Hierarchy of Sin?
Sometimes I feel that culturally (if not religiously) we Mormons have our own hierarchy of sins. But I have to question whether or not that hierarchy is really right. For example, is smoking worse than lying? Both of them are temple interview questions (Are you honest in your dealings with your fellow men? Do you obey the Word of Wisdom?) But it seems like so much more weight is put on smoking than lying. Maybe it’s because smoking is a quantifiable sin that it is sometimes perceived as a worse offense. Or maybe because it is a “newer” commandment and particular to the LDS religion. Whatever the reason, it is something that as a culture and religion we should really re-evaluate. Theoretically, I would much rather be friends with an honest, kind smoker than a rude, conniving non-smoker. But realistically would the former really feel welcome at church? Or in any LDS social circles?
What is the real source of this hierarchy? Is it just the effect of our cultural upbringing? Is there scriptural backing for it?