A Middling Sin

Most assuredly, hypocrisy is a sin in the sense that all immoral acts are sins. A hypocrite professes to have a certain moral standard, but then in practice ignores that moral norm. Only a person who claims to have a moral code can be a hypocrite. An avowedly amoral person, i.e. a person who does not subscribe to a moral code cannot be such.  Some contemporary marriages accept polyamory and are referred to as “open marriages”, but most require a promise of fidelity. Sexual cheaters are hypocrites who profess to a fidelity which in practice is ignored. Whether hypocrisy is a grave sin is another matter. Murder is a grave sin and verbal profanity is a minor sin. The adulterous hypocrite may fall somewhere in between. Many religions consider any sex outside of marriage a sin. Unmarried individuals who subscribe to such religions and are sexually active are also hypocrites.

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