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Which Sin is the Greatest?


The Bible declares all sin is punishable by death (see Rom. 6:23). Yet, in His sovereignty, God chooses to show mercy, giving everyone multiple chances to repent. And while all sin is equal in the Lord's eyes, He is selective when applying consequences. In this way, He perfectly demonstrates wisdom, patience, and judicial restraint.


Humans, on the other hand, tend to judge sin based on the severity of the offense or by how many people were affected. This flawed logic is why we have phrases such as, "a little white lie" and, "yeah, but nobody got hurt."


If you're ever tempted to think sin is a small thing, just remember it cost an innocent Man His life.


Would you rather?

Remember this silly game? You know, the one where you ask a question followed by two equally absurd choices. It goes something like: For the rest of your life, would you rather...sneeze and cough every five minutes (in a covid-crazed world) or have to walk backwards everywhere you go? Or would you rather...forever have a thought bubble above your head or sleep in a free-standing position (no walls or support of any kind)?


Got it? Okay. Now, let's use biblical examples:


Would you rather be the woman caught in adultery (see Jn. 8), or live in a deserted place (with scorpions, spiders, and wild animals) and sleep in a tent for 40 years? Truly, the Lord gave the adulteress a full pardon, but a generation of people died in the wilderness (see Ex.-Deut.). It appears disobedience and complaining against God received far greater consequences than breaking the Seventh Commandment.


Would you rather be a devout, Jewish Rabbi or be publicly crucified (hanging naked in shame)? Truly, Jesus called the most religious in His day "hypocrites" and "sons of hell" (see Matt. 23:14-16). Most of them died knowing the Law but never knowing the Lord; the thief who hung next to Jesus acknowledged his own guilt and was granted eternal life (see Luke 23:40-43). In this case, the rebel found favor with the Lord, but those dutiful scholars were rejected by Him because of their pride.


If I had to choose

On a societal level, I believe the greatest sin tearing America apart is the sin of telling lies. Present generations have even invented new terms for lying: misinformation, disinformation, false narratives...


A lie by any other name is still a lie.


Lies breed hatred (murder), division, corruption, and perversion. Women are aborting their babies because scientists and political activists lied to them. People are living with an irrational level of caution because mainstream media and public health officials lied about covid-19. Some white people believe black people are still struggling under Jim Crow era oppression because they've been brainwashed by liars. Children are confused about sexual identity because degenerate fools are lying about the number of genders that exist in nature (for the record there are only two).


The greatest sin

There is one sin Jesus declared unforgivable and one sin that will keep people out of the presence of God for eternity:

Unforgivable

When some Pharisees accused Jesus of being possessed and performing an exorcism by the power of demons, Jesus replied, "I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven - except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never be forgiven...anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, either in this world or in the world to come" (Matt. 12:31-32).


For those who understand spiritual things, we know better than to mock or "play with" the power of God. For those who do not understand spiritual things, the best course of action - unless they are seeking truth - is to keep their mouth shut.

Irreconcilable

External sins (i.e. drunkenness, fornication, murder) exist due to having an internal sinful nature (see. Rom. 7:14-25). We aren't sinners because we sin, rather we sin because we are sinners (I had to process that the first time I heard it!). Sins (plural) are bad deeds, or the doing of wrong things. Sin (singular) is the fallen nature of being that separates us from God. Sins are only forgiven and sin is only reconciled through faith in Jesus Christ (see Jn. 14:6).


John 3:18 says, "There is no judgment against anyone who believes in [Christ]. But anyone who does not believe in Him has already been judged for not believing in God's one and only Son."


 

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