There are quite a few phrases out there that we tend to quote, thinking they are divinely inspired, when in fact, they are not.
We’ve all been guilty of misusing certain Bible verses, or giving some well-intentioned, yet ultimately unhelpful advice such as, “everything happens for a reason,” or, “God works in mysterious ways.” While these things may have a quality of truth about them, they often do more damage than good when we quote them as scripture. Actually, there are quite a few phrases out there that we tend to quote, thinking they are divinely inspired, when in fact, they are not.
1. All Sins Are The Same.
Yes and no. All sins separate us from God, true, but I think we can all agree that the earthly consequences of gossiping are entirely different than those of say, adultery or murder. The other danger behind using this phrase, aside from not being entirely accurate, is that it can easily turn into either justification, or crushing guilt. Bottom line, telling yourself or someone else that “all sins are the same” is just not helpful. Call sin for what it is, ask forgiveness, and move on.SKM: below-content placeholder