is all sin, sin?

I wrote this a few years ago regarding a Bible Study I had here at work.  The question was brought up about ‘is all sin, sin?”  and is there any difference in the degrees of sin.  So I wrote my thoughts down below on what I researched in The Good Word:

1 John 5:17 “All wrongdoing is sin”

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

In summary, some sins seem bigger than others because their obvious consequences are much more serious.  Murder, for example, seems to us to be worse than hatred, and adultery seems worse than lust.  But this does not mean that because we do lesser sins we deserve eternal life.  All sin makes us sinners and all sin cuts us off from our Holy God.  All sin, therefore, leads to death(because it disqualifies us from living with God), regardless of how great or small it seems.  Don’t minimize “little” sins or overrate “big” sins.  They all separate us from God, but they ALL can be forgiven.

However, the consequences for sin are different according to the law of God and different places in the scriptures where we see that some sins seem to be punished more severely.

But, we have the account of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11 where they were struck dead when they lied to God.  The seriousness of this sin doesn’t seem to be that “bad” in fact to most of us it seems that this sin might be considered one of the “little” sins as mentioned above. And some Christians had died because they took Communion “in an unworthy manner” 1 Corinthians 11:27-30 

In Exodus 20 God gives His moral law to Moses to give to us.  This Moral Law is still in effect today.  In Exodus 21:24,25 there is more scripture of how to repay for sins committed.  The “eye for eye” rule was instituted as a guide for judges, not as a rule for personal relationships or to justify revenge.  This rule made the punishment fit the crime, thereby preventing the cruel and barbaric punishments that characterized many ancient countries.  Jesus used this principle to teach us not to retaliate (Matthew 5:38-48).  Judges, parents, teachers, and others who work with people must make wise decisions in order for discipline to be effective.  A punishment too harsh is unfair, and one too lenient is powerless to teach.  Ask God for wisdom before you judge.

In Matthew 5:44 I think Jesus states it perfectly “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” and v.39 “If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

We can all agree to disagree.  But, most important above all is our faith and belief in our Lord Jesus Christ and having a personal relationship with Him.

John 3:16“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whomsoever believeth in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life”


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