Sylfaen – Which is a worse sin: Lying or Adultry? Stealing or Being Disrespectful of Your Parents? Perjury or Bribing a Judge?
Throughout the centuries, people have studdied the Bible most thoroughly. They argue about the meaning of this or that or how it applies to everyday life. Some people created a theory of beliefs concerning the Bible. The more people bought into it, the more it needed a name. The earliest name attributed to Christianity was The Way. You know, from that passage, “Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.” Soon, it’s followers were called Christians in Antioch. It was first meant to be derogatory in nature, but christians owned it as a badge of honor. Eventually the way organizes into an Orthodox Church System.
Hundreds of years have passed since the formation of the Catholic Church. One monk is having difficulty with the texts and the way the others teach it. He spends some serious time reading through it and decides that the church has erred on its teaching of several points. He makes a list and nails it to the church door. He was hoping that the church would read through the texts, come to the same conclusion, and made the neccessary changes. They do not. Lutheranism is born. Weslyanism follows. Soon there are schisms left and right. One denomination becomes hundreds with hundreds more sub-denominations. Each of them with their own theory of belief.
Some churches treat sin as if Adultry is worse than Lying, Stealing is worse than Disrespecting Parents, and Bribing Judges is worse than Perjury. So people who admit to these things must tithe a little more, volunteer their time on behalf of God, or Pray a certain prayer five to seven times. Other churches refuse to teach on the subject of sin saying “People have been told turn or burn for hundreds of years, we’re just going to teach that if people seek the kingdom of God first, everything they needed will be given to them later on.”
1 John 5:16-17 tells us: “16If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that he should pray about that. 17All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.”
So this is how the Bible ranks sin:
It’s either (1) The sin that leads to death, also know as the unpardonable sin, blasphemeing the Holy Spirit, which cannot be forgiven or (2) everything else, sins that do not lead to death that can be forgiven and prayed for so that God will restore life to a brother or sister in the faith.
Lying, adultry, stealing, being disrespectful of parents, perjury, and bribing a judge are all equally bad and equally forgivable. If you think you’re good enough to seek forgiveness for lying, but not good enough to seek forgiveness for adultry, I’ve got news for you, you are good enough after all. The only way you’ll never be good enough is to not seek forgiveness, ever. The good news is that they’re all forgiven in the same way, tell God you’re sorry and don’t do it again.