Two Questions from CCI . . .

March 28, 2013

 

By Scott Fowler

I would love to hear your thoughts on the questions below!

“Are all sins equal in the sight of God?”  Put another way, “Is one sin worse than another?” If yes or no, please explain. Then answer this, “Why does the church spend so much of its time talking about abortion, homosexuality, and evolution?”

8 thoughts on “Two Questions from CCI . . .

  1. crazyqueerclassicist

    1) If said God is a just god, then I do not see how all sins could be equal. Pigging out on candy and murdering someone are both sins, according to average Christian dogma, but it makes no sense that there’d be the same punishment for each. God would probably judge based on a combination of intent, sanity, and harm.
    2) Churches spends so much time on those three issues of dubious issue-ness because it’s easier than actually doing anything about issues that are vitally important, like helping people.

  2. Louis Block

    Sin is sin! All sin is equal in God’s eyes. The issue is that abortion and homosexuality are treated by many as acceptable. Most people would agree that murder and even lying are sins but want to treat the above sins as good (Isa 5:20 NIV 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).

    Regarding evolution vs. creation, the foundation of Christianity lies in the balance of this debate. If evolution is true, there was no literal Adam and Eve. If Adam and Eve didn’t exist, there was no fall from sin. If there was no fall, there is no need for a Savior.

  3. Lisa Cobb

    While we as people may measure sin in degrees, our God certainly does not. The Bible clearly reveals that God sees sin without degrees. Just read through Romans 1, Romans 1:28 in particular, and you will plainly see that all sin big or small, as we define them, are deserving of death. Thankfully our God is gracious and merciful.
    The Church concentrates on abortion because people are usurping God’s authority over life itself, on homosexuality because people are living through that sin, even within the Church, without repentance and are redefining the basic natural function of men and women, and on evolution because it basically is denying God altogether. It doesn’t mean the other sins are any less damning. Frankly, I think unforgiveness should be a focus of the Church because it jeopardizes our very walk with our Lord and Saviour.

  4. ken murphy

    John 19:11
    Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” Here is an example of Jesus quantifying sin. I believe there are others. Aiso in the Hebrew Law, not all sins are called “abominations”

  5. Rich

    The word “sin” is what catches my attention. It provokes the questions: what is sin, and who get to say? It is natural and reasonable for a person to look around at Nature, the world, and the universe, wonder where it all came from and begin to ponder the idea of “God,” but it is another matter to leap to the idea of “sin.” Where does that idea come from? I think, traditionally, it has come from organized religions and passed down through families. If you are born a Jew, a Catholic, a Protestant or a Muslim, I think you are taught that certain things are “sinful.” So I guess it depends on whether you believe or accept what you were taught. And I think this is where a lot of people struggle. They are not sure if they are obligated to believe what they were taught, especially when they start to hear opposing points of view (I know for me this happened in my 9th grade). I am interested in hearing everyone’s ideas about this. 🙂

  6. Lisa Cobb

    With regard to the concept of sin in general, I don’t believe that religion is necessarily where the concept comes from initially. I believe that God made us with an innate sense of what we should and should not do. Being a mother, it becomes evident very quickly that even little children, as young as 2 or 3, know what is “fair/ right” or “unfair/ wrong”. Really, the question is whether we accept the absolutes or choose to make them subjective.

  7. Rich

    I know that C.S. Lewis makes a similar point in “Mere Christianity”, but I struggle with that notion that everyone has an innate understanding of universal moral standards. I am thinking of the Incas and of aboriginal cannibals and such. I think the conscience is formed (I suggest primarily by religions and families).

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