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Questions regarding the concept of sin, its definitions, consequences, etc. However, questions regarding specific sins should be tagged under "law", "nt-commandments", etc.

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Transgression when there's no expressed command

In one of my previous questions, Dave (Oct 23 at 20:51) wrote a comment which I liked and got me thinking, Except that there was no Law (commandments.) for Job and Noah. In Romans 2:14-15, For when ...
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(Romans 8:38-39) Recipients are believers feeling guilty about sins Vs (Isaiah 59:1-3) Recipients are God's people who willingly sin

I'm trying compare and contrast Romans 8:38-39 to Isaiah 59:1-3 when it comes to what could separate us from God and/or Love of God. Please Correct me if my following evaluation/assessment is Wrong. ...
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Was there a separate offering for unintended sins?

In Ezekiel 45:18-20, God commands a sin offering on the first of the month, and another on the seventh of the month for everyone who goes astray or is naive [other translations read simple-minded]; ...
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There is no one righteous

In certain passages one might be mislead to think that certain persons like Noah (Genesis 7:1), Job (Job 1:1), Zacharias and Elizabeth (Luke 1:5-6) were able to keep God's commandments. Genesis 7:1 ...
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When the woman was caught in adultery in John 8 vs 3, why is the man not mentioned?

In John 8 vs 3, a woman was made to stand before Jesus after being caught in an act of adultery but there is no mention of the man. Why is that?
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If an individual sins because God “hardened their heart”, does that make God the direct responsible of the sin (i.e. a sinner)? [closed]

In the Bible we find passages such as: Exodus 7:3-4 3 But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt, 4 he will not listen to you. Exodus 11:9-10 9 The Lord ...
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Who Demands a Ransom?

Col 1:14 - In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Redemption , from the Greek ‘apolytrōsis, (‘Strongs Lexicon: G729- Liberation procured by the payment of a ransom’...
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Was Jesus tempted in the manner described in James 1:14?

Was Jesus tempted in the manner described in James 1:14? "But one is tempted by one’s own desire (ἐπιθυμίας), being lured (ἐξελκόμενος) and enticed (δελεαζόμενος) by it; 15 then, when that ...
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(John 15:22) No sin without Jesus?

I am really scratching my head on this verse. John 15:22, “If I [Jesus] had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.” It seems from the ...
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(Genesis 4:7) What is Cain Ruling Over? Sin? The Door?

So I was spending some time with the Hebrew under the Cain and Abel narrative in Genesis 4. I noticed a peculiarity in the Hebrew in God's instructions to Cain after his offering was rejected. I ...
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Did Judas have free will to reject Satan's temptation? [closed]

I have this thought and I would like to hear yours. Was Judas destined to betray Jesus or does Judas have the free will to reject Satan’s temptation? Satan has entered Judas’ body at John 13:27 which ...
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Is “idleness is the devil's workshop” a Bible verse? [closed]

If not, is there a verse that similarly encapsulates this notion?
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What about if the blasphemy was a thought? [closed]

as I had a thought earlier that was blasphemous to the holy spirit, i did not (and do not want to) say it out loud. It was in my head, but im concerned if it was if i meant it from the heart. I asked ...
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Why is man condemned if he is incapable of doing good?

Romans 7:15 - 20, Has always puzzled me. Why would God condemn sinful humans if man is incapable of helping himself as Paul states in these verses. Even the so called born again (regenerated) ...
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David as Blameless: 2 Samuel 22:23-25

For all His ordinances were before me, and as for His statues, I did not depart from them. I was also blameless toward Him, and I kept myself from my iniquity. (2 Samuel 22:23-24 NASB) We know ...
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In Luke 2:24, and Leviticus 12, is a second turtledove implying that birth is a sin? [duplicate]

I read about the Law of Moses, mentioned in Luke 2:22, and it seems to imply that birth is a sin. Looking it up, the bible study resource I found referenced Leviticus 12:1-8. The relevant sections are ...
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In sin or into sin? Psalm 51:5

In light of a comment made on another question into sin not in sin I would like to ask the question, how should one read the passage in psalm 51:5 the psalmist was conceived in sin and therefore a ...
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Reconciling God of Israel refusal of King David's request to build a temple, & (2 Corinthians 5:17-19) new creature in Jesus Christ

1 Chronicles 22:8-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 8 But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have [d]waged great wars; you shall not build a house to My ...
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Sin Sacrifices Before Sinai?

Is there any case prior to Sinai in which we can identify a sacrifice as being for sin? There are instances of sacrifices of dedication or thanksgiving, but I can't seem to find any I can confidently ...
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(Dual application) 2 Samuel 7:12-17 attributed to King David and his earthly descendants, & David's Heavenly & earthly descendant, Jesus Christ

2 Samuel 7:12-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 12 When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your [c]descendant after you, who will come forth from [d]...
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Disciples state of sin prior to the crucifixion/resurrection [closed]

How did the disciples receive forgiveness of sins prior to jesus' atoning death?
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Is desire or action sinful? Matthew 5:27–28

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. One thing that ...
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What was considered the age of accountability for sin? [closed]

When Jesus said "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do", raised the questions of what the age of accountability for sin was at this time, or was it always a particular age predetermined ...
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Why did Adam and Eve risk eating the forbidden fruit even when fully aware that they will die if they eat it? [closed]

Relevant Passage: 1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You[a] shall not eat of any tree ...
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Is God guilty of lying in 1 Kings 22?

22And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, ...
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What happened after Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?

5For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6¶And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that ...
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Sins or Faults - James 5:16

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” ‭‭James‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭KJV‬‬ This seems to be the ...
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In Phil 4:6, should we interpret “anxiety” as a sin?

As a young Bible college student, being told from the pulpit that “if you have low self esteem, you are a sinner who is insulting God” left a life-long impression on me, an introverted person who at ...
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How to understand Proverbs 6:16-19 in light of Psalm 51:5 and 58:3

In Proverbs 6, the writer lists 7 things that God hates. There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent ...
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Differences between sin offering and guilt offering mentioned in the bible? (Guilt offering vs sin offering)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that there are 5 types of offerings in the bible: 1) Burnt offering 2) Grain offering 3) Peace offering 4) Sin offering 5) Guilt offering As I read ...
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Leviticus 5 “..it is hidden from him, and then he comes to know it..” exegesis

Leviticus 5 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 2 Or if a person touches any unclean thing, whether a carcass of an unclean beast or the carcass of unclean cattle or a carcass of unclean ...
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Does 1 John 3:8-9 teach that a person can be entirely free from sin and sinning? [closed]

In the Scriptures we read: He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the ...
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How does sin trap someone and hold them captive (Proverbs 5:22-23)?

How does sin entrap someone and hold them captive? See Proverbs 5:21-23: [Pro 5:22-23 CSB] 22 A wicked man's iniquities will trap him; he will become tangled in the ropes of his own sin. 23 He ...
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Does the teaching of Christ that Christians will be punished after death undermine the idea of salvation? [closed]

47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.48 But he that knew not, and did commit things ...
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What does “Porneia” mean? [closed]

Some say that the Greek word "πορνεία", "porneia", means sexual immorality in general, while others say that the word only describes sex outside of marriage. In the following ...
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In Romans 5:9 why does not say “all” but “many”? [duplicate]

“By one man’s disobedience many were made sinners” (Rom. 5:19). Why does not say "all" but "many"?
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In Leviticus 12:5, why is the purification process for childbirth of a female baby double that of a male baby?

I was reading some of Jacob Milgrom's Leviticus commentary and I am a bit stumped as to what to make of the purification process, and how to explain the disparity between the length of purification ...
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Does Hebrews 13:8 verse evidence that sins of Enoch and Elijah are cleared by Jesus Christ's death? [duplicate]

It used to confuse me as to how Elijah's and Enoch's "rapture" ( for lack of a better term to describe that they did Not die a physical death on earth ) happened before Jesus Christ's death by ...
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What did Paul mean when he said, “he became sin” for us?

What did Paul mean when he said, "he became sin" for us (2 Corinthians 5:21)? For it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree!" (Deuteronomy 21:23; Galatians 3:13).
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What does “you can rule over it” in Genesis 4.7 mean?

In Gensis 4.7 we read (in relationship to Cain and Abel and ruling over sin) "If thou doest well, shall it not be lifted up? and if thou doest not well, sin coucheth at the door; and unto thee is its ...
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In Romans 8:3 what does it mean that God “condemned the sin in the flesh”?

English Standard Version Romans 8:3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the ...
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What does εποιησεν, 'made', mean in II Corinthians 5:21?

In II Corinthians 5:21, we read : τον γαρ με γνοντα αμαρτιαν υπερ ημων αμαρτιαν εποιησεν ινα ημεις γινωμεθα δικαιοσυνη θεου εν αυτω [TR - Majority Text - Stephens 1550 from EGNT] for him who knew not ...
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In 2 Samuel did God cause Absalom to sin?

When David committed adultery with Bathsheba and killed her husband Uriah the Hittite, God said that this would be his punishment: 11Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee ...
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In Romans 8:2 what is “the law of sin and death”?

Interlinear: http://biblehub.com/text/romans/8-2.htm BSB Romans 8:2For in Christ Jesus the law [principle] of the Spirit [breath] of life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
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What did Jesus mean when he said, Forgive them “for they know not what they do”?

Luke 23:34 (DRA) (emphasis added) 34 And Jesus said: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. But they, dividing his garments, cast lots. Addressing the Father, Jesus acknowledges ...
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Genesis 2 and 3 - Why was nudity suddenly a shame for Adam?

Genesis 2 Adam was created from mud, and Eve was created from one of Adam's ribs. Both had remained naked in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and ...
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Luke: In What Sense is “Repentance” Required for Salvation?

Note: A Comment by Gina pointed out a presupposed definition of repentance that I had not addressed in the original question, and now corrected here. Luke 24:47 - and that repentance | μετάνοιαν for ...
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Are the “indecent acts” (NIV) or “men with men working” (KJV) in Ro. 1:27 referring to specific acts or all acts with the same sex? [duplicate]

I was asked if anal sex is a sin, and I could not find any biblical reference of indication either way. The closest I could find was Ro. 1:27; "committing indecent acts (the shameless deed NASB)." ...
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In John 1:29, is there a “the sin” of the world?

John the Baptist said Jesus would take away the sin of the world: On the next day he sees Jesus coming toward him. And he says, “Look— the Lamb of God, the One taking-away the sin of the world. (John ...
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What does being “dead in the trespasses and sins” mean in Ephesians 2:1?

Can you explain the meaning of the phrase "dead in the trespasses and sins" in Ephesians 2:1? Is this an idiom? Or is it part of an overarching theology in New Testament, the Epistles, or whole bible? ...