Is All Sin Equal in Consequence?
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, And light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, And sweet for bitter!”
The dictionary defines sin as -transgression of the law of God; disobedience of the divine command; any violation of God’s will, either in purpose or conduct, moral deficiency in the character; iniquity; as sins of omission and sins of commission. Here is another definition of sin from an English dictionary.
It reads. 1. – To depart voluntarily from the path of duty prescribed by God to man; to violate the divine law in any particular, by actual transgression or by the neglect or nonobservance of its injunctions; to violate any known rule of duty; –often followed by against; as “against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and come shot of the glory of God.”
This definition tells you there is more than one way to commit sin. One can think about or contemplate a sin without acting upon it; if that individual does not repent of it- it is sin. Some sins are less obvious than other sins. Some sins receive greater punishment. Murder is a more serious crime than stealing- but what is always true about sin is- all sin is disobedience to God’s Word. All sin is not equal in consequence but a sinner will suffer the consequence of sin. Sin always cost more than we are willing pay and it lasts longer than we want to endure its’ consequence.
In the original translation of the Bible sin means “to miss the mark.” We have our guidelines in The Word of God; The Bible which- instructs us how to be obedient to God and avoid the consequences of sin. There are consequences to sin and there is reward for obedience to God’s will, God’s Word is God’s Will.
When Creator (God) created the cosmos (the world), He (God) He set forth laws and consequences to guide and protect us. These laws apply to physics, the Law of Gravity is a good example, as well as morality. God loves us and wants to protect us before we suffer harm by acting in disobedience.
The Ten Commandments
There is not an atheist or agnostic who can refute the universality of the Ten Commandments; God is the author of the Ten Commandments. No human being could have produced an eternal document.
The Ten Commandments cover every thought or deed God’s creation could ever dream or imagine. Man can make laws but they are amended or changed over time. The Ten Commandments are unchallengeable.
The Ten Commandments are universal and indestructible even without the effort of someone to protect them (save God Himself), no satanic power has been able to change or pollute them for over 6,000 years of their existence.
The authority, universality and God, the author of the Ten Commandments has covered every thought, every word, every deed any human being could conceive- only God The Supreme (Creator) could address the limitations of His creation. Choice
What about this? He (God) does not make anyone obey Him.
Here are the rewards, condition and consequences to sin; it is found in Psalms 37:5-9 which reads like this in the NIV Bible.
(5) Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:
(6)He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
(7)Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
(8)Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret-it leads only to evil.
(9) For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
My paraphrase to this says, if you wait on me, I will take care of the problem better than you ever dreamed possible. Awesome, we are always given three choices to any problem. They are:
Wait-Our willingness to wait reveals the value we place on what we are waiting to gain.
Manipulate- we can do the ole, “I’ll do it my way” song; we do this because we think our timing is better than Gods.’
Quit-This is the “faithless” way.
There are three answers to prayer, they are: yes, no -or wait. Loss of your eternal soul is horrible; there is no purpose, no direction, and no future. We are all marred by sin but are never without “choice” as to whether to sin or not sin.