIN------lawlessness [1 John 3:4] or transgression of God's will, either by omitting to do what God's law requires or by doing what it forbids. This can occur in thought, word, or deed....I Wonder what God sees in us. Mankind was created without sin. But sin entered into human experience when Adam and Eve violated the direct command of God. Adam and Eve ruined it for all of mankind....SIN is a real and positive evil. Also note: The corruption of sin is not developed or expressed to the same degree in every person. Neither is it expressed in the same way in any person at all times. Probably a good thing.
---catherine on 7/28/08

The Bible says that ALL sin is the same to God (lieing is the same as murder). The Bible says that if you do one sin you do them ALL. When you sin, you nail Jesus back on the cross.
---Leslie on 7/28/08

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Sin is sin. No levels. No big sin or small sin. All are death. i think the Lord really emphasizes protecting what goes on in the inside and our thoughts. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak. No one sins without it first being thought. We have to renew our minds. In fact..we think that committing adultry is is..but Jesus said that if you even look on a woman/man with lust it is like you did it. Be careful what you let in.
---melanie on 7/28/08

Sin is sin, to the Lord! Humans do put a level of degree on sin, for example: to murder is a greater wrong, in human terms, than stealing a pencil or cheating on the income tax. But, to the Lord, sin is sin. It is not possible to seperate the soul from the flesh.
---wivv on 7/28/08

Sin is sin, to the Lord! Humans do put a level of degree on sin, for example: to murder is a greater wrong, in human terms, than stealing a pencil or cheating on the income tax. But, to the Lord, sin is sin. It is not possible to seperate the soul sin from the flesh sin.
---wivv on 7/28/08

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