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

Is that a good answer

What is sin? Can Christians live above it?

jwmcmac said, "...We have Saints in the Church . . . so somewhere along the way they were able to live like Saints, by the Grace of GOD given through HIS Church."

Is that a valid answer? Haven't men who cannot read hearts elected these persons to sainthood? I think the fear that someone may mess up after being elected to sainthood has prevented anyone to be elected while still living. Even secular powers hesitate to name highways and buildings after living people and this, I believe, is from fear of the legacy which may afterward come.

Doesn't this prove that this answer does not address the question asked? I mean, even Paul tells us that sin has no power over a dead man. But I think this question is asking whether or not we actually die to sin in this lifetime. And, could anyone achieve that goal by effort without first believing that it is an attainable goal promised by God who backs it up with promises of His power to help us?

"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."