Sin is an act or state of disobedience towards God.

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How to answer “Why do evil and suffering exist?” [closed]

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? [closed]

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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What is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? [closed]

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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What is the biblical basis to claim that masturbation is a sin?

There's definitely two sides to this coin, some people say that masturbation is not a sin that leads to death, others say that it's a sin because Jesus commands us to deny the desires of our flesh. ...
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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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Can one sin be worse than another sin, or are all sins equal? [closed]

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 unforgivable sins? [closed]

Jesus came and died for our sins so that we may be forgiven and have salvation. But Matthew 12:32 (NIV) says there is at least one thing to prevent being forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word ...
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How should a Christian evaluate whether a particular action a sin or not? [closed]

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 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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Under what conditions does the Bible support divorce? [closed]

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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Does a Christian who commits sins against Christian doctrine and commandments still remain Christian? [duplicate]

What is the position of the Christian denominations about whether a person who commits sins and lives un-Christian lifestyle, yet believes he is Christian, still remains Christian? This question is ...
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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 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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Under what conditions can a “good” or “charitable” act actually be sin? [closed]

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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Does the Bible condemn white lies? [closed]

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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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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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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How do Protestants understand the “unforgivable” sin?

Scripture refers to an unpardonable sin in Matthew 12:31–32, Mark 3:29–30, and Luke 12:10, as well as Hebrews 6:4–6. There's also "sin that leads to death" (1 John 5:16–17). Given the Protestant ...
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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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Why would God create beings with the capacity to sin? [closed]

Life on earth is filled with the horrible effects of sin. Why did God create mankind with the capacity to sin? Was there a higher purpose in this or was there a specific reason for it? I'm ...
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Do Protestants believe that all sins are equal?

I know that Protestants reject the Roman Catholic understanding of "mortal" and "venial" sins. I also know that there's biblical basis for seeing sins as both equal and different. But how do ...
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What is the Biblical basis for idolatry being “things” we put higher than God?

In at least the Evangelical circles I'm involved in, we often suggest that "modern idolatry" is idols of the heart - things we put before God - and is described as the same as idolatry that is ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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What is the biblical basis for venial and mortal sins?

My understanding of Catholicism is that they believe there are venial sins (kinda bad) and then there are mortal sins (really bad!), and that mortal sins are worse (or something). What is ...
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When did sin and evil in the universe first appear?

According to Catholicism and Protestantism (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 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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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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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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How is sinning judged after accepting Christ? [closed]

How is sinning judged after accepting Christ? Are there classifications? Are we clear of every sin? What about repetitive sin of the same type? (All assumed after accepting Christ.)
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Is it possible to achieve a life without sin on earth? [closed]

Based on the biblical doctrines, is it possible to achieve a completely holy life without any sin during our lifetime after salvation?
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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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Did Jesus commit any sin pertaining to the Sabbath? [closed]

Please keep in mind #4 (or #3 depending on the version) of the 10 commandments: Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but ...
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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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Was the marriage between Abraham and Sarah incestuous?

In the comments to this answer to the question of why Abraham lied to Pharaoh about his relationship with Sarah, the following question which I am about to pose, appeared: Was the marriage between ...
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Should we honor our parents even if it leads us to sin? [closed]

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's the difference between judging God and questioning God? [closed]

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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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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Why is Adam considered the original sinner? [on hold]

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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Since Jesus death paid our sin debt in full, why do Christians still die?

In Genesis chapter two God places the burden of death on man's sin(disobedience of God). Genesis 2:17 KJV But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the ...
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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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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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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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The seriousness of sin changed?

I started to have the feelings that the seriousness of the sins are changing in today's age compared to the past. My question is: Does it also change in the God's eyes? -or- My Question is: Does the ...
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What does the Bible tell us about how people knew right from wrong before the Law of Moses? [closed]

Before "Thou shalt not kill/steal/lie" was given through the Mosaic law, how did people know what was right from wrong? How did they know what sin was? Clearly there are examples of people having ...