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Sin is an act or state of disobedience towards God.

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David was forbidden to build the Temple. Was David punished for doing what God had asked him to do? [closed]

God forbade David to build the Temple because of the warring and killing that God himself had commanded of David. This wasn't a sin, so why is it that David was not allowed to build the temple for God?...
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Who are the people who attempts to enter heaven but aren't able?

In Luke 13:22-24 22 He passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. 23 Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” He answered them, ...
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Where does the Scripture say that you need to be in the state of Divine Grace in order to go to Heaven?

If I am correct, the Catholic Church teaches that you need to be in the state of Divine Grace at the moment of your death if you wish to go to Heaven. If you are not, then you are automatically ...
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What was the Sin of Gomorrah?

We all know the sin of Sodom. But my question is, why was Gomorrah destroyed? Please give references to your answer.
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What is the difference in original sin and our nature to sin from a Reformed or Calvinist view?

There is another question like this on the CSE but seems to be answered with the Catholic view in mind. As a Calvinist, I have become quite confused or I am just not properly understanding the ...
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What do the verses in Luke 5:20-25 teach us?

They have always puzzled me and I fail to understand what is what. Luke 5:20-23 When Jesus saw their faith he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” Then the experts in the law and the ...
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Why were Saul's descendants killed?

In 2 Samuel 21:1-14, we see that Saul committed an awful crime, and this caused famine in Israel. David then goes to Gibeonites and asked to make amends. They agree to the death of seven of Saul's ...
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What is the basis for the Roman Catholic teaching regarding the Sin of Presumption?

The Roman Catholic Church teaches that there is something called the Sin of Presumption, which states that it is a sin for one to believe that he or she is assured of his or her salvation. It seems ...
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According to Catholicism, is repeatedly visiting a Protestant church a mortal sin?

I am Catholic and have been visiting a Protestant church for the last 2 months. According to Catholicism, did I commit a mortal sin by visiting this church?
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Can someone atone for the sins of another, in the life after death, if they asked this grace from Our Lord before their own death in this life?

At 1 Peter 2:24 we read: " He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. " Of course, one would be ...
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Did the midwives in Exodus 1 sin by disobeying and lying to Pharaoh? (Catholic/Protestant overview)

In Exodus 1:15–16, the king of Egypt orders the Hebrew midwives to kill the sons born to Hebrew women. However, they do not obey: But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt ...
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What is the biblical argument against having a concubine?

It is generally accepted that "having a concubine" = "not socially accepted." However, Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines. Having concubines was mentioned in the Old Testament. I cannot find ...
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Was Adam blaming Eve?

Genesis 3:12 says: The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” I've heard several people interpret this verse as Adam blaming God and / or ...
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Although Jesus takes away the sins of the world, are God and Jesus still offended by every sin that is committed?

All Christians believe that God sent Jesus to take away the sins of the world because every sin committed by mankind has always been and always will be an offense to God. Although Jesus takes away ...
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Why are sandals considered to be unholy?

As I was reading Exodus 3 chapter 5, this passage got my attention. Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” Why ...
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If someone is forced to take the punishment for sin (Jesus), doesn't that mean that God never forgives?

Even if Jesus is God Himself and He took the punishment Himself, that would still mean that He never forgives, because He would rather punish Himself than show forgiveness for sin, right?
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How does a Christian according to Christ teaching be freed from concupiscence thereby possessed a sinless body?

After the fall of Adam & Eve from pride & disobedience, all mankind inherit original sin. The Church teaches that the original sin can be removed by the Sacraments of Baptism but the stain of ...
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Are brief blasphemous deliberate thoughts a mortal sin according to Catholicism?

Are brief blasphemous deliberate thoughts a mortal sin according to Catholicism?
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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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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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Since God provided for the forgiveness of sins in the Old Testament, why do we need Jesus?

I thought of this when I was researching this question. Leviticus 4 goes into great detail about the sacrifice that must be made in order for a sin to be forgiven. However, we see here that God ...
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According to Catholicism what is meant by living in a state of obstinate sin?

About a week a go I heard about something called obstinate sin. What is obstinate sin? Is it the same as not listening to God? According to Catholicism what is meant by living in a state of ...
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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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According to the Catholicism, is a conscious denial of the gospel of Christ a mortal sin?

For example, say there is a 28 year old Muslim woman living in Afghanistan. Her whole life, her family, friends, and community have told her to "stay away from those pagan Christians because they ...
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According to reformed theology, is hypocrisy a sin?

People don't like hypocrites, and they get a pretty bad rap in the Bible (especially from Jesus), but is hypocrisy itself a sin? In reformed theology at least, every one is fallen and cannot avoid ...
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Can a secular government ever be a moral authority?

Can a secular government ever be a moral authority? For example, if there comes a day in the future that a secular government decrees that murder is no longer a criminal offense in that nation, ...
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According to Methodism, is it possible to live without sinning?

I don't trust the idea of original sin being inherited. However, that does raise another question: If children are innocent before they are able to differentiate between good and evil, is it possible ...
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Why is Satan commonly believed to rule in hell?

Satan (Devil, Lucifer and all these not exactly the same meaning names) is often told to rule in hell, tormenting the damned souls and so on, while in the Bible I could not find anything more than the ...
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Why didn't God forgive Saul when he asked for it?

In 1 Samuel 15:24-25 (NIV): 24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them. 25 Now I beg you, ...
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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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Is sharing “FAKE NEWS” and gossiping “FAKE NEWS” a mortal sin? (Catholic perspective)

In light of the current media trend of reporting and resorting to fake news and gossiping, and some netizens are somehow careless in becoming an instruments to spread it. Some social media users ...
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Eating sour grapes and transmitting sin over generations

Prophesying the restoration of Israel, Jeremiah makes the following statement: In those days they shall no longer say: ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on ...
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What is the real biblical reasons why Joseph & Mary did not offer a one year old lamb? [closed]

1 "Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying: ‘When a woman gives birth and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean for seven days, as in the days of her ...
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How do indulgences remit temporal punishment?

"An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain ...
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If we receive infinite grace through bread and wine as the Catholic theology say, why does a person still sin against God?

If we receive infinite grace through bread and wine as the Catholic theology say, why does a person still sin against God? Because during transubstantiation doesn't infinite grace bestowed on each ...
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According to Eastern Orthodoxy, is googling the serial numbers of a software and using cracks a sin?

I was raised in a little bit poor country where it's almost impossible for individuals to make online payments. No PayPal, Credit cards are for national use only and international use is very ...
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How long was it before Adam and Eve sinned?

Do we have any idea how long Adam and Eve were together sinless in the Garden of Eden before they sinned? They were created on the sixth day. They sinned before they had children. Any other clues as ...
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What is the biblical basis for the claim that Jesus took on the sins of mankind?

It's been said that there is no biblical basis for the assumption that Jesus ever took on the sins of mankind, before, during or after his death. What is the biblical proof that Jesus did take on the ...
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Was Adam's rebellion the first sin?

I've looked at other questions on here regarding why Adam was considered the original sinner even though Eve ate the fruit first. i.e. Why is Adam considered the original sinner? However my question ...
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Which are the sins that will not be forgiven in the age to come? [duplicate]

At Matthew 12:32 we hear some tough talk from Jesus: Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this ...
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Has the Episcopal Church ever identified “patriarchy” as a sin?

I was listening to a Minnesota Public Radio program entitled "Female faith leaders preach #SilenceIsNotSpiritual" (Feb 21, 2018). One of the guest speakers was author Rachel Held Evans, who is an ...
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Why did God create us so that it is in our nature to sin?

There are many questions that circle around the following question but the exact wording is important - therefore it is, to the best of my knowledge, not a duplicate! In many of the answers given to ...
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Why does Romans 5:19 say “many” instead of “all”? (Overview) [closed]

By one man’s disobedience many were made sinners Rom 5:19 Why does it not say "all" but "many"? Because the previous verse says: By the offence of one judgment came upon all men to ...
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Is there any clue/hint in the Bible that tells us *why/how* we won't sin on heaven?

Preferable denomination: Eastern Orthodox So I have this (strange) question about heaven. Please bear with me. When we die, we either go to hell or heaven. Let's assume (hopefully, God mercy us) ...
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At what moment did humans become sinful?

At what moment did humans become sinful? Precisely, at what moment did humans acquire sinful passions? According to my knowledge of how the Eastern Orthodox Christians view the matter of sin, the sin ...
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According to the YEC view, did the animals eat the forbidden fruit?

Assuming the Young Earth Creationist view that the Genesis account is literal history... When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit they were condemned to death which caused every subsequent human to ...
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Is There an Exhaustive List of All/Most Common Venial and Mortal Sins?

I would like to know if there is an exhaustive list of all common venial and mortal sins or, at least, most common venial and mortal sins. It could in a certain sense be useful. I know mortal sins are ...
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Can “feelings and passions” make an act involuntary?

In high school, my religion teacher said, Mortal sin is a very serious matter. It is a conscious decision in which the person intentionally turns away from God. Therefore it is impossible to, say, ...
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Who said something along the lines of us never knowing more than 1% of our sin?

I have pretty clear memories of John Piper quoting someone else saying that in this life we are never aware of more than 1% of our sin, with the implication being that as we grow in godliness we do ...
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What's the scriptural basis for Protestants to believe that their future sins have been forgiven?

Majority of Protestants believe that their sins are fully forgiven - not only the ones they had committed before believing in Christ but even all the sins that they have not yet committed during their ...