Drinking Deeply

Thursday, March 02, 2006 at 3:26 PM

"Greater sin"?

John 19:11
Jesus answered him, "You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin."
Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death...
For a long time I had always wondered what it meant that some sins were "greater" or "lesser" than another. I thought, "If the wages of every single sin is eternal damnation (James 2:10), then why would some be greater or less than others?"

Then in a car ride on the way up to (or from) Resolved, a friend mentioned that it was just because some sins will have a greater immediate impact upon our relationship with those around us, like if you betray a friend, you're going to feel some of the effects of that sin in this life, but if you think prideful thoughts, it might not have an exterior impact upon your relationships with others.

I think that makes sense.

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Blogger Joanna Martens said...

Also,
I believe there are levels of punishment in hell (Matt 11:21-22, Luke 10:11-13), worse sins receiver a greater eternal judgement.  

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Blogger Nathan said...

I once heard Andy Stanley (pre-Northpoint) share a sermon called "Truth and Consequences." His point is that we need to strive for balance between the two. Some evangelicals focus too much on the "Truth" side of the argument (metaphorically). In their practice, they answer "yes" to the question, "What shall we say then, continue in sin that grace may abound?"

Others focus too much on the "Consequences" of sin; but we need to be aware that there are consequences.

If I murder someone or think hateful thoughts, I am guilty of the same (truth); however the consequences of the former are much more severe. This aligns with what your friend was saying.

In our balance, we need to avoid getting so caught up in the consequences of sin that we forget we are forgiven. Likewise, we need not consider any sin of no consequence and flippantly bypass repentance.  

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Blogger no_average_girl said...

it sounds reasonable to me :-)  

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