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Sin is an act or state of disobedience towards God.

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According to the Catholic church, what sin does the husband commit if the wife has aborted?

Imagine husband and wife conceive but later find out that the child would be severely ill and disabled. The wife wants an abortion but the husband doesn't. The wife decides to abort. What sin does the ...
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Why does James associate physical illness to sin? [migrated]

We read in James 5:14-16 (NIV); 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in ...
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How should I report a priest for promoting sin?

Last summer I was traveling and I stopped for mass in another state. Throughout mass I was rather uncomfortable due the celebrant's demeanor/conduct, but I brushed it off as "just a bad case of ...
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During the reformation what was the common view on how the Law ‘increased sin‘ rather than reducing it?

How is was this verse understood by the early reformers, such as Luther or Calvin? Romans 5:20-21 NIV The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase.
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Can continuous sinning be forgiven?

As far as I have understood, God can forgive all sins (Romans 5:8, 1 John 1:9), least blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Mark 3:28-29), and that we are not to judge (Matthew 7:1, Luke 6:37, John 7:24) ...
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What aspects of normal human behavior have people mistaken as the work of the flesh?

In Galatians 5, Paul helps us understand the work of the flesh, such as in verse 17: "For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for ...
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Questions on "does baptism wash away sins" looking at Luke 3:3 and Acts 2:38 [closed]

The passages of Luke 3:3 and Acts 2:38 have very similar language and according to Peter in Acts he is baptizing the same baptism as John, only in Jesus name. Luke 3:3 says, "And he went into ...
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What is the difference between sinning due to rebellion vs. sinning due to weakness?

I'm reading my NIV study bible in the book of Leviticus; Lev 4:3 to be exact. Anyway, the notes at the bottom was explaining a sin offering is for someone who committed a sin without realizing it or ...
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Are there any denominations that consider it sinful to own guns for any reason, regardless of laws?

Are there any Christian denominations that consider it sinful for believers to own weapons for any reason, even if the weapon is legal to own?
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Help me understand Romans 14:23 from the opposing perspective

Help me understand Romans 14:23. As we know as Christians, we tend to disagree on interpretations which leads to sometimes uncertainty. For example, say there’s something you you’ve always done that ...
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St. Thomas Aquinas on the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion and the Forgiveness of Venial Sins?

What did St. Thomas Aquinas (and/or perhaps, Augustine et al.) have to say regarding the worthy reception of Holy Communion and the forgiveness of venial sins?
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Is it a mortal sin for a Catholic to knowingly pass on his/her sickness to another person?

According to Catholic teaching, would it be a mortal sin if a Catholic were to knowingly pass on their sickness to another person? For example, say that a Catholic has an important project that they ...
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Will God love those whom He'll punish eternally? [closed]

According to the hymn The Love of God, God's love "reaches to the lowest hell": The love of God is greater far Than tongue or pen can ever tell; It goes beyond the highest star, And reaches ...
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In Catholic Theology, was Mary "Unable" to Sin?

Jesuit theologian Fr. Kenneth Baker states that Mary was not only free from sin but was "unable" to sin: Two special factors rendered Mary impeccable or unable to sin. The first was her ...
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Is a Catholic marriage valid if one or both spouses are in a state of mortal sin at the wedding?

Suppose Alice and Bob are both Catholics, and they are getting married. If one of them has committed a mortal sin and has not been to Confession at the time of the wedding, is their marriage valid?
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Methodists: How to be forgiven of habitual sin?

According to Methodist Protestant Christians, if I acknowledge my sin, ask in private prayer for Christ's forgiveness. Am I forgiven? And what do I do if I'm dealing with a habitual sin that keeps on ...
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Is becoming sinless impossible?

I understand that there are verses that say becoming sinless is impossible: For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. (Ecclesiastes 7:20) As it is written, There is ...
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Is making a small joke about a bishop mocking?

My friend was mentioning a bishop, so I bluntly made a joke "What? Like the chess piece?" I got a few laughs from my other Christian friends before that friend who mentioned a bishop said it ...
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According to Catholicism, is ”damn” a blasphemous expression?

A lot of things in today's culture have names with the word "damn" in them, e.g., the restaurant Hattie B's Hot Chicken has a menu option named "Damn Hot". I'm sure it was a sin ...
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Why would non-Christians go to hell?

If being a non-Christian is a sin, and if Jesus died for all of our sins, why should non-Christians go to hell?
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According to the Bible, is envy a blameworthy emotion?

Note that I'm not asking whether envy is bad. It's common sense that envy is bad and that it's also bad to make others feel envy. What I'm asking is whether experiencing envy is blameworthy. That Envy ...
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For Evangelical/Fundamentalist Protestants, what is the motivation for supporting morality-based legislation?

Just to be clear, I'm only referring to activities that are victimless, or at least harm nobody except for those who willingly participate. If I understand Calvinist (TULIP) theology correctly, ...
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Is it a sin to make jokes about being a priest?

Sometimes my friends call me Father as a joke. It is funny because I am a woman and not a priest. We are wondering if this is a sin of irreverence.
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How did Jesus manage to remain sinless? [closed]

In his 33 years of life, He never sinned. I know I didn’t make it that far before sinning; nobody but Him could or can. So how did He do it? he was probably tempted to sin, but He didn’t.
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Does the battle between the flesh and the spirit ever get easier?

I am 24 years old. I have been a Christian for 5 years, but was raised in church. For the last two years I have been trying my best to walk out this faith to the best of my ability. I am not trying to ...
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How does God tolerating evil not make Him evil?

To clarify, I'm not asking why God allows evil. I believe there are sufficient arguments for that. What I would like to know is: how can a righteous God tolerate evil without it affecting His nature ...
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According to Catholicism, is divine chastisement due especially to the sins of priests? [closed]

According to Catholicism, is divine chastisement due especially to the sins of priests?
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According to Luther, does guilt consciousness or guilt feeling comes from Satan?

Martin Luther's letter to Jerome Weller on his guilt consciousness Whenever the devil worries you with these thoughts, seek the company of men at once, or drink somewhat more liberally, jest and play ...
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Has the Catholic Church always believed that sex before marriage is fornication?

We know from the Bible that fornication is a sin: Acts 15:20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. ...
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What is Catholic Church position regarding alcohol?

I consider myself an Orthodox, and I'm from Eastern Europe (Not Russian, nor Ukrainian) and I discovered that we, Orthodox Christians, are very permissive regarding consuming alcohol. Of course, we ...
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Saints Who Disobeyed Parents or Superiors in Order to Avoid Committing Sin

Regarding Catholic Saints who were members of the laity---I would like to know if there are any who disobeyed their parents in order not to commit sin. (I exclude superiors here, for one could name ...
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How do forgotten sins affect one's salvation according to the Catholic Church?

Consider the following scenario: Yesterday I confessed my sins in a Catholic Church. Today I commit a grave sin Tomorrow I get in a car accident and as a result suffer from memory loss In two days ...
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What is the basis for the belief "It is possible to have free-will and be incapable of sinning, but it is not possible to be created in that state"?

Some Christians believe that "It is possible to have free-will and at the same time be incapable of sinning, but it is not possible to be created in that state". For example, in my recently ...
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What is the official Catholic position on heterosexual civil partnerships?

I am a man, and my partner a woman. Me and my partner are in a civil partnership here in the U.K. According to the Catholic church, is sex a sin for us?
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Are countries with other religions doomed for hell?

I am someone who has only recently converted to Christianity, and I came upon a troubling point. If it is a sin to have other gods above God, then how does He feel about countries where everyone has a ...
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According to Christian ethical views other than Divine Command Theory, what exactly made Adam and Eve's eating the forbidden fruit evil?

For scoping purposes, let's assume that Divine Command Theory is false. This means that explanations of the form "X is evil because God said so" would be out of scope. Having clarified that, ...
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How is the claim "lust is evil" shown to be true in Christianity without appealing to Divine Command Theory?

In Matthew 5:27-30 Jesus affirms very unambiguously the sinfulness of lust: 27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a ...
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Question about mortal sin and the state of grace?

From what I have read, Catholics either are or are not in a state of grace. There's no grey area in between. Anyone living in an abject state of mortal sin according to the Church incurs a "...
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A Quote of Ven. Leo Dupont on Never Making Peace with One's Sins

I am trying to find a reference which contains an actual quote from Ven. Leo Dupont, which, as I recollect, can be paraphrased as "... but I have never made peace with my sins." Is anyone ...
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Are good and evil in Christianity ultimately based on maximizing wellbeing and minimizing suffering? [closed]

Let me illustrate with a few examples. Examples of good in Christianity: Love: it's evident that love feels good and promotes behaviors that make others feel good. Therefore, love ranks very high on ...
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What explanations are there for God's lack of culpability for the sin that was a part of the plan of salvation? [closed]

Acts 2:22-24 NET says: 22 “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man clearly attested to you by God with powerful deeds, wonders, and miraculous signs that God performed among ...
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Which is closer to traditional Christian doctrine: Judaism or Mary Baker Eddy?

Regarding the existence of the evil side in every individual, Judaism and Christian Science teach two conflicting doctrines. Judaism teaches that the evil side (Heb. yetzer hara) is an essential and ...
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Is dissent on minor questions answered in the Catholic Catechism considered sinful?

I understand that the catechism of the Catholic church is the authoritative teaching of the ordinaries of the church, and ultimately that of the Pope. However, it is a complex and voluminous body of ...
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What are the arguments in favor of the proposition that it was man's spirit that died in the Garden of Eden?

Genesis 2:7 states the warning given to Adam that if he disobeyed God’s command, he would surely die. Since God spoke with him after he sinned, obviously his body didn’t die. I’m looking for clarity.
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Was salvation available to Lucifer and those angels who rebelled with him?

Revelation describes the nature of the event that led to Lucifer's demise. It seems to be quite clear that Lucifer and his angels, in rebelling against God, engaged in an act of terrible sin. 7 And ...
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In Catholicism, why is heresy a mortal sin?

According to Catholicism, an act of heresy is a mortal sin. "Heresy is the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise ...
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Does the Catholic church teach that sin is "transmitted" by the father?

Many questions on this site (usually about Catholic/Marian doctrine) have had references to sin as being inherited/transmitted from the father (and specifically the father, as opposed to either/both ...
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Venial sin and James 1:15

According to Catholic theology, venial sin ruins one's friendship with God, but it does not sever it completely so that the sinner merits Hell. However, James seems to say that all sin produces death. ...
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Are sins discrete events only, or can they also be of a continuous, on-going nature?

This has implications for how we have to repent of sin, and may have more serious repercussions that I haven't thought of. Discrete cases of sin seem obvious, as when we break a clear command with a ...
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Why does Jesus intercede or Advocate after salvation? [closed]

In several passages, we see Christ as our advocate (1 John 2:1) or our mediator (1 Timothy 2:5). My question is three fold: Why does Christ actively mediate or advocate after salvation? Does God the ...
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