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

I don't understand

jwmcmac said, "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.'" But in the next paragraph said, "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."

I don't see how you reconcile the belief that "Christ's own only acceptable Sacrifice" for sin can be co-mingled with human penance especially a penance which is offered to remit the debt of sin for another.

To say that "Many souls go to hell because there is no one to pray or do penance for them" implies at least five errors.

1) that a person can expiate sin short of giving his life

2) that a person can offer themselves in penance for another

3) that Christ's sacrifice was not the "only acceptable sacrifice"

4) that Christ's sacrifice was not sufficient payment for our sins

5) that perhaps escaping hell is based simply on whether or not our sin debt has been paid

If this is what you are saying, that is Protestant heresy. Perhaps you could back-up and answer the primary question of this thread--What is sin?

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