Friday, February 12, 2010

GotQuestions on Mortal vs. Venial Sins

The GotQuestions page "Does the Bible teach mortal and venial sin?" quotes the Catechism of the Catholic Church (§1854-1864) and then denies the Catholic teaching. As of this posting, the page does not even mention 1 Jn 5:16-17, the passage that unequivocally disproves the GotQuestions denial of the Biblical distinction between mortal and venial sins.

English: "He that knows his brother to sin a sin which is not to death, let him ask: and life shall be given to him who sins not to death. There is a sin unto death. For that I say not that any man ask. All iniquity is sin. And there is a sin unto death."
Greek: ἐάν τις ἴδῃ τὸν ἀδελφὸν αὐτοῦ ἁμαρτάνοντα ἁμαρτίαν μὴ πρὸς θάνατον, αἰτήσει, καὶ δώσει αὐτῷ ζωήν, τοῖς ἁμαρτάνουσιν μὴ πρὸς θάνατον. ἔστιν ἁμαρτία πρὸς θάνατον: οὐ περὶ ἐκείνης λέγω ἵνα ἐρωτήσῃ. πᾶσα ἀδικία ἁμαρτία ἐστίν, καὶ ἔστιν ἁμαρτία οὐ πρὸς θάνατον.
Latin: Qui scit fratrem suum peccare peccatum non ad mortem, petat, et dabitur ei vita peccanti non ad mortem. Est peccatum ad mortem: non pro illo dico ut roget quis. Omnis iniquitas, peccatum est: et est peccatum ad mortem.

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