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: "But isn't the

jqlogan said:

"But isn't the question asking about those who remain alive and left behind? What are you thoughts on that perspective?"

jwmcmac comments:

I could guess what you are talking about here in restating some previous question . . . but I think you mis-stated the question this time . . . as I do not recall what this question might mean.

You are right . . . I mixed the two kinds of Saints together as one . . . and there is this distinguishment between the living saints and those who have already died and whose souls have been declared to already be in Heaven with the LORD and awaiting the Redemption of their bodies . . . we all being referred to as the Saints . . . as being members of the Church . . . but only those who have passed on can be declared once and for all as actually having been Saved and a Saint in Heaven forever with the LORD . . . and those who remain on this earth, we the saints of the living Church, having not yet arrived and passed the LORD's Judgement.

A Catholic Saint is a bit different the one from the other.

However . . .

The Catholic Saints to which I meant to refer, as you have stated are those who are dead in CHRIST and whose souls the Church declares to already be in the company of CHRIST in Heaven.

These Saints are held up by the Church as those who had achieved . . . while in this Life . . . the fullness of Grace and Union with CHRIST . . . living an exemplary Life of Grace and Devotion and Obedience and Virtue . . . of one sort or another by the specific example of their Life on earth . . . the Church promoting their extraordinary example of a Life Lived in Union with and in imitation of CHRIST . . . these showing forth in a special way . . . the very Virtuous Life of CHRIST HIMSELF.

The reason the Church cannot and will not declare a person a Saint until they have passed on to the next Life . . . is that this determination cannot be made until the person's Life has been sealed by their death . . . after which passing, there is nothing more which can be either gained or lost of the Unity with or of the lack of unity with CHRIST.

And then the Church can rule on the Life of this person . . . but only after much investigation and testimony . . . because . . . as you say . . . the Church does not want to make a mistake in such an important matter . . . not quite the importance as an article of Faith . . . but very important as to example and witness.

GOD Bless us all.