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- v. Present participle of sin.
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- n. an act that is regarded by theologians as a transgression of God's will
- adj. transgressing a moral or divine law
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Q Is this what they call sinning by omission and not commission?
I don't like the word sin because to me sinning is about obeying some rules in the Bible or something, whereas I define good versus bad in terms of harms.
He was so wilful in sinning against his knowledge and convictions that any one might see, and say, that he designed no other than to provoke God in the highest degree.
God keeps an exact account of the time that people go on in sinning against him, and in grieving him by their sins; but at length, if they by their sins continue to grieve the Spirit of God, their sins shall be made grievous to their own spirits, either in a way of judgment or mercy.
As some of you may know, I submit quantities of pieces and sometimes I'm on target and sometimes I miss the mark (interestingly, "missing the mark" is one of the etymologies of "sinning" -- kind of interesting).
He also spoke about how American Evangelicals had egged on the Ugandan authorities with the Evangelical-propagated pseudo-scientific myth that homosexuality is a "chosen life-style" that can be "cured" by Jesus and/or therapy, and that therefore people who remain gay are gay because they choose to be and thus are "sinning" -- on purpose.
Consequently, he seems to be perplexed, and under necessity of sinning, which is not becoming.
It is not the physical action itself, he said, nor any imaginary injury to God, that constitutes sin, but rather the psychological element in the action, the intention of sinning, which is formal contempt of
The dream of an untainted love, the vision of unspotted youth and pure maiden, the glory of unbroken faith kept whole by man and wife in holy wedlock, the pride of stainless name and stainless race -- these things are not less high because there is a sublimity in the strength of a great sin which may lie the closer to our sympathy, as the sinning is the nearer to our weakness.
There the warning was that if there be not diligence in progressing, a falling off will take place, and apostasy may ensue: here it is, that if there be lukewarmness in Christian communion, apostasy may ensue. if we sin -- Greek present participle: if we be found sinning, that is, not isolated acts, but a state of sin [Alford].
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