Sin is an act or state of disobedience towards God.

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What arguments do the Church Fathers make for nocturnal emissions not being a sin?

I've run across claims (although I'm having trouble digging them up again; I might be thinking of the implications in this reddit thread) that Augustine and Cassian were almost the only early ...
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Was Paul ever recorded as having done a good deed? [on hold]

The sting and polemic in Paul's letters is well documented. He fought with the authorities, the Apostles and there is an edge in every letter he wrote, even to those to people he claimed as "friends". ...
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As a homosexual, how can I be certain of my salvation? [closed]

I've seen this question a few times on here, but not quite /exactly/ what I was looking for, so I will ask. First off, I would like to state that I am only 19 years old and not trained or currently ...
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Why does Paul pay special attention to the sexually immoral in 1 Corinthians 5:9-11?

1 Corinthians 5:9-11 states that I have written you in my letter no to associate with sexually immoral people -- not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and ...
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What is the Biblical basis for “hate the sin, love the sinner”?

The expression "hate the sin, love the sinner" gets thrown about in both Christian and non-Christian circles, but it does not seem to be a bible verse. What Biblical concepts support this popular ...
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Do any christian groups think it is not sinful to commit suicide in order to donate organs? And What justification?

Here is my understanding of Christianity and the Bible's teaching on this question: Suicide is bad. Giving up your life to save someone is good. So, if you commit suicide but at the same time ...
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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 is the name of the belief that each of us is guilty for the sins of our neighbors?

What is the name of for the doctrine that each of us is individually guilty of all sin; that our own spiritual failures and lack of love are the cause of our neighbor's shortcomings? I do not mean ...
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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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Does a Christian have enemies outside of the world, the flesh, and the devil? [closed]

An often repeated phrase I hear is that "The enemies of the Christian are world, the flesh, and the devil." But I wonder, does God's word reveal to us that there are more enemies than those 3 that we ...
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What are the differences between Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic views of sin? [closed]

What are the differences between Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox views on sin? Where those differing views come from? And how those differing views about sin affect their respective doctrines ...
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What if we were not tempted by the devil but rather, we failed God's test? [closed]

The bible lets us know that God does not tempt us into evil. James 1:13 "When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;" ...
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Was there a sacrifice in the Old Testament for intentional sins?

When reading through the law in the Old Testament it seems that there are only sacrifices for unintentional sins. Is this true? How does the New Testament handle intentional sins such as drunkenness, ...
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Does Catholicism consider body building to be a sin?

I am an amateur body builder. I have heard that the Roman Catholic church categorizes this as a 'sin'. Is this in line with church beliefs?
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How is sin transfered from one to another? [closed]

Question : How is sin transferred from person to another person? Not through birth? We can not accuse Adam when we see him that he caused all humanities sin. Why because the word says "we all have ...
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According to the Catholic Church, can having ideations to sin ever be mortally sinful?

In the Catholic Church, is having ideations to sin a mortal sin? In other words, would a faithful Catholic have to repent during Confession for having ideations to sin or having attempted, but failed, ...
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Do any Christian traditions permit suicide to avoid being dishonored (raped)?

Do any Christian traditions allow suicide for women at the point of being dishonored (raped) by rampaging armies or thugs during war or persecutions against Christians? This tough subject includes ...
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Is there a biblical ban on running a casino? [closed]

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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How does Jesus' death and resurrection save humanity? [closed]

Time and again we hear that Christ died for our sins, or that Christ died so that we could be saved. But I've never understood how exactly the two are connected? In what way does the death of Christ ...
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Where in the Bible does it say we have a sin nature? [closed]

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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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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Is masturbation worse than smoking (for the Catholic Church)?

This says: Smoking in moderation is not a sin at all (CCC 2290). The statement "Smoking in moderation is not a sin at all" can be found elsewhere like here and somewhere there. I have two ...
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In evangelicalism, how are Christians free from sin?

The gist of Romans 6 is that as Christians, we are dead to sin, and thus free from it. We are no longer slaves to sin, but are slaves to God and righteousness. Romans 6:16–18 (ESV) 16  Do ...
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What is the biblical basis that we no longer need to confess and repent?

Joseph Prince (Worldwide speaker and author of Destined to Reign) and Andrew Wommack (Andrew Wommack Ministries and author of many books) teaches this with the Grace (hyperGrace) message, as does my ...
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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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Generational Curses vs Personal Resposibility [closed]

There are numerous passages that support the concept of generational curses - that children will be punished for the sins of their parents. Exodus 20:5, Exodus 34:7, Numbers 14:18, Deuteronomy 5:9 ...
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In Romans 7 is Paul talking about before or after he was saved?

In Romans 7:15 Paul said "For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I." and in Romans 7:11 Paul said "For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, ...
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What is an overview of Christian arguments against the “unconscious violinist” analogy used to support abortion in the case of rape?

I was originally looking for any Christian Church that is against abortion in the case of rape that has also responded to the scenario below or something similar to it. I was instead advised to revise ...
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What basis is there for defining sin as “rebellion”?

Many popular Protestant gospel explanations and frameworks define the essence of sin as rebellion against God. Two Ways to Live: The sad truth is that, from the very beginning, men and women ...
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Why was Esther not sinning when she broke the law and approached the king?

Here's the text in question: Esther 4:15–16 (ESV)15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16 “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or ...
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How did the Seven Deadly Sins originate and how is it used?

The "List enumerating character attributes guaranteeing political success" (Lust, Envy, Covetousness, Anger, Gluttony, Pride, and Sloth) has a long career as "the seven deadly sins." What I don't see ...
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Did Adam and Eve's Progeny Commit Incest? [closed]

I have a multi-part question. Did Adam and Eve's Progeny Commit Incest? Genesis, Chapter 4 tells us about Cain and Abel. Genesis, Chapter 5 tells us about Seth and "other sons and daughters". I ...
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What is the Biblical basis for believing that God punishes Christians for disobedience?

Suppose that a person is faithful and counted among those in Christ, and the person is disobedient in some manner. What is the Biblical basis for the idea that God will punish this Christian beyond ...
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Where is the verse about people sinning because they know God will forgive them?

I've been trying to find a verse I read not too long ago for quite some time about sinning and knowing it's wrong, but sinning anyway because you know God will forgive you. I believe it also mentioned ...
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According to Pentecostal doctrines, can a widower marry a divorced person without committing a mortal sin?

According to Pentecostal doctrines, can a widower marry a divorced person without committing a mortal sin? Does it make a difference if that person was the victim of marital infidelity? If there are ...
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Did the Saints commit mortal sin sometimes?

Does the Catholic tradition record if some saints committed mortal sin from time to time during their holy life or after conversion? There are many saints who converted and lived their lives in the ...
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If a Pope does something wrong, or less than ideal, who is he representing?

If/when a Pope does something wrong, who is he representing? is he a man who sins, just like the rest of us, or is he supposed to be sort of like the face of God, thereby showing that if he did ...
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What arguments are used by Protestants who object to the use of marijuana, even where it is legal?

With the legalization of recreational marijuana in a few states this summer, no longer can the argument against marijuana be that people are supposed to obey those in authority over them (in this ...
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Are there any modern denominations that believe it is a sin to use instruments in church? [duplicate]

There are some denominations which prefer to use very conservative instruments (i.e., no guitars or drums, only piano) while others use any instrument they want. Some churches sing a cappella out of ...
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Are our sins of the future forgiven? (John 20:23)

Catholics say that our future sins are not forgiven (unless we confess them in the future) and say that John 20:23 (and maybe other verses which I can't remember), uses the past, i.e. "forgiven", so ...
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What is the Catholic Church's position on recreational marijuana use?

Several US states have passed voter initiatives to allow recreational marijuana use for adults. What is the Catholic Church’s official position on this issue?
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Does CCC 2291 imply smoking is sinful?

This says: Smoking in moderation is not a sin at all (CCC 2290). The statement "Smoking in moderation is not a sin at all" can be found elsewhere like here and somewhere there. I have two ...
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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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What does Matthew mean by “if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out”, etc.?

What does this verse tell us? It's quite hard to understand. Matthew 18:9: “And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye ...
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Does the Catholic Church consider it sinful for couples who aren't able to conceive to have sex?

Say a married couple has sex, no babies are coming out, they go to a doctor, and they find out that they can't have children due to certain complications. Given that the Catholic church takes a ...
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What did Jesus do regarding the Jews believing that some diseases were sometimes due to sin?

In relation to these two questions: What evidence is there that the Jews thought leprosy was due to sin? What does it mean to say that mental illness is a modern-day leprosy? Obviously, Jesus ...
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Does the Catholic church believe that God really forgives by confession alone?

My question is does the Catholic Church hold that God forgives every crime by confession alone? If so I could commit crimes from Monday to Saturday and then go and confess to a priest on Sunday - ...
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Who is a Christian according to the Russian Orthodox Church

I was told by my Russian Orthodox friends on several occasions that according to their beliefs only members of the Orthodox Church are Christians. (For example, they pointed out that my statement that ...
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What is the difference of the 10 commandments from other Biblical laws? [closed]

What distinction do The 10 Commandment have over other rules in the Bible? Is breaking any of The 10 Commandments an immortal, unforgivable sin while other sins are not? I just want to know the ...
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What is the Catholic concept of “freedom to sin”?

This question is inspired by a question posted on ScienceFiction&Fantasy.SE. The central issue (vastly oversimplifying) is whether it's more evil to compel someone to do good than to compel them ...