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Mortal sin has to do with directly and intentionally lying about something that could hurt others or … (If you use Google Chrome, first add a Chrome RSS reader or extension.). Some people feel that they may have committed an unforgivable sin because they are troubled by nagging feelings of guilt. This means that mortal sins cannot be done “accidentally.” A person who commits a mortal sin is one who knows that their sin is wrong, but still deliberately commits the sin anyway. Lying is intrinsically evil and always a sin. by By definition -If you are not sure it's a mortal sin, it is not a mortal sin. Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. However other lies would not be considered mortal. But some intrinsically evil acts are venial sins, while other intrinsically evil acts are mortal sins. From the earliest of times, lying was seen as sinful. Glad we've got that cleared up. “Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent. Lying is a mortal sin, and the kingdom of God is not advanced through unrighteous means. In this case, you're not doing that, so it is a mortal sin. Most of the lies that people often tell in their lives, we may charitably assume, are venial lies. Let us recall briefly the conditions for mortal sin: 1. You did this out of revenge, and knew you were doing it. 1855 Mortal sin destroys charity in the heart of man by a grave violation of God's law; it turns man away from God, who is his ultimate end and his beatitude, by preferring an inferior good to him. More Reading: Is Lying Always Wrong? 2485 By its very nature, lying is to be condemned. If a lie in itself only constitutes a venial sin, it becomes mortal when it does grave injury to the virtues of justice and charity. A mortal sin is an act that is so gravely immoral before God as to be entirely incompatible with true love of God and neighbor. If one font of morality is gravely disordered, the act is a objectively a mortal sin, no matter how good the other two fonts of morality may be. Objection 2. But first, it would be useful to recall the following: in order to commit a mortal sin, the three following elements must be simultaneously present: grave matter, the moral object or content of the action is seriously evil; So even if the intention is good, or the consequences (in the circumstances) are good, the act is still a sin. Now lying is against this precept of the decalogue: "Thou shalt not bear false witness." Mortal Sin Lists. Accidentally a lie may be contrary to charity by reason of scandal or any other injury resulting therefrom: and thus again it will be a mortal sin, for instance if a man were not deterred through scandal from lying … An actual mortal sin includes sufficient culpability to take away the state of grace from the soul, and to deserve eternal damnation. Mortal Sin Lists. 5:19, but when it comes to mortal sin in Scripture, there are actually multiple lists of deadly or “mortal” sins in various places in Sacred Scripture. Grave matter 2. It depends on the gravity of the lie, which I do not see big enough to be a mortal sin. We’ve already seen examples of “venial sins” in I John 5:16 and Matt. You did this out of revenge, and knew you were doing it. ), Mortal sin differs from venial sin both by degree and by type. There are about three places where St. Paul gives a list of some of the main mortal sins which exclude people from Heaven. Yes, lying is gravely sinful. It is a mortal sin unless you are lying to people to convert them to your beliefs. Hence, in the church's doctrine and pastoral action, grave sin is in practice identified with mortal sin. There are about three places where St. Paul gives a list of some of the main mortal sins which exclude people from Heaven. Lying: Can be a mortal sin. So. A lesser disorder in an act makes the act a venial sin, rather than a mortal sin. Although Thomas Aquinas, following St. Augustine's lead, held that all lying is bad, what he called a “sin [peccatum],” he nevertheless believed that a harmless lie to save a life is only a venial sin, not a mortal sin. Are small lies mortally sinful? Great question! If the intended end is gravely disordered, then the act is a mortal sin. Now mortal sin alone causes destruction and death of the soul. 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