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What Is Committing Sin?

Updated on March 29, 2019
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Clive Williams is an internet researcher and writer on many genres. He has a BSc. Degree in Information Systems.

What is Sin?
What is Sin?

What Really is Sin?

"Let the man that has no sin cast the first stone." These were words the bible says which were spoken by Christ to a group of men who wanted to stone a woman for having sex out of marriage. Jesus Christ stepped in and made the stoners look inside their own conscience to see if they themselves were clean of sin and it turns out they weren't. But what kind of acts did these men do to believe that they have sinned and could not cast a stone at this woman? Did they lie, cheat, steal, kill? What is really considered a sinful act then and what is a sinful act today? Has the Bible mellowed down on sin and has given a leeway for people o falter without feeling too guilty? Let us observe some acts which people consider to be sinful and you can check your own self to see if you have fallen short from the grace of God.

The Catholic Category of Sins.

I have no idea of where the catholic got the idea that sin must be differentiated. But in the Catholic world of sins, it is divided into two main sin types.

  1. Mortal Sin
    Sins that basically imperil your soul, meaning that your soul can be destroyed by God or punished severely for the act.
  2. Venial Sins
    Lesser punishable acts. So basically God will give you a warning or two before you get any real punishment.

These two main category of sins we will look at in their own perspective to see where your sinful act falls and how you can avoid sending your pitiful soul to hell.

What is Sin?
What is Sin?

1. Mortal Sin

There are basically three conditions which needs to exist for a person to have dwindled in mortal sin.


  • The person would have known about or planned the act of evil and within themself know that the act is evil or immoral.

Act of Grief

  • The act itself is considered to bring pain and suffering to the individual who the act will be meted on or to that persons family, friends or an act of grief on population. These acts include but not limited to, killing, rape, perjury, invasions, terror attacks (staged or unstaged) etc.

Deliberate Consent.

  • Someone introduce you to a mortal sin and you willingly partake.

2. Venial Sin

If you are into the act of committing sin, once you are doing only Venial sin, you are still in good standings with the big man above. A person who commits only part of the three categories of mortal sin has commited venial sin. Meaning that this sin only meets one or two of the criteria needed to reach mortal sin but just shies away from the third criteria. A person is also said to commit Venial sin if they do any minor bad acts. A bad act could be you sticking the middle finger to a cop while passing him on the road because he gave you a ticket for no reason last week.

Venial sins are considered the weak layer of immoral acts. So let us say that you are hanging out with a friend who is cheating on her husband. Her husband pulls up and your friend runs and hide in the coffee shop restroom. The husbands says to you, "have you seen Mary? I think she is hiding from me." Then you replied, "No I have no idea where she could be right now." Even though you are probably protecting mary from being assaulted, You still told a lie, even if that lie have saved her life. You just did a Venial sin.

What is Sin?
What is Sin?

List of Mortal Sins

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Direct Lying
  • Theft
  • Adultery
  • Worshipping Graven Images
  • Suicide (Murder of Self)

List of Venial Sins

Indirect Lies

  • Financial Frauds
  • Bullying
  • Cussing
  • Minor Stealing (gum, pen from coworker, food)
  • Racism
  • Belittlement
  • Selfishness
  • Greed
  • fighting
  • (etc.)


So how did you fare on the sinometer? Did you commit any mortal sin? Or you played it a bit safe and dived head on into Venial sin? If so, how are you going to cut down on your sin and make yourself a better person? Or will you simply ignore sin and do as thou wilt? Yourlife, your choice.

© 2019 Clive Williams


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    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      7 months ago from Jamaica

      i tried, i failed. I sinned.

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      John Hansen 

      7 months ago from Queensland Australia

      So far I have avoided the mortal sins, and I will try to cut down on the venial sins today. You can't ask for more than that can you Clive?

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Well Clive, I will say "We All Fall Short." I didn't really know much about how the Catholic religion broke down sins until now. This is an interesting article.I will try not to sin today.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Interesting article Clive. We are all sinners. Jesus' died on the cross for our sins. We are mortals, never free of sin, but we honestly try not to sin. I believe if we follow the 10 commandments God is happy. Very well done. I love the illustrations you have selected.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I sometimes wonder if there are sins if you just go on faith and not religion. Kind of cool it goes like this in many states; Capital Murder, 1st degree murder, 2nd, Manslaughter 1 and 2. then it could be negligent homicide. And then just accidental homicide. They use "levels" a lot for drug cases. They have this cool one where if you are committing a Felony and you cohort kills someone you committed Felony Murder. Looks a great deal like categorizing sin.

      Sorry for so much. But I thought it fit. Most general laws are really based on the Bible.

      The trouble on your list of sins is that it makes me feel dumb and boring. I will try out a venial today.

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      7 months ago from USA

      Considering it's early in the morning and just the cats and I are up so far, I'm doing ok. But since I'm not religious, I just try to be a generally good person.


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