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All Sins Equal?!

“Wow! Excuse me! All sins are equal!! There is no such thing as small and big, good or bad sin!” —Maryna E.

I think you are perhaps saying that all sin is serious to God. That’s true, but let me give you another thought for your consideration. “Sin” is the biblical word for crimes against God’s Law (see 1 John 3:4). As human beings, we would punish very serious crimes with the death sentence, such as the crimes committed by terrorists, like burning a man alive in a cage. Then there are misdemeanor crimes such as the stealing of a loaf of bread because a man is hungry. For that crime a judge may simply impose a fine. Both are crimes, but they are not the same. Any judge who treated them the same shouldn’t be a judge. He should be removed from the bar and examined for his mental incompetence. Let’s now look at those crimes and see how they transfer to the violation of God’s Law. Burning a man alive in a cage is a terrible sin. It is an act of murder (violation of the Sixth Commandment) and according to the Bible, it is punishable by death (see Exodus 21:12-14). The stealing of a loaf of bread is also a sin. It is theft (violation of the Eighth Commandment), for which the Bible says, “People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving. Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold.” (Proverbs 6:30-31). One is given the death sentence, the other has to pay back sevenfold. The sentences are not the same because the sins are not the same. All sin is not equal. If they were, both the murderer and the petty thief would have received the same punishment. So when someone says “All sins are equal!” they are slurring the character of God. They are painting Him as an incompetent judge, when all of His judgments are righteous and true altogether and are according to righteousness.

Ray Comfort

Ray Comfort is the Founder and CEO of Living Waters and the bestselling author of more than 90 books, including God Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life, How to Know God Exists, and The Evidence Bible. He cohosts the award-winning television program Way of the Master, airing in every country in the world, and is an Executive Producer of “180,” “Evolution vs. God,” “Audacity,” and other films. He is married to Sue and has three grown children, and hasn’t left the house without gospel tracts for decades.

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