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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Why does God condition his divine intervention and mercy on intercessory prayer? Ezekiel 22:29-31

Ezekiel 22:29-31 (ESV): 29 The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy, and have extorted from the sojourner without justice. 30 And ...
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Did the lame man healed at the Pool of Bethesda tattle on Jesus to the Jews who were furious at him for constantly breaking the rules of the Sabbath?

John 5 2Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes. 3In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, [...
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Why will drunkards not inherit the kingdom of God?

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (ESV): 9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who ...
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Is Paul communicating that all their future sins were forgiven in Colossians 2:13-14?

Exegetically, without bringing theology to the text, is Paul stating that all their sins, including future sins were forgiven in Colossians 2:13-14? Would the recipients of this letter understand "...
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Why does blood have to shed for purification and forgiveness of sins? Hebrews 9:22

I'm trying to make sense and reach a deeper understanding of the concept of blood shedding for the atonement of sins. I'm particularly interested in the why aspect of it. Hebrews 9 is an intriguing ...
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What is the knowledge of good and evil, and why is it lethal (Gen. 2:17)?

Following Adam's and Eve's disobedience, something profound occurred: Genesis 3:7: "Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves ...
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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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What Does 2 Corinthians 4:12 mean?

It’s confusing why Paul would say life is at work in the Corinthians but death is at work in him and in Timothy. Similar confusion about 2 Cor 13:9 which is the one NIV cross-reference. Is he talking ...
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What does 2 Corinthians 4:10-11 mean?

What does this mean? 2 Cor 4:10-11 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given ...
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Are 1 John 1:8 and 1 John 3:9 contradictory?

In 1 John 1:8, John says If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. And in chapter 3, verse 9, he says Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his ...
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Does Romans 5:12 say that we inherit the sin of Adam and Eve?

Romans 5:12 New International Version Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people because all sinned It seems that we ...
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Is Leviticus 12 saying that giving birth to a child is a sin?

I was reading Leviticus and saw that a woman, after she gives birth, would be unclean. Leviticus 12:1-2 (NIV) 1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Say to the Israelites: ‘A woman who becomes pregnant and ...
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Does the promise "he will save his people from their sins" in Matthew 1:21 entail victory over sin (holiness) or just forgiveness of sins?

Matthew 1:21 (ESV): 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Does the aforementioned verse promise freedom from the bondage of sin or ...
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Are Gentiles born with a sinful nature or not? Ephesians 2:1-3 vs. Romans 2:12-16

Ephesians 2:1-3 (ESV): And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is ...
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Who was blotted out of which book in Exodus 32:33?

After God led the Israelites out of Egypt, and the Israelites subsequently worshiped the golden calf for leading them out of Egypt, Moses went before the Lord, simultaneously outraged and concerned: ...
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How are we to understand Jesus' words in Matthew 7:21-23, and how do they apply to us today?

Christ speaks some very harsh words in the Gospel of Matthew: Matthew 7:21-23: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who ...
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"blashemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven" -- Is "forgiven" the best word for what is meant?

Matthew 12:30-32: “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the ...
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Sin Vs Transgression: is there a technical difference? Lev 16:16 "uncleannesses, transgressions, all their sins"

What is the basic difference between sin vs. transgression? khata or chata/ḥāṭā and pesha Take for example Lev 16:16 ESV to be specific about the various words describing sin: Thus he shall make ...
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What did Paul mean by "and give no opportunity to the devil" in Ephesians 4:27? Give no opportunity for what?

Ephesians 4:17-31 (ESV) 17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, ...
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Is Psalm 106:14-15 referring to general overall quasi-collective summarization of Israelites numerous quarrels with God Or is it more specific?

I might be just asking the obvious or maybe I'm just being unnecessarily nit-picky but which plague among the Israelites is Psalm 106:14-15 discussing about? The surrounding scripture verses (Psalm ...
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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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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 are ...
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Are Jesus (Matt 5:27-30) and Paul (Rom 8:1-17) teaching different approaches to overcoming the sin of lust?

Matthew 5:27-30 (ESV): 27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery ...
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James 2:10 pertains to breaking the law as viewed from a holistic perspective,& also has Nothing to say about degrees of severity of different sins

James 2:8-13 8 If, however, you are fulfilling the [a]royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9 But if you show partiality, you are ...
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Are all followers of Christ guaranteed to achieve complete sanctification or not? 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 vs. 2 Peter 2:20-22

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (ESV): 23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He ...
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Does living by the "law of the spirit" mean living by the law?

I ask this question as Paul seems to suggest that living a life of sin leads to death. Once we accept Jesus as our saviour we get the spirit that gives us life Once the spirit is in us we will stop ...
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Romans 7:9 ~ Why does Paul say the commandments were supposed to bring life but brought death

This question is on the premise that Paul is talking about Sinai Law as he refers to Adultery and Coveting. If not I will delete this question. Out of the 10 commandments only 3 are positive that we ...
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Romans 7:4-6 ~ Is Paul saying that once we believe in jesus we live by the spirit / essence / true meaning Law?

From the below verses I get an understanding that Earlier (Before Jesus resurrection) we were sinful and were further condemned by the law. We tried our best to obey the law but failed After we ...
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Romans 6:18 ~ Is Paul saying that once we die to Law and accept Jesus and be resurrected in his resurrection we will sin less / Some become sinless?

Is my understanding right? The reason I ask is as below. This is exactly what Tanakh says about the Messiah, that there will be truth, harmony, peace and everyone will know about the G-d and the ...
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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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Romans 5:13 which Law is Paul referring to

When I read the below verse, I am unclear which Law Paul is Talking about. Is he refering to the Law on Mount Sinai? Cain was punished even before the law was given The whole earth was punished ...
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Is God assigning equal importance to the new moons, the Sabbaths, and the holy convocations in Isaiah 1:13-14?

Isaiah 1:12-17 (ESV): 12 “When you come to appear before me, who has required of you this trampling of my courts? 13 Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and ...
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"What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!" - what is meant by sin in the context of Romans 6:15?

Romans 6:15-23 (ESV): 15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are ...
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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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Can a person lose their salvation according to 2 Peter 2:20-22?

2 Peter 2:20-22 (ESV): 20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end ...
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What does 'for' mean in 1 Corinthians 15:3?

1 Corinthians 15:3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, Some possibilities I can think of: 'directly because of': ...
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Why were Ananias and Sapphira not given a chance to repent? Acts 5:1-11

Acts 5:1-11 (ESV): But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, 2 and with his wife's knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of ...
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When did the concept that Leviticus laws no longer apply to Christians first become common, and what scripture supports it? [closed]

I've heard many times that many of the probitions in Leviticus that Jewish people continue to abide by don't apply to Christians. I've further heard a claim that the laws were broken up into 3 types, ...
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Same punishment or different punishments? Luke 12:42-48 vs Luke 13:1-5

Luke 12:42-48 (NIV) seems to support different degrees of punishment: 42 The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them ...
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Why did David not just make a sacrifice for his sins ? (Psalm 25:11,18) Why did he seek pardon directly from God?

In Psalm 25 (A Psalm of David) David expresses trust in God (v1), he requests the Lord to shew him, to teach him (v4), to lead him (v5) and to remember him (v6). Then he asks the Lord not to remember ...
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In Numbers 30:15 - Does the Husband become "sinful" when revoking His wife's prohibitions?

In [Numbers 30], a punishment appears to be enforced upon an Israeli Husband who revokes his wife's vows to God. The Torah offers a merciful condition for a wife whose prohibitions [vows to God for ...
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Did death enter the animal kingdom as a consequence of the curses that God declared in retribution for sin after the Fall (Genesis 3)?

As retribution for sin, God declared a series of curses in Genesis 3. Below are some relevant quotes from the chapter: 14 The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you ...
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Reading from the book of the Acts of the Apostles (3,13-15.17-19)

In those days, Peter told the people: “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected before Pilate, when he had ...
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What is a reviler?

In the question Why will drunkards not inherit the kingdom of God?, the querent asks about drunkards. My question is about revilers (emphasis mine): 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (ESV): 9 Or do you not know ...
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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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Can a righteous person lose their salvation according to Ezekiel 33:12-16?

Ezekiel 33:12-16 (ESV): 12 “And you, son of man, say to your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him when he transgresses, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall ...
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How did the Lord 'put away' the sin of David? 2 Samuel 12:13

And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. [2 Samuel 12:13 KJV] How, and when, did the Lord 'put ...
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Did the sinful woman have a pre-crucifixion understanding of salvation? Luke 7:50 [closed]

Luke 7:48-50 (ESV): 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to ...
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Is there a possibility that Jesus in the whole Matthew 5:27-30 be talking about masturbation?

The subject may be a bit dark for the website but in plain view of reasoning, the line of reason is that: People who masturbate often look at women with lust. For masturbation to occur (in general) ...
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In 2 Peter 2:4, when did the angels sin?

“For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;” ‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭2:4‬ ‭ This is referencing a ...