Are All Sins Equal?

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23

Are all sins equal in the eyes of God?

Let’s begin by defining sin. We sin when we go against God’s law. We do this by either not doing what God requires of us or by doing what He has forbidden us to do. Sin can occur in one of three ways: Thought, word, or deed.

So, if we’re asking if all sins are equal in the sense that they separate us from God, then the answer is yes.

James 2:10 tells us that if we fail to keep one point of the law then we are law breakers. And as we see from our text, when we sin we fall short of God’s glory, and our sin separates us from Him.

But if we’re asking if all sins equally serious, then the answer is no, they’re not. Murder is more serious than stealing. Leading someone into false teaching is more serious than cutting someone off in traffic.

Jesus said to Pilate in John 19:11, “the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.” And again in Luke 12:47-48 Jesus taught that there are different degrees of punishment.

But the good news of Christianity is that, even though we sin, through Christ we are forgiven. Through Christ “we have redemption through His blood, and the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” (Ephesians 1:7) This forgiveness is available to “whoever calls on the name of the Lord for forgiveness.” (Act 2:21)


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