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Unformatted text preview: means that mortal sin cannot be allowed pardon. Venial sin is deserving of punishment still, but it is more of a temporary punishment given to venial sins. If mortal sin deserves eternal punishment, this means mortal sin lead to depravity from grace. The difference I have gone over so far Aquinas says, has to do with the nature of the sin. The differences that have to do with matters of the soul are different. Aquinas compares sin to diseases. He makes mortal sin an incurable sin of the soul and venial sin a somewhat curable sin. Mortal sin is not curable, except by God, because it destroys life principles which cannot be restored. Venial sins destroy things that are resulted from life principles, which can always come back. Therefore, if a mortal sin is committed we know that the soul that person has changed. Only God could change back the soul again....
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- Spring '07
- Sin, Mortal sin, Venial sin