It sure seems like some sins aren’t very serious; at the most being on the level of minor crimes, misdemeanors. But that isn’t how the Bible portrays them. Sin, all sin, is extremely serious because of the person whom we are sinning against.
For example, if I took a swing at my friend, there would be consequences but we wouldn’t even make the news. Taking that same swing at a police officer, however, might get me into the papers – and into jail. Same swing – different consequences -because of whom I swung at. Take it a step further. Say I took that same swing at the President of theUnited States. That would get me national attention – and serious jail time. Same swing – different consequences – because of whom I swung at.
Sin is serious because we are sinning against God. For example, after committing adultery, David cried out to the Lord: “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned.” (Psalm 51:4) All sin is against God because all sin breaks God’s law. That means all sin is serious. That’s why James wrote, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10) Sin, all sin, is serious. There are no misdemeanors when it comes to sin. In fact, sin is more than a felony – sin, all sin, is a capital crime. “The wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23) It’s not just the blatant sinners who have a big problem.
The only solution to that problem is Jesus. How wonderful it is that this verse continues: “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Eternal life is more than immortality. Eternal life is living eternally with Heavenly Father. (The LDS Bible’s Topical Guide recognizes this by referencing exaltation and eternal family under the heading, eternal life.) Jesus died for our capital crimes. He paid the penalty for all our sins. His blood washes away all sin. So much so that God gives eternal life as his gift to us – with no strings attached. To Jesus be all praise!