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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 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 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 previewEncyclopedia of Early Christianity (1998)

by Everett Ferguson

" The Greek fathers generally deduced from Paul's sraremem that humaniry inhetired nor Adam's actual sin ...

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