Are all sins the same to God? (Romans 3:10, 23) Say two men are given responsibility for large buckets designed to carry water to their village. One uses his bucket as a stool. The other flies into a rage and uses his bucket to beat a fellow villager to death. How can these possibly be seen as equal wrongs?
Answer: we judge actions, God judges motives. The buckets didn’t belong to the men, they belonged to the village; neither used his bucket in the way it was meant to be used, and as a result the whole village suffered. Based on actions, a crazed murderer is far worse than an easy-going hedonist. But based on motives, both have completely failed to use their “buckets” (their lives) in the way they were meant to be used.