Bible Question:

Which is worse - doing wrong because you are deceived or doing wrong knowing you are doing wrong? I'm referring to 1 Timothy 2:13

Bible Answer:

The passage that you referred to is as follows:

For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. 1 Tim 2:13-14 (NAS95S)

The answer to your question is that both are sin. But if one must try to cut a hair down the middle, doing wrong without knowing it is better. At least it is not an intentional sin. The passage says that Adam knowingly sinned. He knew that he was disobeying God. Eve did not stop to think about it. Later she realized that she had sinned (Gen. 3:1-21).


Sin is sin. There is no such thing as little, white, black or gray sins. Intentional and unintentional sins are sin. If you are a Christian, God will eventually make you aware of your intentional sins if you continue committing them. The Holy Spirit will convict you and motivate you to repent (1 John 1:9). If you do not stop, He will discipline you (Heb. 12:4-13) because He seeks your holiness (1 Pet. 1:16). He wants to make you like Jesus Christ.

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