What exactly constitutes a sin?

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    Simple:

    Any lack of conformity to the perfect moral standard of God is sin.
     
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    Sounds like a rational explanation.

    What God are you referring to? There are hundreds of thousands of them?
     
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    There is only one God.
     
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    Ok, here's my definition of sin, from a Biblical standpoint. I think a Biblical standpoint is appropriate as you don't usually hear people outside Christianity, Judaism, and Islam refer to sin very often, and the three religions have very similar rules concerning sin.

    Things you do:
    God has commanded us not to do certain things. Doing those things is a sin. These things can be found in the Ten Commandments and some of the letters Paul sent to the churches, most notably the letters to the Corinthians and Galatians.

    Things you say:
    There are some things God has ordered us not to say. Saying those things is sin. Such things include swearing, slander, and taking his name in vain.

    Things you don't do:
    Sometimes we sin by our inaction. Failing to intervene on the behalf of others and failure to stop wrong-doers, given the chance, are sins.

    In brief, sinning is any action or deliberate inaction that goes against the commandments of God.
     
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    I believe no 'action' is a sin...Sin is a condition of the heart/spirit. The best example I can show which points to that is:

    "...Look - when you see a hot woman, think to yourself 'MAN! Would I like to get a piece of THAT', you've already sinned because you've nailed her 'in your heart'" - Jesus

    Just as we cannot be saved thru simple works, I believe we don't sin from works...rather, the works are the result of our salvation, or sin.

    we can also sin against eachother - in spite of, or regardless of what God tells us... :(
     
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    YOU SINNER!
     

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    any behavior that will come back to bite you in the ass
     
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    Farting in bed is a sin.
     
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    I don't wanna nail her - just hang out with her :D
     
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    Right....that is the "official" story.

    :rolleyes:
     

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