The 7 Deadly Sins

The Bible does not give us this list of sins, they come from Dante’s Divine Comedy. Wikipedia list the 7 deadly sins in order from the least to the greatest. In truth there no greater or lesser sin, and the Bible says that all sin is worthy of death (eternal separation from God). So at this point I would like to share this list with you.

1. Lust (fornication) — Unlawful sexual desire, such as desiring sex with a person outside marriage. (Dante’s definition was “excessive love of others,” and this reduced the love that a person could give God).
2. Gluttony — Wasting of food, either through eating too much food, drink or drugs, misplaced desire for food for its taste, or not giving food to the needy (“excessive love of pleasure” was Dante’s definition).
3. Greed (covetousness, avarice) — Greed is when somebody wants more things than the person needs or can use. Dante wrote that greed is too much “love of money and power”.
4. Sloth (also accidie, acedia) — Laziness; idleness and wastefulness of time that a person has. Laziness is hated because:
A. Others have to work harder
B. Delaying what God wants a person to do or not doing it at all It makes life harder for oneself, because useful work does not get done
C. It, like gluttony, is a sin of waste, for it wastes time, maybe because of pride
D. Sloth is a state of equilibrium: one does not produce much, but one does not need much either (in Dante’s theology, sloth is the “failure to love God with all one’s heart, all one’s mind, and all one’s soul”; specific examples including being lazy, being scared, lack of imagination, complacency, and not doing what the person should do).
5. Wrath (anger, hate) — Inappropriate (not right) feelings of hatred, revenge or even denial, as well as punitive desires outside of justice (Dante’s description was “love of justice perverted to revenge and spite”).
6. Envy (jealousy) — Hating other people for what they have. Dante wrote that envy is “Love of one’s own good perverted to a desire to deprive other men of theirs” (in other words, thinking that the person himself should have more, even if it means someone else will have less because of him.)
7. Pride (vanity) — A desire to be important or attractive to others or excessive love of self (holding self out of proper position toward God or fellows; Dante’s definition was “love of self perverted to hatred and contempt for one’s neighbor”).

I copied this list from Wikipedia. I believe that in reality Pride is our greatest sin, and the other 6 in this list is just different manifestations of Pride.

The Bible has a lot to say about Pride, but I believe this verse sums up the results of Pride pretty well;

“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

Proverbs 16:18 KJV

With this I’ll close this first offering, and pick up next time from this point. Thank you for your time, and God Bless, Pastor Charles Kahn


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