Are Atheists sinners?

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    Another thread brought up a thought. And yes I know that is dangerous, but anyway.
    If one does not believe in god or gods rules can they be a sinner?
    And yes I know they are by Christians definition but by their own views are they?

    And many sins are variable and religion based not god/bible based.
    For exa,m[l;e when I was 6 the church I grew up in thought going to movies was a sin, but by the time I was 18 it was not. 2 years after I left the church of course ;)
     
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    Yes, they are sinners. We are all sinners.

    Just because you don't recognize a law does not mean you can't or won't break it.

    "Geez, officer, I didn't know the State of Virginia had outlawed fuzz busters. I'm just passing through." I... er... he still broke the law.

    Immie

    PS the I in there is really only a joke. I do not own a fuzz buster and I do know about the law.
     
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    Any god that makes it a sin to eat lobster is an asshole god and doesn't deserve recognition.
     
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    everybody is, since many "sins" are sins of thought. EVerybody covets somethings, everybody has normal thoughts of having sex with someone they find attractive. Sins of thought are completely stupid, it should be all in the actions, since many times we just have thoughts and not something we purposely do.
     
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    but if one does not believe in God or that "sins" have no divine punishment?
     
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    I have a question

    What happens if you sin, then forget about it.

    I call those forgotten sins, and everybody that has them will go to Dante's Barbecue and Grill eventually!!
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNY8eYmzdH4]YouTube - The Rolling Stones Monkey Man[/ame]

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    What is sin?
     
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    If you go by basic Christian concepts, then yes Atheists are sinners because all have sinned and have fall short. So Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, and non-specific accordian players are all sinners too.

    It gets stickier when you start identifying specific sins as opinions about that will vary from religion to religion and even between various sects within each religion.

    My definition of sin is that which harms ourselves and/or others whether intentional, inadvertent, or unkowingly. And who among us has never done that?
     
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    Is knowledge sin? What happened to those guys that first claimed that the earth was not the center of our solar system or the universe?
     

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