Is All Sin the Same in God’s Eyes?

From a comment on God Cannot Die

BFHU:“For instance, it is wrong to slap my brother but it is exponentially more wrong to slap my father. The action is the same in both cases but the sin’s gravity increases greatly when it is against my father versus against my brother.”

Q.Are you kidding me? That is wrong on so many levels. You are essentially saying that the slap to the sibling is not right but its not that bad compared to the slap of the parent? Are you for real?

A. I am amazed that you think both actions are equal.

Q. Surely, a Christian such as you claim, would know that such actions are wrong in both accounts.

A. I do and I said both actions were wrong.

Q.Do you think that God operates what way?

A. Yes. I know He does

Q. There is no such thing as a big sin and a small sin in the eyes of God.

A. Where does it say that in Scripture? That is just not true. Even when I was a Protestant I heard this idea that all sin is equal in God’s eyes and I thought it was ridiculous from what I knew about God and scripture. I would rather be gossiped about than murdered. There IS a big difference between sins. It just seemed pretty disrespectful towards God to think He saw no difference in the gravity of various sins.

Q. One small sin is enough to keep you out of His kingdom—period.

A. Where does it say that in Scripture? I think God is a little more gracious and discerning than that. I think you are giving me Protestant Tradition not scripture. There is this passage:

James 2:For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.”If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.

So, there is a sense in which all sin is equal.(breaking all of it) That is, that any sin, large or small ,separates us from God so that we all need a Savior. Sort of like a cut in our skin, bleeds. Both large cuts and small cuts bleed. So, in that sense, they are equal in the fact that they bleed. But, in addition to this similarity, there are cuts that are life threatening and much more deadly than others. Yet they are all equal in the sense that they all bleed. But they are unequal in the threat they pose to life.

Yes, sin, big or small, separates us from God. We need to be saved by Christ. But once we are saved we still sin. Some sin is deadly to the life of our soul and our relationship to God. Even Scripture speaks of the difference in gravity of sin. Please see these:

God calls some sin an abomination–>Here He doesn’t call every sin an abomination.

God especially hates 6 or 7 things–> Here

So it would seem that God has some pretty strong feelings about certain sins. He also especially despises people who take advantage of widows and orphans. And St. Paul gives us lists of especially serious sins that will prevent the attainment of Heaven.

Q. In His eyes they are all the same size. The guy who steals post-it-notes from work will go to the same fiery pit as the guy who molested a 10 year old girl.

A. Perhaps you could give us some scripture to back up these assertions.
Because, St. John clearly talks about two different categories of sin

1 John 5:16-17

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. 17All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.

The Catholic Church names these two categories of sin Mortal (sin that leads to death) and Venial (sin that does not lead to death)


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