A sin, in Christian contexts, is a wrongdoing as defined by the Bible (or a Church's interpretation of the Bible). It is an act of disobedience to the will of God. 'Sin' is a theological and not a judicial term (such as crime). In fact, a sin can be a perfectly legal act, and an illegal act is not necessarily also a sin. Moreover, not only actions but also thoughts can be sinful. A person who has committed a sin is called a sinner.

Examples of sins are any violation of the Ten Commandments.

Similar concepts exist in other religions. What exactly constitutes a sin and what doesn't, is usually up to personal point of view and interpretation. The term sin is also sometimes used for transgressions of moral or ethic law.

In Roman Catholicism, a sinner can be purified from his or her sins through the sacrament of Penance.

In the Middle ages, the line of separation between the Church and the State was strongly blurred, and religious wrongdoing could have severe secular consequences (such as torture and death penalty for heresy). In Islam, religious and state law are traditionally united in the sharia, so in a way, a similar situation persists in some countries to the present day.


Pecattiphilia involves sexual arousal from performing an act believed to be sinful. This would include, for example, such acts of lust as fornication or sodomy, or also the acting out any of the other seven deadly sins.

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