In Matthew  5:21-28, Jesus equates committing adultery with having lust in your heart  and committing murder with having hatred in your heart. However, this does not  mean the sins are equal. What Jesus was trying to get across to the Pharisees is  that sin is still sin even if you only want to do the act, without actually  carrying it out. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day taught that it was okay to  think about anything you wanted to, as long as you did not act on those desires.  Jesus is forcing them to realize that God judges a person’s thoughts as well as  his actions. Jesus proclaimed that our actions are the result of what is in our  hearts (Matthew  12:34).

So, although Jesus said that lust and adultery are both  sins, that does not mean they are equal. It is much worse to actually murder a  person than it is to simply hate a person, even though they are both sins in  God’s sight. There are degrees to sin. Some sins are worse than others. At the  same time, in regard to both eternal consequences and salvation, all sins are  the same. Every sin will lead to eternal condemnation (Romans 6:23). All sin, no matter how “small,” is against  an infinite and eternal God, and is therefore worthy of an infinite and eternal  penalty. Further, there is no sin too “big” that God cannot forgive it. Jesus  died to pay the penalty for sin (1 John 2:2).  Jesus died for all of our sins (2  Corinthians 5:21). Are all sins equal to God? Yes and no. In severity? No.  In penalty? Yes. In forgivability? Yes.

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