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If jealousy is sin, how can God be jealous?

"Jealousy" in colloquial English, means either (1) indignation in response to infidelity, or (2) covetousness of the belongings of others. We can immediately eliminate the second case, ...
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How do indulgences remit temporal punishment?

How do indulgences remit temporal punishment? Sin has consequences! "Sin has two consequences, or punishments (CCC 1472). The first is eternal punishment, in which the soul loses heaven and is ...
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In Catholicism, does the efficacy of the sacrament depend on the intention of the priest?

The Church's current teaching points to the sacrament itself overcoming any weakness of an individual. If a priest intends to send babies to hell while he is baptizing them, are those infants ...
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Does Catholicism consider body building to be a sin?

The short answer is “no.” First of all, the Church is not in the habit of listing all possible sinful behavior. The vast majority of possible behaviors are left to the prudent judgment of the ...
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Why did Luther say "Sin boldy"?

For most of a year following his trial at Worms in April 1521, Martin Luther was in seclusion. During this time his associates at Wittenberg were implementing practical changes in the church there. ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, is it a sin to vote for pro-choice politicians?

Yes, if the candidate was voted for because they were pro-abortion Pope Benedict XVI (formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) succinctly summed up the Catholic Church's teachings in the memorandum "...
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Can someone be saved if they willingly live in sin?

If a person should be aware that God forgives sins and should yet purpose to live a sinful life, then (whatever they theorise about an unknowable future) they are already in danger of perdition, of ...
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In Catholicism, does the efficacy of the sacrament depend on the intention of the priest?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1256) may shed some light on this: The ordinary ministers of Baptism are the bishop and priest and, in the Latin Church, also the deacon. In case of ...
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Are countries with other religions doomed for hell?

The Israelites were a nation whose fortunes grew or declined as the society as a whole did or did not follow God's rule. The people were collectively chosen to serve as an example (both good and bad) ...
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Is there a moral goodness in In vitro fertilization?

It is a good when a new person comes into existence; God still creates a rational soul out of nothing even for those conceived as a result of sin. But it is never moral to use evil means in the case ...
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How to reconcile the Council of Trent and the Apostle John regarding the post-baptismal presence of sin?

The Council of Trent, in this section on baptism, so strongly affirms that sin in a person is utterly remitted The Council of Trent (Session V, Canon 5) declared if anyone denies by the grace of Our ...
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What is Catholic Church position regarding alcohol?

The Catechism has alcohol in its index. The virtue of temperance desposes us to avoid every kind of excess: the abuse of food, alcohol, tobacco or medicine. Those incur grave guilt who, by ...
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If jealousy is sin, how can God be jealous?

Hard Sayings of the Bible explains this simply: God's jealousy does not involve being suspicious or wrongfully envious of the success of others, or even mistrusting. When used of God, the word ...
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If Anger is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, how could Jesus have been angry yet still be sinless? (Catholicism)

The short answer is, “anger” in this context refers to two distinct, but related things. What Jesus showed (literally) in the cleansing of the Temple, and God (metaphorically)* when the Israelites ...
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Wasn't Peter just trying to avoid getting caught when he denied Jesus three times?

Reading related passages helps to understand Scripture; the sin was pride. Peter's denying Jesus is set up by something that happened previous to that infamous denial during Jesus' night time ...
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If it is better that we have free will than not, then why suggest it is preferable to not?

I'll try to answer from a Catholic perspective, so, for example, I'll take for granted that we actually do have free will. Now why is free will a good thing, even though it makes sin possible? The ...
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What is the concept of kowtow in Christianity?

What is the concept of kowtow in Christianity? According to the Wikipedia article partially quoted below, the Chinese tradition of bowing low three to nine times before the tomb of their ancestors is ...
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If jealousy is sin, how can God be jealous?

Unlike envy, which is the desire for things you do not rightfully possess, jealousy is the fierce protection of that which is rightfully yours. As such, the premise that jealousy is inherently sinful ...
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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 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? The short answer is yes: One must confess such sins. Just ...
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Does Catholicism consider bisexuality and asexuality sinful?

From the Catholic perspective, the universal teaching is that all persons are called by God to chastity, which is understood as a successful integration, inner unity and rational expression of human ...
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According to the Catholicism, is a conscious denial of the gospel of Christ a mortal sin?

The short answer is “not necessarily”. “Conscious” denial of the Gospel is not the same thing as denial “with full knowledge.” “Grave matter” vs. “mortal sin” In Catholic moral theology, a distinction ...
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What is the scriptural basis for gluttony being a sin?

Vices (Capital / Deadly Sins) are opposed to Virtues Soundbyte answer (scripture) Sirach 18:33 Become not a glutton and a winebibber with nothing in your purse. Scripture supporting the virtue ...
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How does Reformed Theology reconcile Jesus' meaningful temptation and impeccability?

This is admittedly a difficult problem that Reformed theologians have addressed in several different, though related, ways. Louis Berkhof mentions several approches to reconcile the "reality of the ...
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According to Calvinists, is each person "dead in sin" at birth, or only after committing a sin?

Reformed catechisms make it clear that all of Adam's (ordinary) descendants are conceived and born spiritually dead. First, a translation of Q&A 7 of the Heidelberg Catechism: Q. Then where does ...
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Can a priest act on a confession of molestation?

Canon law is very explicit on this... The priest can't betray the person confessing (983.1) The sacramental seal is inviolable; therefore it is absolutely forbidden for a confessor to betray in ...
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Can "feelings and passions" make an act involuntary?

Is someone strapping you to a chair, propping your eye's open, and forcing you to watch pornography? If not, then you certainly have freely chosen to watch it and doing so certainly is a mortal sin ...
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Is seeing nudity a sin in Roman Catholicism?

Is seeing nudity a mortal sin in Roman Catholicism? The short answer is: Yes and No. It depends on the situation. In the Catholic Church, sins come in two basic types: mortal sins that imperil your ...
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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?

Introduction I see your question as boiling down to the following: There is no sin in heaven, but free will continues; is it possible for God to create such a world via fiat? If yes, why did he create ...
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Isn't it illogical for an atheist to go to hell?

It is illogical for an atheist to think they would go to hell. Given they have arrived at the conclusion God does not exist, then they must also disbelieve in any place of eternal torment after death. ...
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