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Sunday, January 08, 2006

NOW AS SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T PRACTISE RELIGION, LATELY I'VE THOUGHT ALOT ABOUT THE 7 DEADLY SINS AND HOW POIGNANT THEY SEEM TO BE IN TODAYS WORLD.

DRAW YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS










Seven deadly sins
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


History

The seven deadly sins were first introduced by St. Gregory the Great in Moralia in Job. The sins were derived from the eight evil thoughts as described by Greek monastic theologian Evagrius of Pontus, and the eight principal vices as described by St. John Cassian.
The 8 thoughts of evil as described by Evagrius are: gluttony, fornication, love of money, discontent, anger, despondency, vainglory, and pride. Evagrius saw the escalating severity as representing increasing fixation with the self, with pride as the most egregious of the sins.
St. John Cassian in his "Conferences" describes the eight principal vices as gluttony, fornication, avarice, anger, sadness, acedia (anxiety, or weariness of the heart), vainglory, and pride. He describes that excesses of each will lead to the next severe vice. For example, an excess of gluttony will lead to fornication, and an excess of fornication will lead to avarice and so on.
It was not until the late 6th century that St. Gregory the Great (then Pope Gregory I) described the seven sins in his Moralia in Job. He reduces the list to seven items. His ranking of the Sins' seriousness was based on the degree from which they offended against love. It was, from least serious to most: lust, gluttony, sadness, avarice, anger, envy and pride (abbreviated into the mnemonic palegas). Sadness would later be replaced by acedia, or sloth in putting off what God asks you to do, or not doing it at all.
"Capital" here means that these sins stand at the head (Latin caput) of the other sins which proceed from them, e.g. avarice gives rise to theft and lust gives rise to adultery. Later theologians, most notably Thomas Aquinas, would contradict the notion that the seriousness of the sins would be ranked.
The capital sins are not to be confused with mortal sins.




The Sins

Ranked in ASCENDING order of severity (WORST SINS LAST) as per Dante's Divine Comedy (in the Purgatorio), the seven deadly sins are:



Lust (fornication) — Unlawful sexual desire, such as desiring sex with a person outside marriage.


WE'VE ALL SEEN SOME NASTY PORN ON THE NET.



Gluttony — Wasting of food, either through overindulgence in food, drink or intoxicants, misplaced desire for food for its sensuality, or withholding food from the needy


HMMM, "WITHHOLDING FOOD FROM THE NEEDY"
OR "OVERINDULGENCE IN FOOD",
CAN'T THINK OF ANY EXAMPLES OF THAT



Greed (covetousness, avarice) — A desire to possess more than one has need or use for


ENRON,WORLDCOM,EVEN MARTHA FOR CRISTS SAKE -OOPS-




Sloth (also accidie, acedia) — LAZINESS; idleness and wastefulness of time allotted. Laziness is condemned because:
Others have to work harder

HOW MANY LAZY MUTHAFUKKAS U KNOW?



Wrath (anger, hate) — Inappropriate (unrighteous) feelings of hatred, revenge or even denial, as well as punitive desires outside of justice

I SEE EXAMPLES OF THIS ON EVERY NEWSCAST AROUND THE WORLD EVERY DAY....


Envy (jealousy) — Resentment of others for their possessions .


AKA "HATERS"

NUFF SAID



Pride (vanity) — A desire to be important or attractive to others or excessive love of self.


HOLLYWHAT?





The opposite of these sins are the seven virtues (chastity, moderation, charity, zeal, meekness, generosity, and humility) in corresponding order to the above seven deadly sins.







The punishments



Lust: smothered in brimstone and fire
Gluttony: force-fed rats, toads, and snakes
Greed: boiled in oil
Sloth: thrown into a snake pit
Wrath: dismembered alive
Envy: put in freezing water
Pride: broken on the wheel
Similar punishments are imagined in Dante's Inferno

Associations with demons


In 1589, Peter Binsfeld paired each of the deadly sins with a demon, who tempted people by means of the associated sin. According to Binsfeld's classification of demons, the pairings are as follows:
Lucifer: Pride
Mammon: Greed
Asmodeus: Lust
Leviathan: Envy
Beelzebub: Gluttony (lord of the flies)
Satan: Wrath
Belphegor: Sloth

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