Did Christ have to die more for me?

“Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”

Hebrews 9:27-28

Did Christ have to die for certain people and certain sins more than others? For instance, did Christ suffer as much for Mother Teresa as He did for Hitler? If Hebrews 9:11-28 tells us that Christ died once for the sins of all people everywhere, why would one ask such a question?

A single adult was talking about how he struggled with same-sex attraction, even though he knows it is wrong and it is not God’s will for his life. He has trusted Christ as his savior and desires to live according to His Word. However, the way that others talk about his struggle with same-sex attraction makes him feel as though Christ had to die more for his sin than for the sins of others – that somehow, same-sex attraction is a weightier sin, requiring more blood from Christ to cover.

Some may read our site and wonder why we address those who struggle with same-sex attraction. The reason is that single adults who struggle with this need to know God loves them and Christ’s atonement for all mankind on the cross is for everyone. Notice we always say “struggle” when talking about same-sex attraction and all sins. The battle with sin should be just that, a battle. We are fighting a war on the sins of the flesh, in order to become more like Christ every second of our lives.

This idea of warring against sin is addressed by another single adult, the Apostle Paul, in Romans 7 & 8. In the Message paraphrase, he describes what the end of this struggle will look like for someone who is in Christ. “The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.”

If you struggle against same-sex attraction, Christ did not have to die more for you. His gift of salvation and payment for our sins is equal for all who accept Him.

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