Sin is an act or state of disobedience towards God.

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Is confessing to a priest the only way to be forgiven? [closed]

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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What is the essence of sin?

There are bound to be lots of questions like "Is X or Y a sin?". However, what is sin at its root and where in the Bible do we get our understanding of it?
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Would it have been possible for Jesus to sin? [closed]

I think most, if not all of us, agree that Jesus did not sin. However, the devil tempted Jesus, at least in the wilderness, prior to Jesus' public ministry (Matthew 4:1-11). Does this mean it would ...
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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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Do we have no control over our flesh?

This is from a Facebook fan page titled "Jesus Christ": We all struggle with sin, and at times it's so bad that we think" God has to hate me,I will never get into heaven, I am so awful!" Well ...
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What is the purpose of calling out individual sins if God's mercy nullifies them? [duplicate]

If everyone is of sin, and if only God can forgive sin -- why call out each sin individuality? This is not a Christian doctrine I ascribe to, but I'm asking because a lot of other Christians do ...
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If the wages of sin is death, why then Jesus died? Does it imply Jesus sinned?

It is just confusing that the teachings of the Catholic church teach us that through sins (original sin committed by Adam and Eve) there comes death. Jesus died. Does it mean He had sinned?
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What is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?

In Matthew 12:31-32, Jesus says: Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word ...
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Where in the Bible does it say we have a sin nature?

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Notice the verse says death is passed on and not that ...
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How could God be around Satan?

One of the explanations when I was first coming to understand why Jesus' sacrifice was necessary was something along the lines of: Sin separates us from God. God can not be around sinners, so with ...
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Why can't there be another fall?

Some disagree on whether a Christian in this life may fall utterly and lose or forfeit eternal life. However, most Christians do agree that after death, the Christian is eternally secure in heaven ...
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Do any Christian traditions think that evil desires are not sin?

There are several related questions already about this topic on C.SE, such as "What does it mean that Jesus was tempted in every way like us (yet without sin)?" and "What is temptation?". My question ...
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Is it ever right to sin in order to potentially prevent others from committing far more damaging sins? [duplicate]

I am interested in the Christian and biblical view about when it is right to do something wrong in order to prevent something worse from happening. This question is mainly inspired by a documentary ...
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How should a Christian evaluate whether a particular action a sin or not?

Since they are directly addressed in the Ten Commandments, most people agree that committing adultery or murder is sin; yet this world is a complicated place full of things that are not so clearly ...
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Is there a biblical ban on running a casino?

This is a spin on the question Is there a Biblical Ban on Gambling? Is opening a casino considered a "shady business" a Christian should not be involved in? (Yes, let's assume it's perfectly legal.) ...
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During Lutheran Confession, can the confessor refuse to absolve the sins of the penitent?

During Lutheran Confession, can the confessor refuse to absolve the sins of the penitent, if he or she thinks that the penitent is not being sincere? What if the penitent is sincere but cannot resist ...
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Jesus's atonement equivalent to sinners' punishments

When Jesus went to the cross, he experienced the ordeal of his arrest agony for three or so days The loss of the rest of his natural life When a sinner sins (without accepting Jesus), he ...
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Where does God draw the line when it comes to Sin? [closed]

So I've read 1 John alot and I understand that I cannot continue to sin if I want to be a child of God's. 1 John 1:6 (NIV) 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the ...
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What are the major views on Adam's motivation to sin given that he was not deceived? [closed]

I'm interested in finding out what the major views are on Adam's motivation to sin if he was not deceived? The biblical understanding of Abraham being willing to sacrifice his son was that he ...
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In Protestant faith is one's old self dying on the cross with Jesus symbolic, or the actual assumption of a new Eternal life?

Many years ago,(I won't say just how many) I accepted Jesus as my savior in a small Baptist church. Up until that time I had never felt any guilt over sinning. Since that day though I have a guilt ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that separation from God is in itself sin?

The normal understanding in Christianity is that sin brings separation from God. However is there biblical basis for holding to the belief that separation from God is in itself sin rather than a ...
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Is enjoying an apocryphal book a sin? [closed]

I've been reading some apocryphal books, like gnostic books, and was enjoying them as they seem so unusual and otherworldly to me. I'm not a devoted Christian but, if I'd been a devoted Christian ...
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Per Ecclesiastes 7:16, Does the Bible want me to sin?

From Ecclesiastes 7:16, Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise— why destroy yourself? So, why does the Bible say, "don't be too righteous"? Encouraging one to be moderate in ...
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What is meant by “love covers over a multitude of sins”?

And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” -- 1 Pet 4:8 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins. -- Prov 10:12 What does ...
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What is the greatest sin? [closed]

I understand that there is one sin that cannot be forgiven and that is to blaspheme the Holy Spirit. But beyond this, what is the greatest sin that a person can commit? Either voluntarily or ...
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Why is smoking a sin? [duplicate]

Many Christians are saying that smoking is sin. However, there are no cigarettes in the Bible. Personally, I don't smoke because the cigarette cover says "Smoking is injurious to health". Hence, I ...
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Is SIN a sin just because God says it is sin? [duplicate]

What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, ...
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How do decentralized churches/denominations practically deal with “brothers” from another denomination in light of Matthew 18:17

"If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every ...
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If the Holy Spirit is God, and God can not be in the presence of sin, then how can the Holy Spirit dwell in me a sinner?

If we believe in the Trinity, in essense that the Holy Spirit is God, and we believe that God can not be in the presence of sin, then how can the Holy Spirit dwell within me a sinner?
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Is Mary's virginity evidence that sex is always sinful?

It seems that sex is always a sin, as evidenced by the fact that Jesus had to be born of a virgin and not by traditional conception in order to be sinless. Is this true? Any viewpoint is welcome.
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Are sins forgiven without a payment in Matthew 9:1-7?

Matthew 9:1-7 involves Jesus forgiving someone's sins. Is this forgiveness granted in light of Jesus' future sacrifice of himself on the cross? If not, how is this person forgiven of their sins since, ...
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How 21st century Church should react and/or handle homosexuality topic(s) such as the social justice and equality rights? [closed]

I only present there are two groups and I leave them alone even if that means... I get from Christians who thinks Gay is Not Sin being disappointed for not dismissing the traditional view of ...
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Why did God make it a sin to eat an apple?

Eating a fruit* is not even a real wicked deed like killing somebody or something. Why did this whole sin thing get started with something so innocuous that by today's standard it wouldn't even be ...
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Cain vs Adam / Eve [closed]

Background Traditionally, in Sunday school one gets taught things like: Cain = evil. Cain murdered Abel his brother. Typically, in such environments, one also stresses the importance of obeying ...
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Is God setting us up for failure? [duplicate]

In the age old tale of Adam and Eve God place Adam and Eve in the garden with all the trees and the one they can eat off of. But God is omnipotent and omniscient so wouldn't he have known before hand ...
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Is illness sometimes a result of a sin? [closed]

There are children born ill, blind or have heart or mental issues etc. But can an illness be a result of a sin: If a child is born ill, is it possible because of the parents' sins ? If someone ...
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What is the biblical basis against the use or overuse of tobacco and other types of drugs?

A common position among many Christians in America is that the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other types of drugs (marijuana, etc.) is immoral and sinful. Paul seems to indicate that, in the context ...
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Does Romans 7:20 contradict Genesis 4:7?

In contrast with Romans 7:20: But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. Genesis 4:7: states 7“If you do well, will not ...
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Are parents responsible/accountable for the sins of their children?

Reading 1 Samuel 2:12 et seq, one could say that Eli is treated the same way as his wicked sons, although he tried to dissuade them from doing their sins. Generally speaking, are parents today ...
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Repentence in our everyday sins?

Repentence is not an 'easy way out' like a get-out-of-jail-free card. And doing bad things and planning to repent afterwards doesn't work, because that means you thought the things you were doing ...
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The Cost of Salvation [closed]

My question is, did Jesus have to die for our sins? If no, then how would we have obtained salvation. If yes, if Jesus did in fact have to die for our sins, I do not understand this. Why would God ...
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What is the biblical support for the original sin being an infinite sin?

I have heard a few times recently things like "an infinite sin debt requires an infinite Savior". What is the biblical basis for coming to the conclusion that Adam's sin was infinite?
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The Unforgivable Sin [duplicate]

I have a question that I need answered, I am fearfully worried for my salvation!. Some time ago I went through some spiritual problems - One such thing is that I started reading about the ...
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When God said to man that if he sinned he would die, was he speaking of death of the human body or death of the Soul, or the Spirit? [duplicate]

When God warned Adam about eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil he said that in the day that he ate there of he would surely die. Genesis 2:17 KJV But of the tree of the ...
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Does God Abet Sinful Behaviour if it Brings About His Justice?

I'm having difficulty dealing with prophetic parts of the Old Testament that discuss God's wrath. I understand that the wages of sin is death and before the new covenant in Jesus, God punished people ...
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Would Jesus ask someone to do something that was impossible? [closed]

God is Just. Jesus is Just. Jesus would NEVER ask or tell anyone to do something that was impossible. So instead of assuming from the get go that it is impossible to stop sinning, why not study ...
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Does playing Video games affect our relationship to God? [closed]

I am asking this question because the question about video games being sin was placed on hold, but I feel so compelled to answer it that I have decided to ask and answer my own question.
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What is the practical application of the story of the woman caught in adultery? [closed]

John 8:2-11 tells us the story of the woman caught in adultery: 2At dawn [Jesus] appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3The ...
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Is incest a sin? [closed]

If we all descended from one man and one woman then it's quite apparent that a third generation was not possible without the sexual union of close relatives. Does the Bible (or other Christian ...
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Can one sin be worse than another sin, or are all sins equal?

Since all evil acts come down to disobedience against god, are all evil acts equivalent? Is no sin worse than any other sin? If one sin is worse than another sin does that imply that one act can be ...