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Mortal and Venial Sin

Ah, now that we have covered the 10 commandments, hopefully thoroughly, its time to look over the two differences in severity of sin.

First, lets look over the lesser of the severity’s, venial. Venial sin are those sins that go against God, but, do not completely cut off our relationship with Him. An example of a venial sin would be to forget to say my prayers during the day. Its kind of like telling your mom you would call her, and then not doing so. You still have a good relationship with her, but your mom is a little mad that you neglected her. God is Our Father after all.
Mortal sin, on the other hand, is something that completely cuts off our relationship with God. The only way that we can get back into the state of grace, that is, no longer in the state of mortal sin, is going to confession, confessing our sins and receiving absolution. In order for a sin to be a mortal sin, 3 things must occur:
1. The sin must be of serious matter.
2. You must know that the sin is serious matter.
3. You have to have full consent of the will when committing the sin.
1. The sin needs to be a mortal sin (this generally is always the case, a mortal sin is a mortal sin). 2. You need to know its a mortal sin when you commit it. If you didn’t know it was a mortal sin, then you didn’t know that it was bad. This doesn’t always happen, but, once you are told that it is a mortal sin, then you know.
3. You can never be forced to commit the sin. You have to choose to commit the sin.
Once these 3 conditions are met, you have committed mortal sin, and MUST, I repeat MUST go to confession.
Sin is sin, no matter how we look at it, a sin is and always will be, a sin. There is no going around it or sugar coating it to make you feel better. Sometimes a mortal sin can be lessened so it is not as severe as a full out mortal sin, as discussed looking at the 3 conditions, but, the way I like to look at it is this: if I commit a sin that happens to be a mortal sin, I should probably get to confession as soon as I possibly can.
For those of you who are in the state of mortal sin, I really do urge you to get to confession. I know it is scary and heck sometimes intimidating, but you have to. Its for the sake of your eternal soul, and you will feel much better. If you haven’t gone to confession in a while, tell Father, he will walk you through it.
This post is one of many in a series on Mortal SinsClick here for more posts explaining and defining mortal sins.

Jeff February 3, 2012 5 Comments Permalink

More on the Ten Commandments

I was going to stay where I was on the 10 Commandments, but I was listening to a talk and ironically, an analysis came up. I was actually kind of taken a back as something very important was mentioned in the talk that I completely had forgotten.

When God gave Moses the 10 Commandments on Mt. Sinai, He wasn’t doing it to make us slaves, as society tries to make the 10 Commandments appear. More often than not, these laws seem to be oppressive and limiting to our freedom. Again, I mentioned earlier about how freedom can make us slaves, but I digress. When God gave Moses and the rest of the Jews these laws, He had just rescued them from Egypt, where, that’s right, they were slaves!
Why would God spend all that time trying to get the Jews out of slavery to put them right back into it? Egypt is a hot place and the physical labor that the Jews endured was severe. Granted, I don’t think many words I can say are going to do much justice in regards to the harshness that they suffered, but, I’m getting off topic. The Jews were slaves to the Egyptians. God told Moses to fight back and to lead His people the Jews out of Egypt and into the Promise Land. Moses obeyed his God and did just that. Then, shortly after they had escaped the clutches of Egypt, soon after, what did the Jews do? That’s right, they started to worship false gods and idols. They were dishonest with one another, they basically treated each other like garbage.
So, God sees His people in total disarray, and decides He’s gotta do something. So, He calls Moses up to the top of the mountain and gives him the 10 Commandments. Laws not to constrict us, but to more or less set us free from our sin. Now, we as humans need boundaries, otherwise we will go and do anything that we want to thanks to our fallen nature. Its rather sad that we do, but, its how we are. Its good for us to have clear and concise rules and boundaries in order to determine what we can and can’t do.
Let’s look at it this way. When a wide receiver catches a football, runs out of bounds and the referees blow their whistles and stop the clock and set up for the next play, nobody yells out that that wide receiver’s freedoms are being trampled upon. Why not? After all, if we follow the same logic that rules are there to restrict our freedom, then that wide receiver should be able to run wherever he wants to. No! Rules are there to determine what can and can’t be done.
We are all looking to be happy. God knows this, and He loves us. He wants us to be happy. He knows that if we break these commandments, then we will be unhappy. He doesn’t give them to us so that our lives are burdened down by rules and regulations, but He does this because He knows that if we do any of these immoral behaviors, we will severely be disconnected from Him. At the end of the day, the Ten Commandments are rules to live by, to receive love. Not love from another human person, but love from on high. Love that is greater than all other love combined. We need that love in order to be happy and when we fall away from the ten commandments, our lives begin to crumble, and our happiness vanishes.

Jeff January 23, 2012 Leave A Comment Permalink

The Ten Commandments

In order to really understand what sin is, we’ve got to look at the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments can tell us what are sins and where they fall into place. I think its important to realize that they are here to help us to live a better life, a happier life. So, without further a due, lets see them!

1. I am the Lord Your God. You shall not have strange gods before me.
2. You shall no take the name of the Lord Your God in vain.
3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
4. Honor your father and mother.
5. You shall not kill.
6. You shall not commit adultery.
7. You shall not steal.
8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
9. You shall not desire your neighbor’s wife.
10. You shall not desire your neighbor’s goods.
I highly suggest that you memorize these as it becomes important later on when you go to examine your conscience. God gave us these not to entrap us in slavery, but to give us freedom from sin. When we can’t say no, and can only say yes, our yes no longer has meaning. It also shows us that when all we can do is say yes, we have become slaves to whatever it is we are saying yes to.
Alcoholics can not say no to the temptation of drinking, they are slaves to it. Yet, we have the opposite attitude when it comes to other sins. Society constantly tells us that in order to have freedom, we have to be able to say yes, but that is wrong. We need to be able to say yes or no when it comes to an option, and that is what freedom is. Being able to make that determination is what sets us free and that is what true freedom is about.

Jeff January 22, 2012 Leave A Comment Permalink

Sin Series

Well, I am saddened to see that it has been a whole 9 months since my last post. I will have to begin my series on describing sin and the severity. I think this will provide with much insight in how our culture today ignores sin, as well as the general ignorance when it comes to sin.

My next post will be describing one of two things:
1. The Ten Commandments
2. The differences between mortal and venial sin
Until next time.

Jeff January 9, 2012 Leave A Comment Permalink

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