Timeless truths about the law. The Bible is often misquoted. Nowhere does the Bible say that all sins are the same. It does say that if you stumble in “one point” you “become guilty of all.” That means that it takes only one violation of the law for you to become disqualified from heaven.
Clearly the Bible is practical. How do you love your neighbor as yourself? You avoid showing partiality! Favoritism in the spirit is a flagrant violation of the second greatest commandment.
Now, the issue is not that there are varying degrees of sin! That is a matter the Bible is very clear about. Certainly there are some sins that are worse than others. All would agree with that or they would have to deny the sin of “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.” Jesus said it was the only unpardonable sin. So, one cannot categorically say that all sins are the same. In the Old Testament, there were some sins for which people were stoned to death. That was a different time (dispensation) than we are in today. But the point I am making is that God demanded stoning for some sins, not all sins.
Jesus dealt with the sin of the churches in Revelation with varying degrees of consequences. It is logical to conclude that we will be dealt with according to our works. That does not mean that you can earn your way into heaven. NO! You are saved by grace. But it does mean that when you get to heaven there will be rewards. Read 1 Corinthians 3:11-15. There will be rewards in heaven. So, are there varying degrees of rewards? Certainly!
Here is the bottom line: It only takes one sin to disqualify a person from heaven. We are all saved by the grace of God because we are all guilty and cannot earn our way into heaven. When we are saved, we can sin and we will suffer for our sin. There are many practical ways that you can fulfill the commandment to love your neighbor. One of to avoid favoritism.
“If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.” James 2:8-10 NASB