What is Sin?

I've heard so many competing definitions, and I'd really like to have a solid answer--what is sin?

Can Christians live above it?
Are Christians forgiven when they do it?
Do Christians lose salvation when they commit it?

If you've a good answer, please share it.

jwmcmac's picture

jqlogan said: "However, sin

jqlogan said:

"However, sin separates us from God. It causes enmity in our hearts against God and renders us incapable of submitting to God's will. If we will not give up the sin then in reality we love the sin more than God (righteousness). God will plead with us until it is apparent that the cords of affection for sin have bound us so tightly that we refuse to give them up. We have basically chosen sin over God and God will honor our choice. In truth, we ignore the voice of the Holy Spirit so many times that it grows weaker and weaker until it can no longer be heard. When it can no longer work with us then it is withdrawn.

Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
Matt 12:31 (KJV)"

jwmcmac comments:

Well said, Jq . . . and all true enough . . .

I will add one thing . . .

in regards to Our Lady of Fatima . . . which is not binding on Faith . . . but which makes sense . . . none-the-less . . . as Her message is simply . . . Repent and Believe and do whatever HE Tells you.

Our Blessed Mother is reported to have said . . . "Many souls go to hell because there is no one to pray or do penance for them."

We can, in union with CHRIST, offer our sufferings and Sacrifices and Prayers for others in need . . . and through our Union with JESUS . . . and through the Grace offered to us through HIS Church . . . we can apply these sufferings and Sacrifices in Union with CHRIST's own only acceptable Sacrifice . . . offering these to the benefit of our Brothers who are not offering these for themselves.

We are a 'priestly' people after all . . . which entails . . . offering Sacrifice for the sins of men . . . in Union with the One High Priest WHO is JESUS CHRIST.

Saint James Chapter 5:

"16 Confess therefore your sins one to another: and pray one for another, that you may be saved. For the continual prayer of a just man availeth much.

17 Elias was a man passible like unto us: and with prayer he prayed that it might not rain upon the earth, and it rained not for three years and six months.

18 And he prayed again: and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

19 My brethren, if any of you err from the truth, and one convert him:

20 He must know that he who causeth a sinner to be converted from the error of his way, shall save his soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of sins.

Commentary from the Douay . . .

16 "Confess therefore your sins one to another"... That is, to the priests of the church, whom (ver. 14) he had ordered to be called for, and brought in to the sick; moreover, to confess to persons who had no power to forgive sins, would be useless. Hence the precept here means, that we must confess to men whom God hath appointed, and who, by their ordination and jurisdiction, have received the power of remitting sins in his name."

Now, I'm pretty sure others, who are not of a Catholic mind . . . would interpret James Differently . . . all well and good . . . but we can . . . and we should . . . pray one for another . . . and it will availeth much good for both our soul and, Hopefully, for the soul of the one for whom we pray.

BTW . . . Job did the same . . . for his family . . . prayed and offered Sacrifice for them . . .

GOD Bless us all.