“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

– Romans 6:23

Many people are confused as to whether some sins are worse than others were whether all sin is the same.

Romans 6:23 states: “For the wages of sin is death” which means all sin is equal and that sin leads to death.

The eternal unpardonable sin

However, Jesus also spoke of sin in a way that clearly seems to indicate that some sins are worse than others – eternal and unpardonable.

Jesus said…

“Truly I tell you, the sons of men will be forgiven all sins and blasphemies, as many as they utter. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of eternal sin.”

– Mark 3:28-29

A “great” sin

When the Israelites bound to the golden calf at Mount Sinai, Moses told them they had committed a “great” sin

“On the next day Moses said to the people, “You yourselves have committed a great sin; and now I am going up to the LORD, perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.” 31Then Moses returned to the LORD, and said, “Alas, this people has committed a great sin, and they have made a god of gold for themselves.”

– Exodus 32:30-31

Lesser sins

Jesus indicated that some sins would garner more punishment than others.

Jesus said…

That servant who knows his master’s will but does not get ready or follow his instructions will be beaten with many blows. But the one who unknowingly does things worthy of punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and from him who has been entrusted with much, even more will be demanded.

– Luke 12:47-48

Jesus also spoke of the sin of causing others to sin or leading them away from Christ.

“If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”

– Matthew 18:6

Other translations of the beginning of this verse are “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones…”

This means any actions to cause or teach another to sin, to make light of piety, to lighten gross offenses, to cause to fall away from faith or morals.

Fewer excuses

Jesus words in Luke 12:47-48 also indicates that some of us have more responsibility than others when it comes to sin, based upon our learning and knowledge, in other words – the excuse of ignorance versus lack of ignorance.