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Shawn wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Is sin subjective, especially mortal sin which requires three conditions simultaneously?
  • How would one objectively know if they have mortally sinned?

If there is doubt, then all three conditions would not be present. For example, I had an impure thought which I dwelt on because of habit.

  • Some would say this is a venial sin
  • Others would say it is a mortal sin, and
  • Then some would say it is no sin.

  • So isn't it between the person and God?

Thanks!

Shawn

  { If sin subjective, how do we objectively know if our culpability is mortal or not? }

Bob replied:

Shawn,

All sin is objectively wrong by definition. It is culpability that is subjective.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

Shawn replied:

Well, that is true but even then:

  • How do we objectively know if our culpability is mortal or not?

Shawn

Bob replied:

Shawn,

We can have moral certainty, that is to a good degree, but since we are not omniscient . . . there is a margin of error. That is precisely why St. Paul did not consider himself an adequate judge of his own culpability, but left that to the Lord, (cf. 1 Corinthians 4:3).

If St. Paul was humble enough to admit his limitations, I think we can safely do the same.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

Shawn replied:


Thanks!

Shawn

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