Are All Sins the Same?

Thought for the Week

It’s election week in my country, so it seemed an appropriate time to post this, although the point extends far beyond politics. Infinitely far, you might say.

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 colonial_bucket3to 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 their 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.


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29 Responses to Are All Sins the Same?

  1. That makes a lot of sense, Mitch. We judge actions all the time, but it should be known God focuses and judges the hearts of those making them.

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  2. Amen! Preach on brother, Mitch, this is a wonderful eye-opening analogy.

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  3. Lesley says:

    I would never have considered that aspect before, but it does make sense!

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  4. pkadams says:

    And why did they sin? Because we are all sinners. God sent Jesus to redeem ALL sinners. But not all people want to be redeemed. The redeemed (those who confess and repent and believe in Jesus) are forgiven, even murderers. 🙂

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  5. C.A. Post says:

    However accurate this is in regard to actions, we must weigh James’ proposal (2:10-11) that all are sins against the same God against Jesus’ “comfort” to Pilate and warning to the leaders of the Sanhedrin, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore, he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.” Both were guilty of the crucifixion, but Jesus made it plain that not all sins ARE the same.
    And Paul noted about adultery, “Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body,” again, showing that not all sins are the same.
    Just sayin.’ 😉
    ❤️&🙏, c.a.

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  6. pastorpete51 says:

    And every sin – both big and small, cost Jesus His life to pay the price.

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  7. Jesus had plenty to say about some sins being punished more severely, but when the standard is perfection, “sin is sin,” and without Him we are all lost.”

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  8. Nancy Ruegg says:

    An insightful analogy, Mitch! We like to categorize sin, thinking certain ones aren’t SO bad. But God doesn’t view sin that way (1 John 1:7-9). How over-the-top wonderful to know Jesus took the punishment we deserved. Now, as his followers, we can look forward to eternity in heaven with him!

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  9. Yup, God always sees the (much) bigger picture.

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  10. kindfeelings says:

    I like your explanation Mitch.

    It is hard for us to see all sin as the same but a higher being observing us would have a more balanced view.

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  11. Thotaramani says:

    👍🏻 Mitch! Karma plays a vital part in Life.

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  12. Great analogy, Mitch. But there are certain sins, like being a serial killer who tortures their “prey,” that transcends the dignity of being human with a soul. It’s pure evil. This is definitely a thought-provoking topic!

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  13. Ann Coleman says:

    I’ve never thought of it that way, Mitch, but it does make sense.

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  14. A thought provoking analogy! We tend to judge actions alone, but God knows the heart, every heart.

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  15. Right, Mitch. All sin is the same in that it shows us our nature and points us to the only One Who can save us. On the other hand, sins are different in terms of their temporal consequences; murder may cause me to spend the rest of my life in prison, whereas pride (my main problem) is endorsed by much of society.

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  16. markbierman says:

    I worked as a Correctional Officer for years (out of it now, thankfully). As I look back on my time there, I ponder how often I thought I was better than those men who’d broken the law. Recently I feel myself being prompted to consider how wrong my thinking was; self righteous really. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but it’s so true.

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