In that post, I argued that this phrase is frequently misunderstood and misused. Paradoxically, some use the phrase to bolster the seriousness of sin (by arguing every sin is equally a big deal), while other use the phrase to downplay the seriousness of sin (by arguing that no sins are any worse than others).
In short, I argued that while no sin is small, some sins are smaller (or larger). Put differently, sin is serious enough that one is sufficient to separate you from God, but that does not mean all sins are equally heinous.
After writing that article, and seeing the response that it received, I decided to poke around Twitter to see how common this belief “all sins are equal” really is. I was surprised by what I found.
Of course, what people say on Twitter is not a scientific test of what people generally believe. But, it is illuminating nonetheless. Below are a few examples to give you a feel for how the phrase “all sins are equal” is being used in our world today.
I encourage you to read each one. It is a stunning picture of what our world believes about sin. And here is the thing to realize: what a person believes about sin really does affect their behavior.
All sins are equal. People tend to forget that. There is no bigger or smaller sin. Being gay and lying, very equal.
— C A S M I A N (@fauxamie) November 16, 2016
all sins are equal in God’s eyes. whatever you’re doing, is no better than what someone else is doing.
— presley weatherholt (@presleyerin12) December 1, 2016
If you have sex before marriage please don’t come on social media preaching about the wrongs of homosexuality. All sins are equal
— Reanne (@ReanneGinn) November 26, 2016
Need people to realize that all sins are equal… don’t try to look down on me or question my faith just cuz you sin differently than I do.
— Antonie Marie (@antonieemarie) November 22, 2016
Don’t understand why you’re so quick to judge me, when all sins are equal. So much for family..
— Carlie☯️ (@carlie_bergeron) November 19, 2016
if you think being gay is a sin, let me ask you something, have you not done anything wrong in your life? all sins are equal. we’re sinners
— kay (@kayleyxchai) November 10, 2016
Nope no difference at all. All sins are equal no matter what you’re running for. The bible says do not judge lest ye be judged https://t.co/k3cTgJjEyE
— Juan Pablo Montoya (@2ndrgrbn) November 9, 2016
A huge problem I have with religion is the notion that all sins are equal. Like pre-martial sex and murder are the same amount t of bad.
— jillian. (@jillebean96) November 8, 2016
people do bad things because they believe that all sins are equal and ~god~ loves y’all equally so he’s going to forgive you naman ha ha ha
— ⓒⓒsachi (@pyonstar88) November 8, 2016
It a sin to condemn another sinner and their actions. All sins are equal. So what makes you better than the person you’re condemning?
— JWill (@TRYUHLZ) November 2, 2016
I think so b/c having sex before marriage doesn’t make you less of a women then if you waited until marriage.. all sins are equal soo https://t.co/x4KZroVmtD
— ㅤㅤㅤ (@Bratindyy) October 27, 2016
friendly reminder, all sins are equal in gods eyes so you’re not better than I am in any way. please worry about your own sins before mine.
— victoria moore (@victoriaamoore_) October 12, 2016
People don’t like when I suggest abortion as an option. This is a free country and all sins are equal so mind your business!!!
— YayaRNxo✨ (@Royalcouturexox) October 10, 2016
What I do is no worse than wat you do… all sins are equal no matter what it is🙃💯💯 a sin is a sin
— Meyia ❤️💦 (@__DaSean1) October 5, 2016
to god all sins are equal so you have no right to compare your sins to someone else’s bc in the end it doesn’t matter
— key (@keeleysullivan7) September 23, 2016