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Old 01-08-2007, 02:14 PM
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This should be interesting...

It is apparent that many feel that there are some sins worse than others. It would seem to be a given that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is in a class by itself, as it is specifically talked about that sin "will not be forgiven." (although a lot of specifics on that sin would also make an interesting discussion)

It would seem by some of the threads I've seen today, the "worst" sins in the eyes of many here are:

1. Murder (tie)
2. Suicide (tie)
3. Homosexuality

Are there more you put in your "top ten?" Why are these sins worse in God's eyes than others? And if you believe that, how do you justify it?

Full disclosure: I have a problem with "ranking" sins...because I don't think God does it. But apparently some don't feel the same. I'd like to hear more.
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Old 01-08-2007, 02:31 PM
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rbell,

I agree with you in that, other than blasphemy, all sins are equal in God's eyes. In man's eyes however, many people do seem to make a "top ten" list.

I believe they do that because of their own sinful ways. For the ones that "rank" sins, they do it, in my opinion, because they know they won't commmit these "top ten" sins.

It's easy for people to say murders and homosexuals are worse then others because they are not going to kill anyone, or have sex with a man. It's easy to justify and rank sins if you're not even close to commiting them.

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Old 01-08-2007, 02:34 PM
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I think that we rank sin based on how we feel, as a society, we are impacted by the action, or how we as individuals deem the conduct.

As far as actually ranking sin in “God’s eyes”, I think He views sin as sin. Rebellion from God is rebellion regardless of the action. Regardless of the sin committed, it separates one from God. Except through Christ, all sin, no matter how minor we feel it to be, warrents death.
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Old 01-08-2007, 02:37 PM
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Actually, I should have said that all sin warrants death, and it is only through Christ we receive God’s mercy and forgiveness. Sin in the believer’s live deserves the same wrath as sin in the unbelievers life, it is only through Grace we recieve salvation.
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I think we also rank sins because we see there are different earthly consequences for different sins. Some results are permanent, they cannot be "undone"....like murder. Other sins we can rectify.......if you steal, you can pay it back. In the laws God gave in Leviticus He gives more severe punishments for some sins than for others. This would seem to indicate that God has a sort of ranking system when it comes to punishments. After all, not every consequence was death.

However, the ultimate consequence for any sin is spiritual death. We all deserve Hell whether we think our sins are minor or not.
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Great input so far...

...still waiting to hear from those who rank sins.

And in my opinion, when one says, "It is impossible for a Christian to commit _________________ (not including the Blasphemy of Holy Spirit in this blank) and be a Christian."

I'm also not referring to a lifestyle of continuous rebellion with no fruits of one's walk with God evident. I'm talking about a sin act.

Anyone gonna "rank" them?
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Originally Posted by rbell
This should be interesting...

It is apparent that many feel that there are some sins worse than others. It would seem to be a given that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is in a class by itself, as it is specifically talked about that sin "will not be forgiven." (although a lot of specifics on that sin would also make an interesting discussion)

It would seem by some of the threads I've seen today, the "worst" sins in the eyes of many here are:

1. Murder (tie)
2. Suicide (tie)
3. Homosexuality

Are there more you put in your "top ten?" Why are these sins worse in God's eyes than others? And if you believe that, how do you justify it?

Full disclosure: I have a problem with "ranking" sins...because I don't think God does it. But apparently some don't feel the same. I'd like to hear more.
I don't have a ranking laid out, but scripture is pretty clear that God does.
"Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." - Matthew 5:19

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation." - Matthew 23:14

"Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin." - John 19:11
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Before the suicide thread was closed at 30 pages, this ranking of sins is exactly where my next post was going. The only sin that is in its own class is blasphemy. All others are of equal rank.
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Old 01-08-2007, 02:56 PM
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I suppose the nation’s laws also either reflect or are influenced by the “ranking of sin” by the population. For example, while adultery is defiantly considered a sin (my assumption), it is not considered as serious an offence as in the 1800’s.

I think that the punishments prescribed by God in the Old Testament were to preserve the nation of Israel. Justice in a society needs to be based on a common set of principles, and offenses are considered based on the impact to that society.

While certainly theft and murder are both sins, people are not punished by men for those sins. They are punished for those crimes.
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The only sin that is in its own class is blasphemy. All others are of equal rank.
I agree, and this is the point that should be stressed to people.
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