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Questions tagged [sin]

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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What was considered the age of accountability for sin?

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 passages, where the word ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. (...
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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? ...
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Is Romans 7:17,20 excusing the true believer from weakness which leads to sin?

Romans 7:17 New King James Version (NKJV) But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. Romans 7:20 New King James Version (NKJV) Now if I do what I will not to do, it is ...
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In 2 Corinthians 5:21, what is the meaning of “sin for us”? [duplicate]

In 2 Cor. 5:21, is there any basis for the translation “sin for us” with the meaning that Jesus was made (incarnated) in “sinful flesh” (flesh subject to temptation, able to be tempted)? He could not ...
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Does being “least in the kingdom” signify hell in Matt 5:19?

(NET) Matt 5:19 So anyone who breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever obeys them and teaches others to do ...
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Why was Israel responsible for David's sin? [duplicate]

According to 2 Samuel 24:1: ... the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them ... Then, David counted the number of Israel. However, it was David's fault. Why ...
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What does “lawful” mean in Paul's phrase “all things are lawful”?

I see several ways to understand the meaning of Paul's phrase "all things are lawful" in 1 Cor 6:12 and 1 Cor 10:23. "Lawful" could refer to: Things not specifically forbidden in the Bible; one ...
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Why was the serpent punished since it was only “used” by Satan?

The serpent was created by God. It couldn't be Lucifer since it is listed as a "wild animal...God has made." And Lucifer isn´t an animal. What kind of serpent are we talking about here? Gn 3:1a (...
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How do I interpret Matthew 5:28?

Matthew 5:28 is notorious on setting standards for committing adultery in our hearts: Mat 5:27 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' Mat 5:28 But I say to you ...
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Leviticus says animal sacrifice will cleanse you from your sins. Hebrews says it's impossible. What does “clean” mean?

Leviticus 16: 2The Lord said...6Aaron is to offer the bull for his own sin offering to make atonement for himself and his household...9 Aaron shall bring the goat whose lot falls to the Lord and ...
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Are there parallels for when Jesus wrote with his finger on the ground?

In John 8:6-8 says that Jesus wrote on the ground. I'm interested is there some parallel in Bible with that act? What does it signifies? Is it something like prophetic act, or some ancient Jewish "...
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What is sacred prostitution?

What is the "sacred prostitution" mentioned in Deuteronomy 23:17 and then in I Kings 14:24? They mention it is something awful, but I cannot imagine what it is in the first place.
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What does “Be angry but don't sin” mean? [duplicate]

EPH4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: This is a slightly different version than I am used to seeing. Or maybe I am used to seeing this misquoted or taken out of ...
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By the phrase “οὔτε ἐν τῷ μέλλοντι”, was Jesus saying that there are sins that could be forgiven after death?

Reading Matthew 12:32 at face value, it seems that it's telling us that forgiveness can be obtained after death but Jesus won't contradict himself in Luke 16:20-25 (I mean, the rich man could easily ...
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If Adam wasn't deceived but Eve (1 Timothy 2:14), then, why did sin enter not by Eve but by Adam (Romans 5:12)? [closed]

If Adam wasn't deceived but Eve (1 Timothy 2:14), then, why did sin enter not by Eve but by Adam (Romans 5:12)? 1 Timothy 2:14 (NIV) And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was ...
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Why do the apostles suggest that the blind man could have sinned before his birth in John 9:2?

In John 9, upon seeing the man born blind, his disciples ask Jesus, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”(ESV) Was it a widely held belief among first century ...
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Why did God accept Abel's offering but reject Cain's?

Gen 4:3-7 details the account of Cain and Abel's offerings to God. Why did God accept Abel's Sacrifice but not Cain's? I have come up with the following possibilities but not sure which is right. ...
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What is the “evil” Paul keeps doing in Romans 7:19?

Paul confesses that he has the desire to do what is good, but that he cannot carry it out. Quoting NIV 1984: Romans 7:19: For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to ...
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What is the correct translation of ἁμαρτίαν in 2 Corinthians 5:21? What did God make Jesus?

The Greek text of 2 Cor. 5:21 has been translated in various ways: τὸν γὰρ μὴ γνόντα ἁμαρτίαν ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν ἁμαρτίαν ἐποίησεν ἵνα ἡμεῖς γινώμεθα δικαιοσύνη θεοῦ ἐν αὐτῷ If the translation of ἁμαρτίαν ...
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Sin vs trespass vs transgression [closed]

Reading through Leviticus, I am once again faced with a question I have not found a satisfactory answer to over the years: What is the difference between sin vs. trespass vs. transgression? There ...
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Does Paul believe that God sandbagged the Jews with a law they couldn't keep?

In Galatians 3:10, Paul says: "For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed be every one who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, and do ...
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What does Paul mean by “everything that does not come from faith is sin”?

In Romans 14 Paul says: But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin. (Romans 14:23, NIV) What does ...
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What is the meaning of 'said' and 'whispered' from Luke 12:2,3?

Luke 12:2,3 2: There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3: What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you ...
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Does Solomon say that trades, where lifting and carrying are involved, are a punishment for sin?

Ecclesiastes 2:24-25 There is no one who has tried to enjoy life more than I have. And this is what I learned: The best thing people can do is eat, drink, and enjoy the work they must do. I ...