Sin is an act or state of disobedience towards God.

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How have major theological traditions handled “continuing to indulge in sin when saved?”

There is interest in the question of what happens to someone who continues to indulge in a specific sinful habit while (apparently, originally) saved. What happens to this person? So far, I've asked ...
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Under what conditions can a “good” or “charitable” act actually be sin?

In spite of a prevalent cultural attitude towards sin that excuses misbehavior if a person had "good intentions", most Christian traditions do not seem to include the persons feelings in the matter ...
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If God is omniscient how can he “Forget our Sins”? [duplicate]

God is all knowing. It says in the bible that God forgets our sins and transgressions. Is this a correct translation? It seems very contradictory.
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If God is omniscient , He would have forseen how He would send the flood and kill everyone [duplicate]

If God is omniscient, he would have known that in the future he would have to kill everyone by sending the flood. He would have known about the ark. So, why start with Cain and Abel if sin would haunt ...
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Is it immoral to allow children to believe in Santa Claus? [closed]

St. Nicholas, who is one of my favorite saints, is well known for his charitable witness to the Gospel. His legendary reputation, along with his feast days, have carried his spiritual presence down ...
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Did the devil reject God in heaven? [closed]

God created the devil, and in heaven Satan went to war with Him, correct? Did Satan reject God?
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Who will go to Heaven according to Bible? [closed]

Has God put anybody already in hell? (Maybe Pharaoh?) If Yes to question 1, why did God put him into hell? What are the biggest sins? Is hell permanent or there is a time limit? Has God awarded ...
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Should we honor our parents even if it leads us to sin?

In What does the Bible say about "bad" words? a comment was made that "I cuss in all the (two) languages I speak fluently. It's just my upbringing, and we should honor our parents, right?" ...
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Is hypocrisy a sin?

People don't like hypocrites, and they get a pretty bad rap in the Bible (especially from Jesus), but is hypocrisy itself a sin? In reformed theology at least, every one is fallen and cannot avoid ...
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Sin and Animal Suffering before the fall?

This question, most likely, has the presumption of theistic evolution or at least 'old-earth' creationism, however answers without that presumption are welcome. Suffering and pain exist in our world ...
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What's the difference between judging God and questioning God?

In my answer to Can man judge whether God is fair?, I gave an example of the prophet Habakkuk questioning God in a judgmental way. God dealt with Habakkuk patiently, answering his questions. On the ...
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What exactly is sin? [duplicate]

I have compiled a list of definitions of "sin". an act of disobedience toward God the separation between God and man the wilful disobedience or imperfect obedience of the Torah* *Source: Saved by ...
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What is the basis for the belief by some groups that a Christian can live a sinless life?

I understand that there are some Christian groups that believe that it is possible for a Christian to live a life entirely free from sin. What is the nature of this belief and what is the basis for ...
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Can God reverse the fall of man specifically on earth?

Life for humans (Adam and Eve) before eating from the tree of knowledge was extremely different - as there was no sin in the physical earth. Before that time, the two were separate, and evil had ...
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First Confession for a Protestant becoming Catholic

So my wife is Catholic and my daughter has been baptized in the Catholic faith and my new born son is soon to be baptized as well. I was baptized myself but I've fallen away from my Baptist roots for ...
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Is it a sin to cause someone else to sin? [closed]

If I sell a man a gun, and he uses it to kill someone, did I sin by selling him the gun? Edit: Let's say that I can speculate what the man is going to do with it as well as I can speculate who they ...
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Is it a sin to get a tattoo? [closed]

It says in Leviticus 19:28 (NIV) 28 “‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD. Does that mean it's a sin to get a tattoo? Where do mainline ...
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How do you know when you are truly saved, and how do you live as a Christian afterwards? [closed]

I'm 18 years old, and I was born in a Christian family (Evangelical), so I've been going to church and believed in Jesus my whole life. However, I am concerned about salvation. According to what I ...
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If God is unable to change, why did he (after the Flood)? [closed]

If God is All-Knowing (as I've heard) and unable to change, then why did he change his mind after the Flood? And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again ...
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Why is Lust a sin in Matthew, but praised in Proverbs?

Jesus says in the gospel of Matthew [paraphrasing] "if you look at a woman and lust for her, you have already sinned in your heart." In proverbs, they say, [again, paraphrasing] "let her [the ...
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Sinned when born? [duplicate]

I am somewhat confused. We are born sinners already? We didn't do anything bad or harmed anyone and are just born, and right away we are sinners? Not trying to sound stupid or anything, and am myself ...
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How have Christians who affirm traditional sin doctrines handled 'pathological' guilt in their preaching?

Contemporary "theological liberals" have often argued that traditional doctrines about guilt and sin and repentance lead to feelings of guilt that can become pathology. This claim shouldn't be too ...
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How to perceive Acts 15:28-29 & Matthew 11:28?

Acts 15:28-29 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, ...
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What was it about the death of Jesus that allows God to forgive us?

I've heard many people state that it was the punishment inflicted by the Romans that allows God to forgive us. This just doesn't make any sense to me. How can a man suffer for a short while here on ...
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Is Smoking Weed a Sin? [closed]

Is Genesis 1:12 telling us it is okay to smoke marijuana? The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed according to their own kinds and trees bearing fruit in which was their seed, ...
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Does the Bible condemn white lies?

Orthodox views on it state that any sort of lie is a sin by itself. More liberal Christians will say that it doesn't really mean that much provided it doesn't hurt anybody. But more importantly than ...
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How have Christians dealt with “I prayed my way to moral behavior”?

I was in discussion with some friends about sin. I believe that passages like "Be Perfect (Mt 5:48)", as well as many of the other tough sayings from Jesus, inform us that the continuing standard is ...
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Is it a sin to allow oneself to become fat in the absence of medical conditions? [closed]

I know a lot of people will find this question strange but I've been wondering .. I know that the Bible says our body is the temple of The Lord, and therefore we should treat it as such. If we ...
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To what extent can you be forgiven? [closed]

Is it really true that no matter what you do, you can still be saved, go to heaven, if you confess and repent? And, what if, due to crappy circumstances, you've become detached, and lost the ability ...
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Is confessing to a priest the only way to be forgiven?

We first confess in our first communion and the priests say that we should always confess our sins, but is it the only way to be forgiven by God ? Can't we pray and ask for forgiveness? I've heard of ...
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According to reformed theology, how does the fall glorify God?

What this question is not about: This question is NOT about: Is God omniscient (all knowing?), omnipotent (all powerful?) and benevolent? Then if God foresaw the first sin, and had the power to stop ...
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What do the verses in Luke 5:20-25 teach us?

They have always puzzled me and I fail to understand what is what. Luke 5:20-23 When Jesus saw their faith he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” Then the experts in the law and the ...
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When, if ever, should Christians condemn sin we see? [closed]

If Christians are to be like Jesus to the world, when should we ignore and/or forgive sin we see and when should we condemn it? God will forgive us infinitely many times, and we are to be like Jesus ...
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Is it a sin to desecrate materials belonging to other religions? [closed]

About three years ago I was part of an excursion organised by my school. While we were traveling in the bus, I noticed a small booklet(the content of which was printed in Urdu) lying underneath the ...
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Did 'evil' exist even before Satan? [duplicate]

"Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings" - Ezekiel 28:17 This ...
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How should a Christian respond to “Does this dress me look fat?”? [closed]

If your wife asks, "Does this dress make me look fat?" And you think it does, but you tell her, "Of course not, honey!" Is that a sin?
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Is every lie a sin? [duplicate]

We all know that lying is a sin in the Catholic's perspective. But sometimes we lie to protect someone. For example, a mother lies about sex to protect their children. Is every lie sinful in Gods ...
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What are the differences between hamartiology from a Nazarene to a Calvinist perspective?

Coming from a Nazarene tradition, influenced by Wesley and the Holiness Movement, my reflections upon sin are based upon the Nazarene manual's definitions (See 5.1,5.3) summarized as 5.1. Original ...
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Are we born sinners? [closed]

We can be quite certain that God didn't originally create us as sinners. Rather Adam and Eve chose sin in the Fall. The doctrine of original sin is widely held in Christian churches, but those ...
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Does proclaiming that all non-believers won't be saved count as passing judgement?

Romans 10:9 (KJV) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. If I interpret Romans ...
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Is Jesus still suffering in heaven for our sins?

That is what sometime I hear some preacher mentioning. Heaven is a place where there is no suffering but all happiness and that is what we are aiming for, by trying to live a good life on earth. ...
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Is illegal downloading a sin? [duplicate]

There are several places where the Bible says that stealing is a sin. Exodus 20,15 (KJV) Thou shalt not steal. But is downloading software content like games, music, or films illegally (i.e. ...
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Why is it so much easier to sin than follow Jesus?

How is it possible, that it is harder to follow Jesus, than to sin? I really want to follow Jesus, and I'm trying to. But every day again I fail again, because short term desires which withdraw me ...
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When did sin and evil in the universe first appear?

According to Catholic, or Protestant (I am not aware of any division over this); 'When did evil in the universe first appear and what was the originating cause of it?' Note: I mean the immediate ...
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What is the opposite of sin?

We have: Good - Evil Love - Hate Virtue - Vice Bless - Curse Righteous - Wicked Obedience - Disobedience _____? - Sin I don't mean sin as a general disposition, or original sin. I mean a deed ...
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What is the basis for the argument that Jesus DID have the ability to give in to temptation?

I understand that some people believe that Jesus actually had the capacity to sin, that is, to give in to the temptations that He suffered. This seems to suggest that God has the power tos in. In a ...
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What is the basis for the argument that Jesus DID NOT have the ability to sin or give in to temptation?

While some people people that Jesus could have given in to the temptations He suffered and sinned, others do not. They believe that Jesus could suffer temptation, but did not have the capacity to ...
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Will we theoretically be able to sin in Heaven?

The Bible tells us that there will be no sin in Heaven . Also, most christians agree that there will be free will in Heaven. So we will be in a sinless state with free will. However, Adam and Eve ...
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Is every sinful behavior a sin?

In particular, is it sin when someone: does something sinful, but he is not aware of the sinfulness does something sinful, someone told him it is sinful, but he still doesn't feel it as sin does ...
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Is the definition of “sin” subjective? Of whom's morals is it based on?

Whenever I try to determine what is a sin and what isn't I get very confused... I read things by Paul and sins seem to become very subjective... _____ is a sin if you make it a sin through belief ...