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Actual sin

Definition of the noun actual sin

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  1. a sin committed of your own free will (as contrasted with original sin)
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • antonym: original sin
    • more generic words: sin / sinning = an act that is regarded by theologians as a transgression of God's will


Actual sin: According to Roman Catholic tradition, "actual" sin as distinguished from original sin is an act contrary to the will and law of God whether by doing evil or refraining from doing good. In Roman Catholic theology, it can be either "mortal," or "venial,". In Roman Catholic theology an actual sin is specifically any willful thought, desire, word, action or omission forbidden by the law of God.

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Google previewOur Sunday Visitor's Catholic Encyclopedia (1998)

by Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Russell B. Shaw

Actual Sin • The term "actual sin" can be understood only in the light of some traditional distinctions that have arisen in the Catholic theology of sin. Personal sin is distinguished from original sin, and, within personal sin, there is a further ...

Google previewCatholic Dictionary (2013)

An Abridged and Updated Edition of Modern Catholic Dictionary by John Hardon

ACTUAL SIN 9 congregations, and notices of ecclesiastical appointments. The contents are to be considered promulgated when published and effective three months from date of issue. ACTIVISM. Preoccupation with activity instead of mental ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Americana : a popular dictionary of arts, sciences, literature, history, politics, and biography, brought down to the present time (1836)

Actual sin is again divided by theologians into mortal and venial. Mortal sins, according to 1 John v, 16, 17, are those the commission of which is followed by spiritual death, that is, the loss of .God's grace, and differ from those which may be ...

Google previewFaith Basics: Pocket Catholic Dictionary (2013)

by Leon Suprenant

An actual sin is committed by a free personal act of the individual will. It is distinguished from ORIGINAL SIN , which was the personal sin of A DAM andEvethat resultedin the fallenstate ofhuman nature inherited byevery person born intothe ...

Google previewThe Catholic Encyclopedia (1912)

An International Work of Reference on the Constitution, Doctrine, Discipline, and History of the Catholic Church by Charles Herbermann

Actual sin primarily consists in a voluntary act repugnant to the Order of right reason. The act passes, but the soul of the sinner remains stained, deprived of grace, in a state of sin, until the disturbance of order has been restored by penance.

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