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Are all sins equal?

Submitted: 12/21/2013
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Question: Are all sins equal in God's eyes? For example, is murder as bad as telling a lie?

Answer: All sins are morally equal, which is to say that all sins are expressions of rebellion against the Creator God and will be judged as such. But all sins do not have the same consequences in the present life. Obviously, telling a lie does not have the same consequence as murder, which results in the death of a human being. What many people fail to recognize is that sins have temporal as well as eternal consequences, and just because God forgives us, that does not mean He removes all the consequences. One of the reasons for this is because He wants us to learn our lessons well so that we will cease from sin. A good example in the Bible is King David. His adultery was forgiven, but his life was never the same. A sin is like tossing a pebble in a stream: it has a ripple effect and will often bring great grief into the lives of the people around us. Sin is nothing to be messing around with!