Are all sins the same? God seems to thinks so. (Romans 3:10, 23) But how can this be? Say two men are given responsibility for the oversized buckets designed to carry water to their village. One fills his bucket with straw and appropriates it as a lounger for his hut. The other flies into a rage and uses his bucket to beat a fellow villager to death.
How can these possibly be seen as the same thing?
We judge actions, God judges hearts. The buckets did not belong to the men, they belonged to the village; neither used his bucket in the way it was made to be used, and as a result the village suffered. Based on actions, a crazed murderer is far worse than an opportunistic hedonist. But based on motives, both have failed to use their “buckets” (their lives) in the way they were created to be used.