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Sin is an act or state of disobedience towards God.

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CS Lewis against hedonism/sensualism/reveling in comfort?

Where does CS Lewis write that enjoying the warmth of a blanket is fine, but extending your foot out from the blanket just in order to revel in its warmth when you cover your foot again is not fine?
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According to believers in libertarian free will, do all human beings have a genuine chance to freely choose to live a perfect sinless life?

Premise of this question: first of all, I'm basing this question on my common sense understanding that moral responsibility and judgement presuppose that human beings have the capacity to make free ...
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Why does bible say we all are sinners?

I'm not a Christian myself but got this question after hearing a sermon on my daily TV. There they were communally saying, "Christ died for our sins and we are all sinners and we just are nothing ...
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Are there theological explanations for why God would condition his divine intervention and mercy on intercessory prayer?

Ezekiel 22:29-31 (ESV): 29 The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy, and have extorted from the sojourner without justice. 30 And ...
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Does an act being intrinsically evil ensure culpability?

According to Catholicism, only mortal sins result in condemnation and a mortal sin requires the act to be grave matter and to have been committed with full knowledge and consent of the will. But the ...
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Do Trinitarian Protestants regard it as wrong to make false claims publicly?

And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just. [Romans 3:8 KJV] Some slandered the early Christians and ...
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How do I discern righteous guilt from false guilt?

I believe the Holy Spirit can make you feel guilty for an actual sin while the enemies of God can make you feel guilty for an alleged sin that isn't one or keep you feel guilty for a sin you repented ...
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Do you repent by your own actions or by God's forgiveness?

This is a question I've been wrestling with lately as a recent convert to Christianity. Even though I make contrition and feel repentance for sins I commit, I worry that unless I do something to '...
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According to Christian denominations, why are we all cursed for Adam's sin and is that fair?

We all suffer death for Adam's sin, so why is that and is it fair for us to suffer death for his sin?
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Why isn't the Spanish bullfight immoral, according to Catholicism?

The Catholic Church has never condemned this traditional event in Spain and the Catholic Encyclopedia (which received Nihil obstat from the Church, that is, apparently the Catholic Encyclopedia is ...
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Did St. Thomas Aquinas rate masturbation as a greater sin than rape? [duplicate]

St. Thomas Aquinas said: Objection 1. It would seem that the unnatural vice is not the greatest sin among the species of lust. For the more a sin is contrary to charity the graver it is. Now adultery,...
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What is the Biblical basis that Jesus could sin?

We have many scriptures about Jesus' humanity. Several specific verses about his total dependence on the Father, his God, for all his needs, his words and his ability to perform miracles etc. Jesus ...
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Was Noah and/or his family fully or partially descendant from Cain?

The patrilineal lineage of Noah is, according to Genesis, descendant from Seth. However, Genesis doesn't mention anything about the wives of those fathers, nor does it mention anything about the ...
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What is the biblical basis that Jesus could not sin?

We all know Jesus was without sin. That he did not sin has little to do with whether he could or could not sin. The core reasoning of Jesus being able to sin is that he was tempted. This temptation ...
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According to Catholicism, if we sin and become repentant will our sins be forgiven too like St. Peter?

At the catechism class we learned that as Peter was repentant after betraying Jesus his sin was forgiven. If we sin, become repentant and do confessions will our sins be forgiven too? Or do we have to ...
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What is the Biblical basis of the idea that men can be given authority to forgive sins?

This question is inspired by the question What is the Old Testament basis to the idea that only God can forgive sins? What is the Biblical basis (Old or New Testament) for the idea that men can be ...
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Existence of Hell in Christianity [duplicate]

What are the biblical basis for hell in Christianity? Are there any and if there are what are they based on in bible or in Christianity in general. I have seen many articles about the bible not ...
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Is repentance of sins possible outside the Gospel?

Does every human being, at least once in their lifetime, have a genuine chance to repent of their sins, turn away from them and start living a righteous life? If so, does this also include people who ...
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Do Christians who view homosexuality as a sin believe that homosexuals can be freed from their sinful condition by the power of God?

It should be common sense knowledge that many Christians condemn homosexuality as a sin. The following already asked questions should be more than enough to prove the point: Why do some Christians ...
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Why would God create a world in which there are so many ways to sin and thus be condemned? [duplicate]

There's no doubt humans are responsible for their sins, but what they do is still dependent on the basic rules of the universe. So why would God let i.e. drugs to be possible in the first place? I ...
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Can people who don’t believe, yet don’t not believe in Jesus Christ, still make it into heaven if they’re a good person? [closed]

My boyfriend and I have gotten into many discussions. He’s mentioned “I don’t get it. I don’t not believe it him, but I can’t say I’m a whole hearted believer. Who’s to say I won’t go to heaven if it’...
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What are the root causes of the recent clerical sexual abuse scandals within the Catholic Church?

What are the root causes of the recent clerical sexual abuse scandals within the Catholic Church? A comment to this question (Is it known which seminary or seminaries produced the majority of Catholic ...
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How do Eternal Security adherents interpret Ezekiel 18:21-18 and 33:12-16?

Note: for better readability, the relevant parts of the quoted passages are in bold. Ezekiel 18:21-28 (ESV): 21 “But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps ...
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Why does God punish us for sin

I know this question has been asked many times but I am still struggling with it. A post I read earlier today someone answered with if you tell your child don't touch that it's hot, when they get ...
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What are illustrative examples of how the Sabbath can be broken according to Sabbatarian Christians?

I've always heard examples of how the Sabbath is not broken, for instance, doing good to others, healing people, etc. However, I noticed that I've never heard examples of the opposite (how the Sabbath ...
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Do Biblical Unitarians consider worshiping Jesus and/or the Holy Spirit as God to be idolatry?

Many Christians believe that Jesus is God (it's just a matter of realizing how widespread trinitarianism is, for example). However, there are Christians that go one step further and act on this belief,...
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What is the concept of kowtow in Christianity?

I am a Chinese. In China, every year on Ching Ming Festival, Chinese people go to the tombs of their dead ancestors to kowtow. Christianity prohibits kowtow to ancestors, which means disrespect for ...
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Calvinism and Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit

Matthew 12:31 says blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is an unforgivable sin. Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit in the ESV Study Bible, says that it is, "This sin is committed today only by unbelievers who ...
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Is the wages of sin our natural death? [closed]

Does anyone else believe that our natural deaths are not the punishment for sin? Id always thought it odd that if our natural deaths were the punishment for sin, then why would God raise everyone for ...
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According to Catholic Church, did King Solomon find grace with God after his death?

We read at 1 Kings 11:1-13 how King Solomon fell into disgrace and was punished by the Lord : King Solomon loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh.....and his wives turned away ...
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Where in the Catechism can one read about sins of omission?

Where in the Catechism can one read about sins of omission? I couldn't find this term in it when I searched for it.
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Can someone be saved if they willingly live in sin? [closed]

For example, if somebody says, "Since God forgives sins, why not live a sinful life? Then when I'm dying in my bed, I'll just ask him to forgive me for my sins." How should I respond to that ...
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Protestants, why do some Christians suffer so much more than others?

Yes, we all have our own trials, but there are a few Christians who, very obviously, suffer so much more and much more often too (I am not talking about "bad choices" either, so please do ...
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How do the 3 Protestant traditions deal with the two types of sin mentioned in 1 John 5:16-17?

When reading the letters of John the other day I was struck by 1 John 5:16-17: ¹⁶ If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God[a] will give him life—to ...
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According to Catholicism, can someone sin in Heaven?

I know that Christians who die still imperfectly purified must, according to Catholic teaching, pass through a state of purification known as purgatory before entering heaven. But does this ...
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Are you unguilty of sin if you never heard the gospel?

Jesus says that if he had not come and proclaimed the gospel, that those hearing would not be guilty of sin. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they ...
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If an individual sins because God "hardened their heart", does that make God the direct responsible of the sin (i.e. a sinner)? [closed]

In the Bible we find passages such as: Exodus 7:3-4 3 But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt, 4 he will not listen to you. Exodus 11:9-10 9 The Lord ...
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Is choosing to commit sin a possibility in Heaven?

According to the Bible 'sin' by definition is anything that is against God! Which is why God cannot commit sin [Hebrews 6:18; Titus 1:2], not that He doesn't choose to commit sin. This is because God ...
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Are jokes like those listed here blasphemous, according to Catholicism? [duplicate]

Are jokes like those listed here blasphemous? Whisky is the real holy water [source] They want to know what the doctor gives me so that they can take it too, they who struggle just as I do. But I do ...
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Why is the sacrifice of Jesus needed for the atonement of sins? [duplicate]

Christianity teaches that Jesus was crucified in order that ours sins be forgiven, and without this sacrifice then atonement could not be attained. Why did Jesus have to die for our sins in order for ...
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Are there published testimonies from Christians with a diagnosed personality disorder like psychopathy about their experience of sanctification?

Some personality disorders like psychopathy and antisocial personality disorder are considered by clinicians to be difficult if not impossible to treat. Wikipedia summarises the difficulties with ...
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How to reconcile the Council of Trent and the Apostle John regarding the post-baptismal presence of sin?

I am struggling to reconcile a very strong statement from the Council of Trent pronouncing anathema with a very strong statement from the Apostle John pronouncing deception and lie. Both statements ...
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Term that means to commit a sin when you know it is a sin?

I am drawing a blank here, I know that such a term exists but I cannot remember it and my Google Fu is failing me. There is a term for a sin that means that the sinner who committed the sin did it ...
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Why did Luther say "Sin boldy"?

I've heard it reported that Martin Luther told his parishioners to "sin boldly". I'm not sure if this is based in fact and his writings or something that is made up by Catholics to paint him badly. ...
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How does the Catholic doctrine of free will reconcile with peccability?

In the Penitential Act at Mass, all present confess that they have sinned and ask for God's forgiveness. The implication seems to be that everyone present has sinned since the last time they made such ...
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Are sins = crime in ancient Jews? [closed]

Ancient Judaism is religious society. Religious society, unlike secular society, has a feature. What's prohibited by their religions are also prohibited by laws. A lot like Muslim society right now. ...
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How many mortal sins did/does Satan do?

How many mortal sins did/does Satan do? Did Satan commit just one mortal sin? Does the number of mortal sins increase as he tempts people to commit sin? I am interested in the Catholic viewpoint.
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According to Catholicism, what does the Bible teach about sins of omission?

According to Catholicism, what does the Bible teach about sins of omission?
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If a sin can be dispensed, is it really a sin?

Question During the Coronavirus pandemic many Catholic bishops have decided to dispense the faithful from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass. The standard teaching is that missing Sunday Mass ...
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If a sin is not intentional but due to psychological or physical reasoning, will Jesus Christ still count that act as a sin?

Sin is really vicious and annoying to God. But what if a sin that is caused by a person's physical or mental ailments does God look upon that person with empathy, sympathy, and compassion? For ...

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