Venial Sin Controversy

In Romans 6:23, Paul says that the wages of sin are death. However, John mentions that some sins are not deadly in 1 John 5:17. Is this a contradiction, or am I misreading Romans 6:23 to account for all sins?

Thanks for any and all help!

Sins are deadly, but Jesus died for our sins. If we have faith in Jesus, and are in Him, we avoid spiritual death. Sins that weaken faith are not deadly, but a sin that kills faith puts us in a situation of no longer remaining in Him. That’s why it is mortal: it removes us from Christ.


IMHO, some sins are more “deadly” or more grave than others.

These might help:

Num 15: 29 You shall have one law for him who does anything unwittingly, for him who is native among the people of Israel, and for the stranger who sojourns among them.
30 But the person who does anything with a high hand, whether he is native or a sojourner, reviles the LORD, and that person shall be cut off from among his people.

And referred to in Hebrews again (High hand=wayward)

Heb 5:2 He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness.

Peace and God Bless

Catechism of the Catholic Church

1854 Sins are rightly evaluated according to their gravity. The distinction between mortal and venial sin, already evident in Scripture, 129 became part of the tradition of the Church. It is corroborated by human experience.

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.

Venial sin allows charity to subsist, even though it offends and wounds it.

129 Cf. 1 Jn 16-17.

Sin in general has brought about death and suffering. But mortal sins are the worst kinds of sins that ultimately lead a person into hell.

Sin is simply pre-supposition that you have experienced it beforehand. The learning experience is not so awesome, it is accompanied by extreme unprovidential scrupulosity.

Catechism of the Catholic Church


1849 Sin is an offense against reason, truth, and right conscience; it is failure in genuine love for God and neighbor caused by a perverse attachment to certain goods. It wounds the nature of man and injures human solidarity. It has been defined as "an utterance, a deed, or a desire contrary to the eternal law."121

1850 Sin is an offense against God: "Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in your sight."122 Sin sets itself against God’s love for us and turns our hearts away from it. Like the first sin, it is disobedience, a revolt against God through the will to become "like gods,"123 knowing and determining good and evil. Sin is thus "love of oneself even to contempt of God."124 In this proud self- exaltation, sin is diametrically opposed to the obedience of Jesus, which achieves our salvation.125

1851 It is precisely in the Passion, when the mercy of Christ is about to vanquish it, that sin most clearly manifests its violence and its many forms: unbelief, murderous hatred, shunning and mockery by the leaders and the people, Pilate’s cowardice and the cruelty of the soldiers, Judas’ betrayal - so bitter to Jesus, Peter’s denial and the disciples’ flight. However, at the very hour of darkness, the hour of the prince of this world,126 the sacrifice of Christ secretly becomes the source from which the forgiveness of our sins will pour forth inexhaustibly.

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