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Sin is an act or state of disobedience towards God.

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Are all sins cursed by their own nature?

By cursed, I mean every sin leads the sinner to unhappiness or causes some social issue. I think the Holy Ghost is telling me all sin is cursed (even before the afterlife) even though the lowliest ...
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According to Catholicism, is tempting another person a sin?

According to Catholic theologians, is tempting another person always a sin? It would seem to be a sin, because tempting someone is to lead him into sin, which is the sin of scandal. It would seem not ...
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According to the Catholic Church, is taking Anabolic Steroids for enhanced physique and greater workout power sinful?

In body building, people will often take Anabolic Steroids or PEDs to enhance their lifting experience. Often, these people aren't taking steroids to gain an unfair advantage in some competitive sport....
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What are the sins that God kills for in the Bible?

I was recently reading an article online that mentioned Onanism is one of the only four sins that God directly intervenes and kills for in the Biblical narrative. I thought this was really interesting ...
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Why is masturbation a sin? (without human arguments, Pentecostalism) [duplicate]

My side: I believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit , in Bible (solo), that it's possible to have deep experiences nowadays with God as Ezekiel, Jeremiah and Paul did by fasting and seeking souls, and ...
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What was the Early Church's view of sexual immorality and sex outside of marriage?

What was the early church's perspective of sexual immorality and sex outside of marriage? I know the biblical perspective, but I am incredibly interested in how the early church fathers viewed this ...
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Why do Christians fall into sin despite Biblical promises to the contrary?

I'm referring to promises such as: 13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he ...
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According to the Catholic Church, are sex positions that can’t bear children sinful?

Note that my question is asking about married couples, not just any two people engaging in intercourse. According to the Catholic Church, would a husband in wife be in sin if they committed any of the ...
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What does the Bible say about gender segregation and free mixing of sexes in public places?

Islamic scholars claim it is against Islamic rules to attend events where there is free mixing of men and women (such as concerts, proms and parties): There follows a list of haraam things which both ...
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If you do something that the Roman Catholic teaches is a grave matter, but you don't agree it is a grave matter, do you have to confess it?

If you are conscious of having done something which the Roman Catholic Church teaches is grave matter, but you don't agree it is, in fact, grave matter; do you have to confess it? For instance, if you ...
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Why don't Protestants use the Augustinian concept of concupiscence?

Concupiscence, which can be defined as perversity and lack of order, a turning away from the Creator who is more excellent toward creatures which are inferior to Him (To Simplician, I.2.18) which is ...
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How do Biblical Unitarians who accept Jesus’ sinlessness understand this argument?

All men are sinful. If Jesus is not God, he is a man. Thus, if Jesus is a man, he is sinful. Jesus was not sinful. Thus Jesus must be more than a man. Premise 1 is merely an acceptance of Romans 3:23....
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According to Biblical Unitarians, was Jesus sinless?

Not much to add here - I need to ask this question as a pre-cursor to my next question. So, according to Biblical Unitarians, was Jesus sinless?
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Does Jesus' descending into hell in the Apostles Creed have any reference to the scapegoat's descend in the Jewish tradition?

The Creed of the Apostles say that Jesus descended into hell after his death on the cross. He is referred to as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. In this context, it would be ...
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Has the Catholic Church changed which sins incur excommunication?

In light of modern technological progress, has the Catholic Church changed which sins incur excommunication?
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Can Catholic converts attend worship and participate fully in their family's Protestant church?

For a Catholic convert who either was raised in a Protestant church (including being baptized there) or who was married in a Protestant church, but whose parents, spouse and children want to remain ...
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Isn't it illogical for an atheist to go to hell? [closed]

God gives me reason. I use that reason to analyze the world around me and draw my own conclusions. How can I be guilty if my reason, given to me by God, let me conclude that God doesn't exist? Isn't ...
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Why did Adam need to tend the garden in genesis 2:15. Is the biocycle a sinful process?

When Adam was created, there was no sin in this world. We are told that the wages of sin are death. My assumption therefore would be that prior to sin, nothing died. So this leads me to a bit of a ...
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If we will have free will and be sinless in Heaven at the same time, then why did God not create a world with sinless free creatures to begin with?

This question is scoped to those who believe that: We have libertarian free wills We will retain our free will in Heaven We will be sinless in Heaven Question: If Heaven demonstrates that it is ...
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Doesn’t John 9:34 lay the groundwork for what the Jewish people believed about Original Sin?

For context, we read: “They said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.” But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had ...
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How defined is the threshold of graveness for mortal sins? (Catholicism)

The Catholic Church has defined criteria for when a sin is a mortal sin: The sin is grave. It's committed with full knowledge of the sin and its gravity. It's committed with deliberate and complete ...
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From a Thomistic perspective, why is there homosexuality among animals?

St. Thomas Aquinas said: "Union of male and female is said to be of natural law, because nature has taught this to animals: yet she has taught this union to various animals in various ways ...
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How do Christians who reject the idea of purgatory deal with the fact that most people don't repent of every sin before they die?

It is an observable fact that most people, even most Christians, don't repent of every sin individually before they die. Even that really great guy at church who's everyone's best friend and is first ...
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When did the Catholic Church first distinguish mortal from venial sin and connect it to state of grace?

I understand that Catholic theology cites biblical basis for distinguishing mortal from venial sin (see Catholic Answers Mortal and Venial Sin). But when was the first known practice where the ...
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Did Lucifer’s sin in Heaven defile the Heavenly Sanctuary?

I stumbled across the lack of belief, or comprehension, of this concept on another forum and it not only surprised me, I was completely blindsided by the response to the question; it was like I was ...
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Did Aquinas rate rage as worse than sexual sins?

I have been explained that Thomas Aquinas regarded sexual sins as less serious than sins connected with rage, as the former gave a taste of the divine, whereas the latter had a diabolical origin. What ...
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Does the Bible state that when we go to heaven, we can still be tempted?

I have asked several questions relating to the fall of Satan. It is concluded that Satan has made one-third of the angels in Heaven follow him. Therefore, all of these angels has sinned. My question ...
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Did the Catholic Church justify castration with the "castri" choirs?

I was listening to a recent the Art of Manliness podcast, they were talking about the castrati which I'd never heard of before, although it did come up once here. Did the Catholic Church turn a blind ...
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Given that sin is not a debt - it's a crime against God - why do some say God only had to forgive? What about justice? Is God not just?

This is somewhat similar to this question, Are there Christian Denominations or Movements who believe that Jesus didn't actually pay our sin debt? but I wish to pursue the matter of God being the ...
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Is it presumptuous to seek to become a priest?

Is it presumptuous to seek to become a priest? It is well known that the priest must be a saint and that he takes upon him a burden of the salvation of his flock; is it, therefore, presumptuous to ...
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According to Pope Francis and/or Catholicism, what sins are more serious than sins of the flesh?

Pope Francis, was quoted about accepting the resignation of a French Archbishop following on his recent trip to Greece: “small caresses and massages that he gave to the secretary.” ... Francis added ...
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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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