Saturday, January 30, 2021

Big Sins and Little Sins?

As far as God is concerned, are there big sins and little sins? Here are three scriptures on the matter:


For whoever keeps the whole Law, yet stumbles in one point, has become guilty of all

(James 2:10 NASB)

HOWEVER:

Do not become teachers in large numbers, my brothers, since you know that we who are teachers will incur a stricter judgment.

(James 3:1 NASB)

Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over Me at all, if it had not been given to you from above; for this reason the one who handed Me over to you has the greater sin.”

(John 19:11 NASB)

I think that as far as God is concerned sin is defined as transgressing his laws. For his purposes that is the definition of sin. If this is the only criteria he uses then yes, every sin is the same - from mass murder to telling a little white lie. Both equally violated the letter of his law. The question is, does he consider some violations more serious than others? Two of the above scriptures would indicate he does...

However:

There is no biblical basis for the belief in different severities of divine punishment, that was made up by Dante and as a Protestant I don't believe in Purgatory - as there is no scriptural basis for this either, so it would follow from this that as far as God cares a "little" sin is as great as a "big" sin as there is no apparent provision for gradients of punishment based on the severity of sin, and anyway:

"the wages of sin is death"

(Romans 6:23)

According to this, any sin incurs the penalty of death. There can be no gradients of death, surely? Either you are dead or you aren't

But I don't really know what to think about this one

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