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.

JeffLogan's picture

Oops! I was so sure

I may have read to much into your comment, "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.'"

I was thinking, now where does the Catholic church believe souls are before they go to hell that another person can do penance for their sins? Ah, Purgatory. Therefore, I was sure you were referring to praying for the dead.

"Iniquitas mentita est sibi"

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“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."