Sin is an act or state of disobedience towards God.

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Is it a problem for a Protestant to practice Yoga?

I know a lot of people who claim to be Christian but practice Yoga. I always thought (and Wikipedia seems to back me up on this) that Yoga was about meditation in Hinduism or Buddhism. Is practicing ...
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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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Since God provided for the forgiveness of sins in the Old Testament, why do we need Jesus?

I thought of this when I was researching this question. Leviticus 4 goes into great detail about the sacrifice that must be made in order for a sin to be forgiven. However, we see here that God ...
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If Jesus was Sinless and had Free Will, how is the rest of creation not a mistake?

If it is possible to create beings like Jesus - or to recreate humans as sinless versions of themselves - Was all of creation a mistake? A mistake that all of History in the Bible attempts to ...
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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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Should a Christian wear clothing of mixed fibers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: To what extent does the Law of Moses still apply? How should a christian evaluate whether a particular action a sin or not? I hear Leviticus 19:19 brought up from time ...
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What was the point of the laws written to the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia?

In Acts 15, a letter was written to the beliving Gentiles. I can understand why they have to abstain from sexual immorality. However, I was wondering What's the point of the law which state that ...
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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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Was Enoch sinless?

I find this wording interesting in Genesis 5:24 (NIV) (my emphasis) Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. To me, this means God took Enoch to heaven. ...
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Is breaking copyright law a sin? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are Christians bound to the laws of their country? Making illegal copies of films, music, books and games Downloading and seeding torrents Using someone else's ...
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What is “sin that leads to death” in 1 John 5:16?

1 John 5:16 (NIV) If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There ...
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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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Do Christian denominations vary in interpreting what is sinful or not?

I've noticed in some answers and comments the sentiment that whether an act is sinful or not is always cut-and-dried. Does this mean that in all the ways the various denominations of Christianity ...
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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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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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What would be the implications of a selfless act that saved others but resulted in damnation for the doer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to sin while intending to do good? There are selfless acts where we are harmed by our actions to help others. The ultimate kind of harm for a Christian ...
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Should we refrain from sin to avoid damnation or to be good?

An answer on my question regarding the comparative magnitude of sins suggested that we should not sin so as to avoid damnation, I believe the contributor may amend that answer but it is something we ...
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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 ...
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Are there evil acts which are not sins?

The answers to the question on the essence of sin seem to form a consensus that sins are acts of disobedience against things God specifically told us not to do. Since sin is defined as disobedience ...
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Are sins sinful because they are inherently acts of badness or because they are acts of disobedience against god? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the essence of sin? Reading the question about why eating an apple is a sin and some of its answers and comments made me think. If eating the fruit of the tree ...
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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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Is there a Biblical ban on gambling? [closed]

Most churches and many Christians I know are strongly against gambling, but I can't recall any passage in the Bible that declares that we shouldn't gamble. Does such a passage exist? To clarify I'm ...
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Is it right for a church to be wealthy?

Jesus preached that the faithful should give up their wealth and worldly possessions and spend a humble existence in servitude of God. A church must have a certain amount of wealth in order to ...
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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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What hope is there for a person when he has to ask forgiveness everyday for sins he will do during that day? [closed]

A lot of people ask forgiveness for all the sins they will do during the day in thought, word and deed. What hope is there in it? Will our lives never become better? Is it meant to be that we sin ...
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What is the basis for saying rock music is sinful?

It has been suggested to me that some Christians believe that rock music is inherently immoral, and as a result they believe that Christians would do well to avoid the entire genre. For example, ...
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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 Adam considered the original sinner?

In the Biblical account, Eve is the first to eat the forbidden fruit. Yet still the blame gets put on Adam and later on in the Bible it states that sin entered the world through one man. Why is Adam ...
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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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What is the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation

Is forgiveness and reconciliation the same thing? What needs to happen for forgiveness to occur? What needs to happen for reconciliation to take place?
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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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Why are certain non-harmful behaviors considered sins?

I would like to hear your response on this. In general, there exist a set of behaviors that Christians consider sinful, though these behaviors may not be observed to harm anybody (even the person ...
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Does God forgive those who take his name in vain? [closed]

Christianity teaches the forgiveness of sins by God, but Exodus 20:7, one of the Ten Commandments, says: "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him ...
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Why do some Christians think it's not a sin to charge interest?

This article presents the view that Christians should not charge interest on loans. As evidence, it cites Nehemiah 5:9-10: 9 Also I said, It is not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk in the ...
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Are natural disasters the result of evil being allowed into our world?

I remember reading somewhere that the reason there are natural disasters on this earth is because of the evil which was allowed into it when Adam and Eve sinned. I have not been able to find this ...
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Is “hate the sin, love the sinner” a Christian idea?

The expression "hate the sin, love the sinner" gets thrown about in both Christian and non-Christian circles, but it does not seem to a bible verse. Is it a biblical concept or just a popular cliche? ...
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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 smoking sinful? [closed]

I know among some Christian groups (e.g. Laestadians) almost everyone smokes, while some other groups are very strict about it. However, the Bible doesn't have cigarettes. Is smoking sinful?
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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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What was the purpose to animal sacrifices?

I've never completely understood the purpose as to why God required that the Israelite's should kill an animal in order for God to forgive them.
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How ambitious should a Christian be? [closed]

According to Luke 16:13 (ESV): No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God ...
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How can one overcome lustful desires? [closed]

Eighty Three percent of college students and fifty five percent of pastors are said to be addicted to pornography. (link) Even the most Godly men, like David (OT) has been trapped by these desires. ...
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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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What does the Bible say about sex before marriage / premarital sex? [closed]

The title pretty much asks the question, but let's set the stage like this: Two people meet in High School, have sex, then eventually get married. What does the bible say about sex prior to ...
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Do not Judge others, or do we Judge others? [closed]

I hear so much about "Do not judge others, lest you be judged." I know that there's more scripture out there that gives us a better insight into our responsibilities. Can you please answer this ...
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Under what conditions does the Bible support divorce?

It seems that Jesus talks out against divorce. But in other places, divorce is allowed. How does this all play out and where does the bible really stand on this? Is it a sin or is it just part of ...
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When are children held accountable for ther sins? [closed]

There's an interesting topic regarding the salvation of unborn babies that inspired this question. I believe that babies that die previous to birth go to heaven. I also believe that young children ...
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How to answer “Why do evil and suffering exist?”

I believe that evil exists because God gave us free will. Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Because of this The Fall of man happened and drew us away from God. Suffering exists not only because God can ...
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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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Sex outside of marriage is a sin. But what about “less than sex”? [closed]

Inspired by Is masturbation a sin? This is a tough subject that I've grappled with my whole life. It's clear in God's word that sex outside of marriage (adultery) is a sin. But, what is acceptable ...