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Weight Of Sins

In the Bible, the word sin has been mentioned with a  Hebrew word “chet” which means “to miss the mark” or “to fall short” of God’s standard of righteousness. So, we can say if any one indulges or is involved in any act that deviates him/her from God’s standard of righteousness or God’s mark, the Bible calls it as a sin.

The concept of conscience is mentioned several times in the Holy Bible in relation to sin and moral responsibility. Romans 2:14-15 states, “For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them.”

This passage suggests that the conscience serves as an inner moral compass that helps individuals distinguish right from wrong and holds them accountable for their actions. The Bible also teaches that a person’s conscience can become “seared” or calloused if they ignore it repeatedly and engage in sinful behavior, which can make it harder for them to distinguish right from wrong.  In other simple words, whatever we do against our consciousness can be accounted as a sin.

The Bible does not assign specific weights to different sins. It teaches that every sin separates us from God and that the penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23). However, it also teaches that through faith in Jesus Christ, we can be forgiven of our sins and have eternal life (John 3:16). The Bible does warn against certain sins that it considers to be particularly harmful, such as idolatry, sexual immorality, and greed. Overall, the Bible teaches that every sin is serious and that we all fall short of God’s standard of righteousness (Romans 3:23).

There is no weight difference for sin as some small or some big sin. Every sin separates us from God and the wages of the sin is death. If your consciousness is judging you as a sinner, realize the sin, turn back to God, seek forgiveness from the heavenly father and mind not to repeat the sin again.

At the same time, take note of an “eternal sin” (blasphemies against Holy Spirit) which is unforgivable before God.

Matthew 12:30-32: “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Therefore I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.”

Mark 3:28–30: “Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin—for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.””

Luke 12:8–10: “And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God; but whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.”

Hebrews 6:4–6: “For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have once been enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, since on their own they are crucifying again the Son of God and are holding him up to contempt.”

Hebrews 10:26–31: “For if we willfully persist in sin after having received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has violated the law of Moses dies without mercy “on the testimony of two or three witnesses.” How much worse punishment do you think will be deserved by those who have spurned the Son of God, profaned the blood of the covenant by which they were sanctified, and outraged the Spirit of grace? For we know the one who said, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

1 John 5:16: “If any man sees his brother a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.”

Scripture gives the same weightage for every SIN… there is no SMALL SIN or BIG SIN… Every sinful act is from evil and it sets man apart from God and  leads to eternal death.

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