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Sin is an act or state of disobedience towards God.

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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 ...
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How do Protestants interpret "covers a multitude of sins" (James 5:19)?

In the New Testament, in James 5:19-20, we read: My brethren, if anyone one of you strays from the way of truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that whoever turns back a sinner from the ...
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According to Protestants, what is the lesson being taught by scripture when God killed so many men for looking into the Ark?

Many people find a short passage in the Old Testament to be both disturbing and very peculiar; that being 1st Samuel 6:19, and He (God) smote (killed) the men of Beth-she-mesh, because they had ...
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What constitutes a "serious" crime for the purpose of LDS baptism preparation?

According to Preach My Gospel, the official LDS (Mormon) missionary guide, missionaries are supposed to ask potential converts Have you ever committed a serious crime? If so, are you now on probation ...
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From a Calvinist perspective, if Adam refused the fruit what would happen to their descendants?

And the woman saw that the tree was good to eat, and fair to the eyes, and delightful to behold: and she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave to her husband who did eat. Genesis 3:6 What ...
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Can a priest act on a confession of molestation?

What, if any, ability does a priest or bishop have in order to stop a brother priest who has confessed to molestation of minors, according to Canon Law? Very often I hear, and am personally aware of ...
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1 John 5:16 "you don't need to pray for that"?

1 John 5:16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that ...
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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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How did Karl Barth justify his relationship with Charlotte von Kirschbaum?

I recently learned that Karl Barth, while he was married, had a decades-long romantic relationship with his personal assistant, Charlotte von Kirschbaum. She actually moved into the Barths' home in ...
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In John 8, were the scribes and pharisees guilty of the sin of Fornication / Adultery?

The Lord Jesus said, "He that is without sin may throw the first stone." Since all of the accusers went away beginning with the oldest, does that imply that the scribes and pharisees (accusers) guilty ...
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Did any church fathers after Chrysostom believe that Mary committed sin?

The belief that Mary never committed sin has been around a long time, much longer than the final formulation of the doctrine of her immaculate conception (which happened around the 13th century). ...
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Would men have ever sinned if Satan did not tempt Eve in the garden in the first place? [closed]

I talked with one of our fellowship members who had not been attending services recently. I then asked him how his spiritual life is. He told me he doesn't even know if God exist sometimes and said he ...
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In light of Romans 3:23, how do Catholics support their belief that Mary was without sin? [duplicate]

The Catholic Church says that Mary was sinless. How do they reconcile this view with verses such as Romans 3:23? For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God....
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Is the resolution not to sin again a must for absolution?

A Catholic is supposed to resolve not to sin again and also to express his/her resolution at the time of confession in order to seek absolution from sins already committed by him/her. I wish to know ...
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What is mortal sin? Is agression a mortal sin? [duplicate]

What is a mortal sin? Is physical or verbal agression to a family member, father, brother, sister, mother, uncle, cousin, aunt or friend a mortal sin. What are the effects and can it be forgiven and ...
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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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In Catholicism, does the efficacy of the sacrament depend on the intention of the priest?

In an essay by Gordon Clark, no friend of Roman Catholicism, I was surprised to read his contention that in Catholicism, the efficacy of the sacrament depends on the intention of the priest. As part ...
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Catholic restricted from Communion

(Note: This is in Holland) A Catholic Charismatic woman desired to have her baptism blessed by immersion in water (she had been baptized as a child in the Catholic church). She presumed that it was ...
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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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What prompted the change in Christian attitude towards usury?

Lending with interest between Jews is a sin in the Old Testament, which should have gone away for non-Jewish Christians According to Wikipedia, it was only proscribed by Christianity later; at ...
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What is the difference between Baptism of Jesus and Baptism of others? [closed]

What is the difference between Baptism of Jesus and Baptism of others? For others it was for repentance of sins. Matthew 3:5-6 NIV 5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the ...
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What does it really mean [not able not to sin] according to Augustine?

From this link, it is said that a newly born baby in relation to sin enumerated by Augustine of Hippo is [not able not to sin] (non posse non peccare). What I thought from that [not able no to sin] ...
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Wasn't Peter just trying to avoid getting caught when he denied Jesus three times? [closed]

Simon Peter's denial of Jesus is seen as a horrible sin, but it seems to me that it wasn't that bad; Peter was among enemies and they surely would have taken Peter or sent him out if they found out he ...
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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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