Can anyone live through life without sinning?

Yes, someone did: the Virgin Mary. Though she was blessed with the singular grace of being conceived without sin. She was not susceptible to sin as we are and led her life in perfect union with God.

However for us: it is possible to live without committing a mortal sin, however, if you mean sin as including even venial and minor imperfections, then i’d say it is not possible. Do not get me wrong, it is possible for you to live without mortal sins, and this is what God wants from us and has given us the means to achieve this: the Sacraments. It is very difficult to achieve this, but by becoming conscious of minor faults, confessing and mourning them, we become far away from bigger sins. Though you are not required to confess venial sins, you are exhorted by the Church to because this is very helpful.

Once we get to heaven, we will have perfect freedom to serve God in perfection. However, while we are on earth, we make mistakes, we sin, we arise and repent. We keep struggling, not only to avoid sin, but to do good; to choose God in every decision we make.

I hope this answers your question.



  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    I have some problems with the Mary story.
    First, it really bothers me that she was not asked for her consent. How is this different from rape? Mark, the first gospel chronologically has no virgin birth, Matthew includes it but his account contains no discussion between Mary and any angels; then Luke embellishes the story, wherein the angel informs her, without asking for consent, that she will be impregnated. Mary, mere chattel as a woman, has no option but to accept her fate. The author of John, surely having these earlier gospels in front of him a decade or so later while writing his own gospel, votes no on the virgin birth myth and leaves it out of his account. Most likely that author was familiar with the original Hebrew and knew the Greek translation was wrong. The John gospel disagrees over some other key points as well, not to mention that his Jesus is a very different person from that in the earlier gospels.
    Second, the bit about a virgin birth was included by the author of Matthew in an attempt to use Isaiah as prophecy for this birth. The problem is that the section of Isaiah this is taken from has nothing to do with messiahs, and it uses the word “alma” which means “young girl” or maiden. The author of Matthew is using the Septuagint, which is the Hebrew bible translated to Greek, and they incorrectly translated “alma.” If the original author of Isaiah had wanted to say “virgin” he would have used the word “betulah.”
    Third, it bothers me that the Mary story illustrates Yahweh’s apparent cruelty. Aside from the fact that many pagan gods were born of virgins and Jesus had to be at least as good as them, Mary had to be a virgin in order to keep from passing “original sin” on to Jesus. At that time, they thought that women just carried and grew the seed of the man and did not contribute to the genetic material, hence they did not think Mary could pass on original sin. It flowed from the father. However in the 1800s they learned that women do indeed contribute half the genetic material and Mary’s parents did indeed do the nasty sex thing and passed original sin on to her, such that she would have necessarily passed it on to Jesus. The Church couldn’t have this, so they decided in 1854 that Mary had been born without original sin! Let me know if you find biblical support for this! This seems to have huge implications. This means it is not necessary for Yahweh-Jesus to go through all the rigmarole of impregnating a young maiden with himself in order to be born as himself so he could sacrifice himself to himself in order to relieve us of a condition (original sin) that he placed on us in the first place. It means that if he wants to, the Catholic god has the power to remove or prevent original sin, not just for Mary, but for all of us – but he cruelly chooses not to, preferring that unbaptized infants go to Hell, I suppose.

    Even after sending himself to earth in human form, nothing here is better. Nobody is “saved” unless they believe, say and do the right things as directed by celibate virgins dressed in robes insisting we call them “Father” even though they’ve chosen to remove themselves from the human gene pool. Prior to Jesus, those who died went to Sheol and at the end of time were judged and if found wanting they were to be destroyed. After Jesus, we are judged immediately, and if found wanting, instead of being destroyed, we are sent to eternal torment. This “good news” of Jesus certainly did not improve our condition! It would be far better and much more just to simply be destroyed if we somehow hurt an all powerful being’s feelings to the point that he felt he had to do something about it.

    Fourth, there is praying to Mary, as though Yahweh-Jesus can’t hear us unless we do. Where does the all-powerful, all-knowing part come in?

    Finally, the idea of saying Hail Mary’s as penance, after Confession. Praying to Mary is punishment! I learned that in Catholic summer camp, when punishment for some boyhood slight meant walking up and down the hallway on corrugated rubber mats on our knees while reciting the rosary. Yeah, that made me feel so holy! The idea of associating penance with reciting the rosary – that just made no sense to me as a kid, and it still doesn’t. But boy could I whip off those hail Mary’s – each one in a single breath!

  2. Jose Fuliga Reply

    Where in th Word of God does it say that the Virgin Mary had no sin and has never sinned?

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