Most commonly the seven deadly sins are known as:
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
In the 6th century as used by
'Pope Gregory The Great' the seven deadly sins were taught as follows:
Extravagance (later Lust)
|Acedia - Sloth.
|Ira - Wrath.
|Invidia - Envy.
Each deadly sin has an opposing
'Holy Virtue' (listed above).
The Seven Deadly Sins
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.
A sin of excess 'Greed' is more
related to the acquisition of material wealth rather than that of
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.
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.
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.
The sin of obsessive sexual
thoughts or desires.
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.