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What sin is the worst?

God hates sin. Sin goes against Gods will for us. Sin separates us from God. Sin condemns us to hell. When discussing the reality of sin we may wonder what sin is the worst? The answer, in short, is that all sin Compared to the holiness and perfection of God is equal and will be punished. 

The Bible does not make light of the sin problem. Sin is something that is within us all, affects us all and will ultimately destroy us all. Isaiah 13:11 warns us that our sin will justly be punished saying "I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless."   We are all sinners, there is no doubt about that. Whether it’s jealousy, greed, selfishness, telling white lies or murder. Sin is sin and it must be punished. 

No matter what sin we commit it separates us from God because God is so holy. Isaiah explains the reality of the sin problem in Isaiah 59:2 "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you so that he will not hear." God hates sin because it’s the complete opposite of his perfect holiness and therefore it is only right for all sin will be punished. 


You may be wondering about the unforgivable sin that is mentioned in Mark 3.29 "But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin." Some people ask having read this 'is blasphemy then the worst sin?' It’s important to note that this verse demands a clear and contextual interpretation. The blasphemy mentioned is not the same thing as “grieving” the Holy Spirit by for example taking the Lord's name in vain. Likewise this verse is not saying that a person who rejects Jesus Christ at some point in their life can’t become a forgiven Christian later. What this verse refers to is an active, intentional and ultimate choice to reject the Holy Spirit. The unforgivable sin is explained clearly by John Calvin who said that “with evil intention, resist God’s truth, although by its brightness they are so touched that they cannot claim ignorance.” The sin Jesus mentioned is not something that can be committed such as a one-off action rather is a hardening of ones heart and the decisive final rejection of forgiveness of sins and eternal life in and through the Lord Jesus. In the context of the verse the Pharisees who Jesus addressed were on the cusp of committing the unforgivable sin because their hearts were so hardened despite knowing this was the Messiah and they actively, decisively and intentionally blasphemed by rejecting the Spirit. 

If God was not loving, kind, merciful and gracious then we would be in a big mess. But the reality is that amazingly anyone who is alive on this earth no matter what sin they may have committed there is salvation and forgiveness available. The Good News is bold, clear, important and life-giving.  John 3:16 sums up the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."  Jesus came down to earth, died the death of a criminal and rose again defeating sin and death so that we may be forgiven for all of our sins. Big and small. 

"This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins."

-Matthew 26:28


All sins are forgivable, this is why our Father sacrificed his only son to die for our sins. Although in the eyes of the world different sins are punished according to severity by the law, in Gods eyes all sin is equal all sin will be punished but amazingly if we accept Jesus all sin can be forgiven. Click here if you would like to find out how to become a Christian today!

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