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Questions tagged [sin]

Sin is an act or state of disobedience towards God.

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According to Calvinists, is each person “dead in sin” at birth, or only after committing a sin?

First I thought that there is no difference between OS (Original Sin) and TD (Total Depravity) in the Calvinist pov. This is what I first thought : (OS = TD) Cain/Abel/Seth (and their next ...
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Can we treat sin with another sin?

Matthew 18:9 And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell. ...
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If you request and receive pastoral advice from a priest, are you culpable if the advice is wrong?

I believe I remember reading a portion of some important document that indicated that the laity incur no culpability for sins committed at the direction of a priest and which the laity in question ...
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According to Evangelicals, will the saved ever experience the magnitude of suffering associated with their sins?

On another website, one person said this concerning Catholicism and Purgatory, My own vision of purgatory, for which I claim no doctrinal validity, has some interesting echoes in the platonic ...
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Is it possible to repent after death in Catholicism?

In the following quote from the Catechism, it seems to imply that you can repent of a mortal sin after death. How does that fit with the standard "Once damned always damned after death" view that the ...
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Do the conditions for mortal sin apply to non-catholics?

There are three conditions for a sin to be mortal: It must be a grave sin. Eg. Anything from the 10 commandments, Adultery, Murder etc. It must be committed with full consent of the will. The person ...
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Why is use of the phrase “for God's sake” often considered sinful?

I often hear this on some people even in games, who use the phrase "for God's sake" or something similar ("for God's sakes," etc.) I don't see how this can be considered sinful or blasphemous, ...
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Why does John the Baptist decide upon water and baptism as the form of repentance (Catholic viewpoint)?

I'm a convert from Judaism to Catholicism. Overall, I find the congruence from a theological perspective to be 80-90%. Especially, from my perspective, considering the "Jewish version" of the Trinity: ...
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What do “sin” and “death” mean in Romans 5:12?

Romans 5:12 NASB Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned— In my country's language, the word "sinned"...
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According to the Catholic Church, what did Jesus mean by saying “Neither this man nor his parents sinned”?

John 9:3 (NIV) "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. Here you have the clear understanding That sin brings ...
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According to Catholicism, is it sinful to drink alcohol in order to get drunk?

Say you drink and you know if you drink more you might get drunk, or you simply drink to get drunk. You will become drunk and you know it, and no one is forcing you to drink. Is that a sin, ...
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On what basis is mental illness considered the result of sin? [closed]

I have heard some Christians say that mental illness is the result of sin. On what grounds, Biblical or otherwise, do they make this claim?
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If you are in mortal sin but went to mass anyways are you in less of a sinful state?

Let's say John is in an invalid marriage and he intends to convalidate at some point but he is waiting for practical reasons such as making sure family can attend and it will take some time and money. ...
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At what point would a sin become mortal if you learned about it through self-study?

Let's say John was baptized as a Catholic as a baby but did not go to Catholic school or receive any religious education at all and his parents did not take him to mass. As an adult John begins to go ...
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How does Reformed Theology reconcile Jesus' meaningful temptation and impeccability?

According to Reformed Theology (the predominant view or an overview of slight variations within), how is the impeccability of Jesus reconciled with the idea that his temptations were authentic to the ...
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In Catholicism, does sin compound?

If you are in a state of mortal sin (let's use living in sin as an example) and you commit more sins does that mean you're in an even more sinful state? If you are in mortal sin and then skip mass ...
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If Anger is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, how could Jesus have been angry yet still be sinless? (Catholicism)

Anger is one of the Seven Deadly Sins recognized by the Roman Catholic Church (the origins of which are described at this question). However, Jesus was shown to be angry. He looked around at them ...
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What is the scriptural basis for gluttony being a sin?

Gluttony is one of the Seven Deadly Sins. What is the scriptural basis for it being a sin at all (much less a severe enough sin to be a deadly one)?
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According to Catholicism, can you hit someone in self defence?

Can you hit someone in self defence? That is, if someone is trying to kill you, can you hit them to protect yourself? What is the Catholic doctrine on such a question?
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According to Catholicism, when is vandalism not sinful?

I understand that destroying property as an unintended side effect of doing some greater good (like saving lives) is not a sin. However, is destroying property not as a side effect to the immediate ...
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According to Catholicism, is going to work on Holy Days of Obligation sinful?

The Precepts of the Catholic Church says You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor This seems quite clear, that working on Holy Days of Obligation ...
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According to Catholicism, is it unlawful to cause others to work on Sunday?

The Precepts of the Catholic Church say: You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor There are already several discussions about what servile labor ...
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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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Does Catholicism consider bisexuality and asexuality sinful?

I am curious: do Catholics believe that bisexuality and asexuality are sins? I understand that they believe homosexuality is a sin, but I wonder about these orientations as well. I ask this because ...
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Why does God promise something that satisfies our greed for longevity? [closed]

New to Christianity.SE and Christianity in general, but I've had this question for some time. The intrinsic greed of humans is to live forever—so why does God promise us eternal life after death as a ...
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If there is No sin in heaven and God is all love then how could the devil ever have sinned [duplicate]

Again, it is said that there is no sin in heaven. Jesus also told Mary to not touch him because he had not yet ascended to heaven. But how could the devil had sinned if he only knew God. It would have ...
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Is there a moral goodness in In vitro fertilization?

I may have a couple of questions here but it's basically the same subject. My first question: does the Catholic Church see any moral goodness in having a baby through In vitro fertilization (IVF)? ...
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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 jealousy is sin, how can God be jealous?

Exodus 20:4–5 reads: for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me But jealousy is sin, ...
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Was Paul ever recorded as having done a good deed? [closed]

The sting and polemic in Paul's letters is well documented. He fought with the authorities, the Apostles and there is an edge in every letter he wrote, even to those to people he claimed as "friends". ...
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What is the name of the belief that each of us is guilty for the sins of our neighbors?

What is the name of for the doctrine that each of us is individually guilty of all sin; that our own spiritual failures and lack of love are the cause of our neighbor's shortcomings? I do not mean ...
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Does Catholicism consider body building to be a sin?

I am an amateur body builder. I have heard that the Roman Catholic church categorizes this as a 'sin'. Is this in line with church beliefs?
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What arguments do the Church Fathers make for nocturnal emissions not being a sin?

I've run across claims (although I'm having trouble digging them up again; I might be thinking of the implications in this reddit thread) that Augustine and Cassian were almost the only early ...
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How is sin transfered from one to another? [closed]

Question : How is sin transferred from person to another person? Not through birth? We can not accuse Adam when we see him that he caused all humanities sin. Why because the word says "we all have ...
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Generational Curses vs Personal Resposibility [closed]

There are numerous passages that support the concept of generational curses - that children will be punished for the sins of their parents. Exodus 20:5, Exodus 34:7, Numbers 14:18, Deuteronomy 5:9 ...
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Do any Christian denominations consider it not sinful to commit suicide in order to donate organs? If so, why?

Here is my understanding of Christianity and the Bible's teaching on this question: Suicide is bad. Giving up your life to save someone is good. So, if you commit suicide but at the same time ...
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What basis is there for defining sin as “rebellion”?

Many popular Protestant gospel explanations and frameworks define the essence of sin as rebellion against God. Two Ways to Live: The sad truth is that, from the very beginning, men and women ...
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Where is the verse about people sinning because they know God will forgive them?

I've been trying to find a verse I read not too long ago for quite some time about sinning and knowing it's wrong, but sinning anyway because you know God will forgive you. I believe it also mentioned ...
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What arguments are used by Protestants who object to the use of marijuana, even where it is legal?

With the legalization of recreational marijuana in a few states this summer, no longer can the argument against marijuana be that people are supposed to obey those in authority over them (in this ...
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What is an overview of Christian arguments against the “unconscious violinist” analogy used to support abortion in the case of rape?

I was originally looking for any Christian Church that is against abortion in the case of rape that has also responded to the scenario below or something similar to it. I was instead advised to revise ...
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Does CCC 2291 imply smoking is sinful?

This says: Smoking in moderation is not a sin at all (CCC 2290). The statement "Smoking in moderation is not a sin at all" can be found elsewhere like here and somewhere there. I have two ...
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Does the Catholic Church consider it sinful for couples who aren't able to conceive to have sex?

Say a married couple has sex, no babies are coming out, they go to a doctor, and they find out that they can't have children due to certain complications. Given that the Catholic church takes a ...
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Is masturbation worse than smoking (for the Catholic Church)?

This says: Smoking in moderation is not a sin at all (CCC 2290). The statement "Smoking in moderation is not a sin at all" can be found elsewhere like here and somewhere there. I have two ...
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If a Pope does something wrong, or less than ideal, who is he representing?

If/when a Pope does something wrong, who is he representing? is he a man who sins, just like the rest of us, or is he supposed to be sort of like the face of God, thereby showing that if he did ...
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is there a magnitude to sin? [duplicate]

Some time back a public figure was arrested for pedophilia. On Youtube, I observed many very hateful comments directed at this individual. Are the people who were passing judgement on the public ...
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Why do Catholics teach that Catholics go to hell if they die in a state of mortal sin, but teach some Protestants may go to Purgatory/Heaven?

I have heard, according to Roman Catholic professors and dogma, that if we die with a mortal sin on our soul we will go to hell. However, didn't Pope Benedict XVI say that Protestants can achieve ...
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What did Jesus do regarding the Jews believing that some diseases were sometimes due to sin?

In relation to these two questions: What evidence is there that the Jews thought leprosy was due to sin? What does it mean to say that mental illness is a modern-day leprosy? Obviously, Jesus didn'...
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Where in the Pentateuch does it indicate that it's better to sin against God than against your spiritual director?

From The Ladder of Divine Ascent: Do not be surprised at what I am going to say (for I have Moses to support me). It is better to sin against God than against our father; for when we anger God, ...
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What is the Catholic concept of “freedom to sin”?

This question is inspired by a question posted on ScienceFiction&Fantasy.SE. The central issue (vastly oversimplifying) is whether it's more evil to compel someone to do good than to compel them ...
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Is there a theological distinction between being a “sinner” and being“wicked?” [closed]

Does either scripture or historical theology make a distinction between being a sinner (which all humans are) and being wicked or evil?