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“Different Levels of Punishment”

I have often confessed that as a believer, I am still learning. As I was reading this morning, I was reminded of something I am still trying to come to grips with.
See if you see something that makes you pause as you reflect on what you believe.
Please read the following verses. John 19:4-16

4 Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” 5 When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” 6 As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.” 7 The Jews insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die because he claimed to be the Son of God.” 8 When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, 9 and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”
11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”
12 From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jews kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.” 13 When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). 14 It was the day of Preparation of Passover Week, about the sixth hour.”Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews. 15 But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!””Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked.”We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered. 16 Finally, Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus.

If you figured out what it is that may be odd to me, perhaps you too, you get an A+. So what is the truth I am struggling to grasp written in what you just read,
11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”
That is the verse. What I am referring to is in the second sentence. The phrase is guilty of a greater sin.
I can’t tell you how many times I have told anyone who would lister, that sin is sin. One sin is the same as any other. This is not what scripture says. I could go on and write a paper on this, but I will not.
Instead, I will show you another scripture passage that points out the fallacy of my thinking.

Luke 10:13-15

13 “Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths.
So now, what do I do? I have found scripture saying something I didn’t teach.
I could say scripture has it wrong, God forbid.
I have found a truth that eluded me and I will teach that truth.
I pray that you too will follow this example. Don’t try to make the Bible say what you want it to say. Change your behavior so it is in line with Biblical teaching.

Be Blest, Be a Blessing.

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