The Sense of Sin Since sin is a moral evil, it is necessary in the first place to determine what is meant by evil, and in particular by moral evil. Thomas (De malo, 2:2) as a privation of form or order or due measure.
Moral evil is found only in intelligent beings; it deprives them of some moral good. This may be defined as a privation of conformity to right reason and to the law of God.Since the morality of a human act consists in its agreement or non-agreement with right reason and the eternal law, an act is good or evil in the moral order according as it involves this agreement or non-agreement. God, the first cause of all reality, is the cause of the physical act as such, the free-will of the deformity (St. The evil act adequately considered has for its cause the free-will defectively electing some mutable good in place of the eternal good, God, and thus deviating from its true last end.When the action is contrary to natural law and yet is permissible in given circumstances or in a particular state of life, the desire, if it include those circumstances or that state as conditions, is not in itself sinful: e.g.I would kill so-and-so if I had to do it in self-defence.But before taking up the details, it will be useful to indicate some further distinctions which occur in theology or in general usage.
Material and Formal Sin This distinction is based upon the difference between the objective elements (object itself, circumstances) and the subjective (advertence to the sinfulness of the act).
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When it has its due proportion of form and order and measure it is, in its own order and degree, good.
Everything else possesses but a limited being, and, in so far as it possesses being, it is good.
Actual sin is committed by a free personal act of the individual will.