The Seven Deadly Sins

Which are you most guilty of?

     

Most commonly the seven deadly sins are known as:

* Pride * Greed * Gluttony * Wrath * Envy * Lust * Sloth *

The seven deadly sins are also known as the 'Capital vices' or the 'Cardinal sins' and are a list of vices used in early Christian teachings to instruct its followers in 'fallen mans' tendency to sin.  Classed as capital or mortal sins the seven deadly sins were said to bring about the threat of eternal damnation, and could only be absolved through confession or through perfect 'contrition' (sincere and complete remorse) on the part of the committer.

In the 6th century as used by 'Pope Gregory The Great' the seven deadly sins were taught as follows:

Deadly Sin

Holy Virtue

   
Luxuria - Extravagance (later Lust) Chastity
Gula - Gluttony. Temperance
Avaritia - Greed. Charity
Acedia - Sloth. Diligence
Ira - Wrath. Patience
Invidia - Envy. Kindness
Superbia - Pride. Humility

Each deadly sin has an opposing 'Holy Virtue' (listed above).

The Seven Deadly Sins

Pride

Thought to be the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins 'Pride' is the sin of excessive self-love and of holding oneself out of proper proportion of ones place with regards to God.

Greed

A sin of excess 'Greed' is more related to the acquisition of material wealth rather than that of excessive eating.

Gluttony

It would be 'Gluttony' that is more concerned with that of over eating, or rather it is the sin given to all instances of wasteful over indulgence.

Wrath

The sin of uncontrolled feelings of hate and anger - the desire to seek revenge, or just generally wishing to bring about harm to others.

 

Hieronymus Bosch: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things.

Envy

The sin of resenting another for having something that the sinner themselves does not have.  The true sin of 'Envy' is in not just in resenting another but also in wishing that the envied themselves be deprived of that which is desired.

Lust

The sin of obsessive sexual thoughts or desires.

Sloth

Originally thought of as the sin of  'apathy' or 'depression' in modern times the definition is more related to a sinners inability or unwillingness to utilise ones god-given gifts i.e. Laziness.

The Seven Deadly Sins
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