I have thought about this many times, but it looks like I haven’t written it down before.
There seems to be a teaching by some that “all sin is the same”; that there are no “major” and “minor” sins – that they are all sins against a holy God.
This teaching is wrong (or at least distorted).
It is true that all sin is against God, and I would even say that, based on Rom 14 (whatsoever is not of faith is sin), that there are more things that are sin that we generally realize.
That does not mean that all sins are the same. Lying to someone is not as bad as murdering someone… and that’s not just man’s perspective: God is the just God of all the earth: if we can see that someone like Hitler is deserving of more punishment that a man who occasionally uses bad language, then surely God will be just in His judgment of mankind in the day of judgment. In fact, if all sin is the same, why does God keep records of man’s doings? Why even have a judgment of lost mankind?
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
It is clear that different sins are worthy of different judgment.
On the glorious flip side, the man who trusts Jesus Christ to save him is given the righteousness of Jesus Christ; there are NOT levels of heaven, since we are all on the same level of righteousness: His!