Are Some Sins Greater Than Others?
Welcome to Bible Question and Answer, our bi-weekly series where we provide Bible verses, answers and advice to the questions and concerns you have. During the course of the last two weeks readers have submitted their questions and today we are going to answer some of them.
Question: Hi, I was wondering if it states in the bible, if there are sins that are greater than others? Or is every sin considered the same in Gods eyes no matter the severity?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Nichole, that is a great question. “A sin is a sin” is a misconception, I think you already understand that as you mentioned severity of sin. Please turn your Bible with me to,
10 “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”
This is a verse commonly referenced to document all sins are the same. But that is not what this verse is talking about. Let us continue.
11 “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.”
The entire point is once we sin, we become a transgressor of the law. Now turn to,
23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
When we break the law we simply become a lawbreaker and at that point we fall from the glory of our Father.
Now let us document the severity of different sins. Proverbs 6:30-31 explains if a thief steals because of hunger he must repay what he stole sevenfold. Exodus 21:12 documents one who murders must be killed themselves. Obviously, we have a difference in severity between the two.
In John 19:11 Christ Himself would stated, “he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.” Indicating one sin is worse than another. 1 John 5:16-18 documents there are some sins that lead to death while others do not.
Revelation 20:13 and Jeremiah 25:14 both document we are judged by our works.
And finally from Christ Himself,
12 “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”
How are we judged?
By our works.
If we have good works we will receive wonderful rewards while those who have evil works will also receive their reward, but I can guarantee you they are not going to like it. So not only can we document that there is a severity or degree to sin, but there is also a level to the other aspect of it, good works.