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.

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jqlogan said: "BTW,

jqlogan said:

"BTW, scripture teaches that we receive the benefits of Christ's sacrifice by faith and not by works. The gospel is perverted when human works are introduced as a requirement for receiving a gift which is bestowed by faith only. That gift must come by faith only because prior to being reconciled to the Father we are at war with Him and not capable of submitting to His will. It is only after we believe that Jesus has cleared our debt is our conscience free from the guilt of condemnation and we experience the love of God in our heart in appreciation for that free gift. That is the reconciliation spoken of in scripture. We do not reconcile ourselves, it is the work of Christ. Yet, we are not aware of God's forgiveness until we behold the Lamb of God slain for our sins and then believe that it benefits us personally. There is no human merit in any of this legal transaction."

jwmcmac comments:

Show me your Works . . . Faith without Works of Love are dead.

Show me your Love . . . Faith without Love is clanging cymbals.

Without Works of Love . . . Faith availeth nothing . . . Scripture says.

I'm not calling you 'vain' . . . but James may be . . .

Saint James Chapter 2:

"18 But some man will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my faith.

19 Thou believest that there is one God. Thou dost well: the devils also believe and tremble.

20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?"

Why do you ignore this obvious Truth?

Though Faith is essential to please God . . . without Works of Love . . . Faith is nothing and is not Salvific.

It appears to me that James is saying that Both Faith and Works are required and that one without the other availeth nothing.

GOD Bless you and us all.