Sin is any action, feeling, or thought that goes against God’s standards. It includes breaking God’s laws by doing what is wrong, or unrighteous, in God’s sight.  The Bible also describes sins of omission​—that is, failing to do what is right.

Sin is an act of transgression against divine or natural law. Sin can also be viewed as any thought or action that endangers the ideal relationship between an individual and God; or as any diversion from the perceived ideal order for human living. 

How Should People Avoid Sins, Distractions, and Temptations?

How Should People Avoid Sins, Distractions, and Temptations? The question refers to one of the greatest difficulties of modern life. Even the not-so-young, but of course especially the young live in a social environment that exaggerates the natural pressures of youth to an extreme; ever-present temptations and passing desires scatter...

What Is Sin?

What Is Sin For Catholics? Nature of Sin  Since sin is a moral evil, it is necessary in the first place to determine what is meant by evil, and in particular by moral evil. Evil is defined by St. Thomas (De malo, 2:2) as a privation of form or order...

Shirk

What Is Shirk (Islam)? Literally, shirk  means ascribing or the establishment of “partners” placed beside God. It is the vice that is opposed to the virtue of Tawhid (monotheism).[2] Those who practice shirk are termed mushrikun.[3] Mushrikun (pl. of mushrik) are those who practice shirk, which literally means “association” and refers to accepting other gods and divinities alongside...

Fall of Man

Fall of Man, What Is It? The fall of man, or the fall, is a term used in Christianity to describe the transition of the first man and woman from a state of innocent obedience to God to a state of guilty disobedience. Although not named in the Bible, the doctrine of the fall...

Mortal Sin

What Is Mortal Sin? A mortal sin (Latin: peccatum mortale), in Catholic theology, is a gravely sinful act, which can lead to damnation if a person does not repent of the sin before death. A sin is considered to be “mortal” when its quality is such that it leads to a separation of that person from God’s saving grace. This type of sin should...

Anantarika-karma

Anantarika-karma Ānantarika-karma or ānantarika-kamma is a heinous crime that through karmic process brings immediate disaster.[1][2] They are called ‘anantarika’ because they are ‘an’ (without) ‘antara’ (interval), in other words the results immediately come to fruition in the next life, i.e. the participant goes straight to hell. These are considered so heinous that Buddhists and non-Buddhists must...

Why Our Actions And Personal Sins Important?

Our Actions And Personal Sins The All Wise Book states in miraculous fashion that the universe grows angry at the evil of the people of misguidance, and the universal elements becomes wrathful, and all beings, furious. In most awesome fashion it depicts the storm visited on the people of Noah...

The Consequences Of Sin In Christianity

The Consequences Of Sin In Christianity There are three separate aspects of the consequences of sin which will be explained here: 1). The penalty of sin which describes the very real moral debt that every person now carries as a result of sin; 2). the power of sin which describes...

Sins Origin And Nature In The Bible

Sins Origin And Nature In The Bible We have looked at a biblical definition of sin which can be best described as the breaking of God’s laws and commandments along with the rejection of His plans and purposes for our lives. A closer look at the origin and nature of...

Sin Definition For Christians

Sin Definition For Christians The topic of sin is not a popular one today. Many view the concept of sin as archaic and demeaning — something that needs to be cast aside in light of current ” modern thought”. Christians however know that there are some things taught in God’s...

Sin

What Is Sin? In a religious context, sin is an act of transgression against divine or natural law.[1] Sin can also be viewed as any thought or action that endangers the ideal relationship between an individual and God; or as any diversion from the perceived ideal order for human living. In Jainism, sin refers to anything that harms the possibility of...

Shinto Concept Of Sin

Shinto Concept of Sin (Tsumi) and Impurity (Kegare) In Shinto, there is no concept of original sin or karma. But ancient Japanese considered all unhappy or unfortunate incidents, such as diseases or natural hazards, as sins. Yet, they were not the cause in the individual, but in external factors. And...

Seven Deadly Sins In Catholic Church

Seven Deadly Sins This classification originated with the desert fathers, especially Evagrius Ponticus, who identified seven or eight evil thoughts or spirits that one needed to overcome.[3] Evagrius’ pupil John Cassian, with his book The Institutes, brought the classification to Europe,[4] where it became fundamental to Catholic confessional practices as evident in penitential manuals, sermons like “The...

What Is Original Sin?

Original Sin Original sin, also called ancestral sin,[1] is a Christian belief in the state of sin in which humanity has existed since the fall of man, stemming from Adam and Eve’s rebellion in Eden, namely the sin of disobedience in consuming the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.[2] This condition has been characterized in...

Original Sin And Blood Atonement

Original Sin And Blood Atonement We stated above that the original sin was imported into Christianity by Saul, while James and Jesus himself insisted upon actions and the law. Contrarily to what Jesus taught, the corrupted Christianity declares that by disobeying God’s order not to eat of the forbidden fruit...

Islamic Views On Sin

Islamic Views On Sin Sin is an important concept in Islamic ethics. Muslims see sin as anything that goes against the commands of Allah (God), a breach of the laws and norms laid down by religion.[1] Islam teaches that sin is an act and not a state of being. It is believed that Allah weighs an individual’s good...

Jewish Views On Sin

Jewish Views On Sin Judaism regards the violation of any of the 613 commandments as a sin. Judaism teaches that to sin is a part of life, since there is no perfect man and everyone has an inclination to do evil “from his youth”.[1] Sin has many classifications and degrees. Some sins are punishable with death...

How Should We React To Evil Thoughts And Desires?

Evil Thoughts And Desires Involuntary evil thoughts, fancies, or associations of ideas usually are the result of Satan’s interference. Just as a battery has two poles, there are two central points to our hearts. These two poles work like the two poles of a battery; one receives angelic inspirations, while...

We Are Surrounded By Sin, How Can We Protect Ourselves?

How should we, especially those of us who are young, interact with the world? Today’s social environment is overrun with temptation and desire. Although it is hard to imitate the Prophet’s sublime qualities and character, living now does have its advantages, for “the reward is proportionate to the hardship endured.”...

Hamartiology

What Is Hamartiology? Hamartiology  is the branch of Christian theology which aims to develop and articulate a doctrine of the biblical concept of sin. Substantial branches of hamartiological understanding subscribe to the doctrine of original sin, which the Apostle Paul is claimed to have espoused in Romans 5:12-19 and which...

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