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What Is A Mortal Sin

What is a mortal sin? I thought sin was sin and the penalty was death. Now are there different levels of sin or is this just another false teaching?

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Hello,I am wondering for example if this was true, someone we knew he liked get involved ONLY married women,they said he was warned time & time again, No avail kept got involved again over & over married women.They left went far away,kept up another one, he was killed in broad day light!
could have been God justice for mortal sins? adultery?
---Lidia4796 on 8/20/13


Just to get the context corrected, the sin unto death is a sin so grave that God puts an end to the persons physical life. No intercessory prayer will be effective fo those who committed such deliberate high handed sin. God's disciplines with physical death is inevitable in such cases as He seeks to preserve the purity of His Church (1 Cor.5:5-7). The contrast to the phrase "there is sin leading to death" with "there is sin not leading to death, signifies that the writer distinguishes between sins that may lead to physical death and those that do not. This is not to identify a certain kind of mortal or non-mortal sin, but to say not all sins are so judged by God.
---Mark_V. on 3/4/13


1 John 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin [which is] not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.

That sin unto death, is rejecting God, turning away from God, or as we prefer to say: Matthew 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy [against] the [Holy] Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
---francis on 3/2/13


The Catechism of the Catholic Church says in paragraph 1446 that, "Christ instituted the sacrament of Penance for all sinful members of his Church: above all for those who, since Baptism, have fallen into grave sin, and have thus lost their baptismal grace and wounded ecclesial communion. It is to them that the sacrament of Penance offers a new possibility to convert and to recover the grace of justification. The Fathers of the Church present this sacrament as "the second plank [of salvation] after the shipwreck which is the loss of grace.""

According to Pope John Paul II the Catechism of the Catholic Church "is given as a sure and authentic reference text for teaching Catholic doctrine."
---JoeCath on 3/2/13


There is only one kind of sin. They are all equal in God's eyes, according to the Bible. That sin is disobedience. Not doing what He commands.
---frances on 2/8/08




Cherrie::There are 4 types of sin
1 original--sin of First parents
2 Venial ---Trivial transgresion.
3Mortal.This needs 3 requirements a)grevious matter.2) Perfect Knowledge .3) Full consent of the conscious mind
4 Unforgiveable sin :defamation against the Holy Spirit.
---Emcee on 2/8/08


John, you did not explain how I misinterpreted the scriptures. You gave me a long testamony on how you did my Church a favour by removing a spiritually dead priest from Christ's flock. To that end, I thank you and ask you to keep up the good work. I also challenge you to pull as many priests and bishops out of my Church as you can. For if they are incapable of defending their own faith then they do not deserve to be in a position of authority within the Catholic Church.
---lorra8574 on 5/3/07


John, if you wish to discuss scripture, please do so with scripture and not just personal feelings. Remember that nothing feels better than sin to a sinner. And few know the Bible better than a heretic or the Devil himself. And no one has a greater belief in God than the Devil who left Him. But Christians should know what feels better than sin, and should know the Bible better than all others, and our faith in Christ should be stronger than mere belief.
---lorra8574 on 5/3/07


Eloy, I believe that your right. Jesus said in the Gospel of John, that there is ONLY ONE SIN that cannot be forgiven, and that is blasphamy against the Holy Spirit.
---Peter on 4/11/07


Eloy- Thanks for the input. That is the only sin were there is no forgiveness. Jesus Himself, said that. So in the light of that, the Catholic view cannot be right.
---Elaine on 4/11/07




I John 5:16,17 talks about praying for those not blaspheming the Holy Spirit. In Greek it reads: "If anyone sees the brother of him offending an offense not with regard to death, appeal and give him life, them offending not with regard to death. Stands an offense with regard to death; not about it do I say pray for that: All unrighteousness being an offense, yet stands an offense not with regard to death."
---Eloy on 4/10/07


Johaness. Let me guess, your Catholic.
---Phil on 4/10/07


Catholics always use that scripture, but it doesn't wash. Read what the Catholic Church really says about mortal and venial sins. It's got nothing to do with what's in 1 John chapter 5 at all. Go research it. Then tell us who is twisting the srciptures. Catholics don't even know what's in their doctrines.
---Jess on 4/10/07


According to the Bible there are levels of sin read 1 John 5:16-17 If anyone sees his brother commiting what is not a mortal sin, he will ask, and God will give him life for those whose sin is not mortal. There is sin which is Mortal. I do not say that one is to pray for that. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin which is not mortal.
---Johannes on 4/10/07


Lorra, I cannot help you because you have your mind made up. I explained these scriptures that you have taken out of context. God will not force you to do anything. It is out of my hands.
---John on 4/10/07


John, I respond with the scriptures, yet I am denounced for my Church. Not all my posts make it onto this site, but even the ones that do are often scripture based. If you can refute the scriptures then do so. If you cannot then admit it. But why blame my Church, when it is the Bible that I am using here.
---lorra8574 on 4/10/07


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.ramon, read my posts, I have given and do give many scriptures backing up all that I preach, and many times I preach it raw, unadorned, and straight from his mouth. As I have written previously in this posting. Please Read James 2:10.
---Eloy on 4/10/07


There are no mortal and venial sins. God bless Catholics, but they are missled. The Buddhists have the larget religion in the World - It's not the way. The Catholic Church is the larget Christian type religion in the world - It's not the way. The more elaborate the church, it seems to be the wrong way. I have found the power of God working in the small churches more than any other church. When Jesus was born, He wasn't surrounded by royalty. They found Him in the humblest of settings. The truth is there.
---former_Catholic. on 4/10/07


God bless the Catholics, but their religion is leading them in wrong places. Too many religious needless things that God did not say to do. God loves us all and want's us to come to the truth in Jesus Christ. All sin is unto death to the one's who don't know Christ. Sin is Sin.
---benny on 4/10/07


*Welcome to the world of anti-Catholicism.*

You see Augusta, I don't see why everyone talking about the Catholic Church, the Bible said there are different kinds of sins.

Just because the Catholic Church teaches this, does it mean its false?

John wrote 1 John 5:14-17, thus people have to fight with John. And notice, those who said there are no different types of sins and start talking about the Catholic Church, have not given one Scripture to back that up.
---Ramon on 4/9/07


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1.Lorra, you have a lot of Catholic knowledge, but it won't help. Your church is letting you down and not telling you everything. About 25 years ago when I left the Catholic church and got saved, God put it strong on my heart to witness to my Ex Pastor (Father Tom). I didn't want to do it, but God made it clear. I didn't obey at first. I waited a couple of months. I was afraid because father Tom was a tough spirited man, and I was a baby Christian. Another month went by. I did not want to do this.
---John on 4/9/07


2. I was even trying to reason in my mind why I shouldn't do this. I was thinking, "He must be saved, he's a priest". Remember, I was a baby Christian. I said to God, " Lord if you really want me to witness to this priest let me know for sure some way. That night, I had a distinct dream of the priest lying on his death bed and I was standing up at the foot of the bed facing him, with an open Bible, ministering to him. I still didn't obey God.
---John on 4/9/07


3. A few more weeks went by and I was collecting donations for the "American Heart Association", and the Catholic Church was on the list. I went to the rectory and there he was, father Tom. The spirit of the Lord came down upon me and I knew what to say. I asked him if he knew that Jesus Christ was the only way to eternal life. He gave me the most hateful look that anyone has ever given me. He yelled and shouted at me, and told me that I was a heritic for leaving the Catholic Church.
---John on 4/9/07


4. I stood firm though and did what God wanted. I shook the dust off my feet and left. I thought that I failed. But I prayed.
6 months later he got Born Again, praise God. left the Catholic Church and went into the missionary field! I know that I was not obediant right off, but God gave me His undeserved grace and still worked through this unworthy vessel. I had a real experience with God.
---John on 4/9/07


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5. He has since done other wonderful things in me. I will not lie. This is real and when I was a Cahtolic I did not know this spiritual realm exsisted. As far as 1 John 5:14-17 is concerned, back up a couple of verses to 1 John 5: 12. This sin unto death is sinning, not under the covering of Jesus, because one willfully practices sin without true repentance. The sin not unto death is when believers sin, but they have an advocate in Christ. Don't believe me, seek God with your whole heart. God bless.
---John on 4/9/07


It's a foolish doctrine of mortal and venial sins. This was invented in the minds of Catholic men of the 4th century. I was a Catholic, until I found out they were lying to me. Many Catholics think that they have special privilages with God, but they don't. They must be born again, and then their eyes will be open, and they will know. If your not born again, you cannot enter the Kingdom of God, and you cannot know the spiritual things of God, so your opinion is useless on spiritual matters.
---Sherill on 4/9/07


.john, the greek word "meizona in John 19:11 is more accurately translated "more". Just as it is translated "more" in Matthew 20:31 and James 4:6 in the KJV. It has to do with quantity, rather than degree. Sin is sin, and there is no such thing as a little sin and a big sin. To God you are either holy or unholy and there is no inbetween. Please read James 2:10. Any unforgiven sin results in hell fire, there's not a little hell fire and bigger hell fire, only hell fire for all sin.
---Eloy on 4/9/07


.john, the greek word "meizona in John 19:11 is more accurately translated "more". Just as it is translated "more" in Matthew 20:31 and James 4:6 in the KJV. It has to do with quantity, rather than degree. Sin is sin, and there is no such thing as a little sin and a big sin. To God you are either holy or unholy and there is no inbetween. Please read James 2:10. Any unforgiven sin results in hell fire, there's not a little hell fire and bigger hell fire, only hell fire for all sin.
---Eloy on 4/9/07


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1 John 5:14-17. Catholics did not invent this - apparently John did, if you accept that he was inspired, then Jesus did.

For a sin to be mortal, it has to be serious, intentional, and done with free will. If any of the above are not met, then it is not a sin that kills, as in merits damnation. No sin is good, or acceptable to God, but Jesus died for our sins and gave us the means to remain pure and to enter Heaven. Mortal sins are a rejection of God's grace. 2 Peter 2:20-22.
---lorra8574 on 4/9/07


john, your not getting the point here. Of course murder is a worse sin than stealing a pack of chewing gum, for example. Anybody knows that, but to God sin is sin when it comes to what Jesus did on the cross for us. There is no way we could ever pay for any sin.. Jesus accomplished that at the cross. There are no such things as venial and mortal sins . These are Catholic made terms, I was Catholic. To God sin is sin because it doesn't matter what sin that we commit, without Jesus, a person goes to Hell.
---John on 4/9/07


What did Jesus say about sin?
John 19:11. "....he that delivered me to you has the GREATER sin."
The false doctrine then is that all sin is sin and it's all the same. It's not all the same. There are obviously greater and lesser ones even though it's all sin.
---john on 4/8/07


It really joys my heart to see so many ex-catholics here, or to be politically correct, so many pro-Christians that have come to the saving grace of our Lord Salvation Jesus Christ. My prayer is for every solitary person lost in any religion to come out of it and to become truly a saved and born-again Christian. For it is the Father's desire and truly mine for all to turn to Christ Jesus and become saved.
---Eloy on 4/7/07


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Ramon writes: Why is everyone here talking about the Catholic Church? According to the Bible, there are different types of sins.**

Pretty irrational isn't it?

Welcome to the world of anti-Catholicism.
---augusta on 4/7/07


Eric, you said..."They all can't help you, Only God can, through His son Jesus Christ". PRAISE GOD!

This is true, remember that.
---John on 4/7/07


1. Jesus and Paul the Apostle made it clear that the penalty for sin is death. That means if you sin once and it's the smallest sin that you can imagine, without Jesus, you die a second death and go to Hell for eternity. There are none of these venial and mortal sins. To God sin is sin. You need Jesus. I was Catholic for over 30 years. The Catholic Church is lying to you. Even most priests don't know. They lied to them too for hundreds of years.
---Eric on 4/6/07


2. The Pope, God bless him, he doesn't even know what is happening in the true spiritual world. They all can't help you. Only God can, through His son Jesus Christ.
---Eric on 4/6/07


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I agree, some poeple are stubborn and they refuse to change. I was a Catholic for a lot of years because I was stubborn and refused to change. I didn't want to hear it as far as someone putting my chuch down, but I was wrong. God showed me His truth and I'm different now. I really got baptised this time and it was wonderful! I truly live for Jesus. I'm praying for you Catholics because I thought just like you. I won't even pray for you to leave your church. I will let God show you, His truth. Praise God!
---Steve on 4/6/07


Why is everyone here talking about the Catholic Church? According to the Bible, there are different types of sins. If one read the Bible carefully, they will know that there different kinds of sins. Some are greater than others. Some, like worrying, are not in any list that will cause one to go hell. Believers must keep mind, however, that even the less serious sins, can lead to spiritual death.
---Ramon on 4/6/07


Ramon::That was an excellent testimony But see how many take it to heart with each being his guidance councillor.The "MY church"matt16:17-19 does not preach False People are stubborn & do not wish to change they are complacent.
---Emcee on 4/6/07


Mortal sin is a Catholic term. Don't believe a Catholic on this and a lot of issues. Just get a King James Bible and find out the whole truth and nothing but the whole truth. The Catholic Church loves to complicate things with so many unnessary things that God has nothing to do with. How do I know this, because I was a Catholic for a lot of years and then got born again. God bless you Cherri.
---Donald on 4/6/07


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Catholics believe in these lies. It's not entirely their fault, that's what they have been taught down through the centuries, like I once was. To God, sin is sin. It really saddens me to still see Catholics believing in all of these things God hates. I say this to people of any religion, DO NOT BELIEVE ANY RELIGION, ONLY BELIEVE GOD. Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father!
---John on 4/6/07


Sin may be sin and the wages are death but there are surely more and less severe punishments for certain ones. God does consider adultery to be more serious than telling a bad joke. You didn't get stoned for telling the joke but you did for adultery. There are 7 things that are an abomination to God. He considers those sins worse than others.
---john on 4/6/07


Mortal sin is somewhat weigh a great level in all types of wrong doings.

In the eyes of God sins are sins none major nor minor. It needs to be forgiven if one desires to ask for forgiveness.
Everyone should bow down to ask forgiveness for whatever sins committed no level of high or low in the presence of God.

When one teaches against the doctrine of truth then is a false teaching.
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---edna8476 on 4/6/07


What is a mortal sin? The penalty for all sin is death.

Now are there different levels of sin? No.

The consequences for sin in this life vary based on the principle of seed time & harvest, for the Father is not mocked. Whatsoever ever a man sows, that shall he also reap. However one particular sin is simply unforgivable.
---joseph on 4/6/07


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A MORTAL SIN is a sin unto death. That means a sin which is unforgiveable. There are a few and denying the Holy Ghost is the principle such offense.
---Robert on 4/5/07


2 Venial ---Trivial transgresion...

Is there such a thing as TRIVIAL sin? Brings to mind the concept of LITTLE WHITE lies, a justification of sorts, implying that some things are really not all that bad. Very dangerous.
---christina on 4/6/07


All sins are not the same in their effect on our immortal souls. Some sins are greater than others (Jn. 19:11).

The Bible generally distinguishes between different kinds of sins: unintentional sins (Lev 4:2, 13, 22; 5:4-6), less serious sins that do not lead to death (spiritual) (Mat 5:19; 1 John 5:7), and some deliberate sins that lead to spiritual death (1 John 5:16).
---Ramon on 4/6/07


#2. John wrote, "If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death (spiritually), he shall ask, and he shall give life for them that sin not unto death (spiritually). There is a sin unto death (spiritually): I do not say that he shall pray for it. All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death (spiritually) (1 John 5:16-17).

John distinguishes between two types of sin 1) Less serious sins that do not immediately lead to spiritual death.
---Ramon on 4/6/07


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#3. 2)sins so terrible that they indicate a purposeful rebellion against God, His grace in Christ and His Word, resulting from or leading to spiritual death and separation from the life of God.

Believers must keep in mind, however, that all sin, even the less serious ones, can lead to a weakening of spiritual life, to a rejection of the Holy Spirit's leading, and thus, eventually to spiritual death (Rom 6:15-23; 8:5-13). So yes, according to the Bible, there are different types of sin
---Ramon on 4/6/07


In God's eyes sin is sin. There are not diferrent levels of sin, that is cult teaching.
---Helen_5378 on 4/6/07


James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
---scripture on 4/5/07


Sin is sin. No matter how small the sin is or how big the sin is, it is still a sin. There isn't different levels of sin. If you steal a piece of gum or kill someone there both sins. The punishment will be different, but it is still a sin. Jeff expained it very well.
---Rebecca_D on 4/5/07


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Catholics believe in these degrees of sin. So many untruths there. The Catholic Church surely perverts the meaning of the Gospel. Their Bible says one thing and then they go completely against it in another book, AND THEY DON'T SEE IT. Why, because the devil has these blinders on their spiritual eyes. It's like a spiritual brainwashing. It really is the power of the devil putting a cloak over the truth. Satan is more evil than anyone can imagine. Believe God. Former Catholic
---Gary on 4/5/07


1. All sin is mortal. God see's sin as sin. Without Jesus Christ we will go to hell for eternity for the smallest of sin. I was a Catholic and the church told us from the time I can remember until I left the Catholic Church at 37 years old, that there are venial sins and mortal sins. This is false teaching. It's a lie from the pit of Hell, so you will always be missled. You must be born again, for sure, to clearly see this.
---Jeff on 4/5/07


2. God cannot look upon sin. This is why He turned His head when Jesus cried out to Him from the cross. Jesus took on the sins of the world, even though He never sinned. Now when God looks upon us He sees the blood that was shed by His son for us. "If I'm lyin I'm dyin" because that's exactly the way it is. Read your Bible and let the Holy Spirit show you. Cry out to God for His truth! He's faithful. God bless you all.
---Jeff on 4/5/07


According to the Bible, sin is sin. Mortal sin, venial sin, that is taught in the Catholic church.
---Madison1101 on 4/5/07


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