The Seven Deadly Sins

Christianity has, traditionally, spoken a
lot about sinners. In the fourth century, the Church identified ‘seven deadly sins’:
failings of character that were to be particularly condemned and avoided by all righteous people.
They were; Pride (being snobbish and boastful) Envy, Wrath (getting very angry), Gluttony
(eating too much), Lust (wanting to sleep around), Sloth (being lazy) and finally
Greed. Christianity took these to be severe faults of the soul that marked out a person
as a fitting target for scolding and punishment. God himself would, on the Day of Judgement,
be remorseless with sinners and send them to spend millennia in the darker, more tortured
bits of Purgatory. We may not use precisely such traditional, theological words today,
and we may not imagine the Creator of the Universe as someone who organises chastisement
for people beyond the grave. But, in the spirit in which we interpret failings of character
and respond to people’s less fortunate sides in the online and real worlds, we tend to
retain a similarly damning and ungenerous set of attitudes. We may feel that, through
our harshness, we are helping humanity to improve, but if this is really our goal, then
it pays to move beyond mere condemnation in an attempt to understand what truly drives
people in their more regrettable moments. We stand to stumble on a surprising truth:
behaviour we call sinful is never simply that. It represents an unfortunate first response
to difficulty and distress that could, if it were properly understood, guided and forgiven,
be redirected towards nobler ends. We aren’t evil, so much as in a lot of pain in a series
of areas. Let’s consider each of the seven sins in turn: Pride – It can appear as if
we end up boasting and grandstanding because we’re so pleased with ourselves. Far from
it. Boasting is only ever a response to a feeling of invisibility. We badly need to
thrust forward an idea of our own importance because (behind the scenes) our very right
to exist seems so much in question. We see it as almost inevitable that others will think
ill of us – unless we urgently and dramatically assert our greatness. That is why, of all
people, the proud don’t need to be told they are terrible; this is precisely what
they secretly think they are already. They need encouragement to feel a more genuine
pride in their own merits – so as to be spared the manic impulse constantly to call
them to the attention of others. Envy – Envy is a graceless way of confronting an idea
that is, in other contexts, fundamental to decent ambition as well as modesty of character:
the notion that we are incomplete, imperfect and in need of improvement. Envy grows from
the legitimate insight that others have something to teach us – mixed together with a degree
of inaccuracy and panic about what this might actually be. Envy should, ideally, be our
teacher. We should note when it strikes us, sift through its confused signals and use
them to work out our direction and purpose. The solution isn’t to be made to feel guilty
for our envious attacks. It is to be helped to understand what is truly missing from our
lives. Wrath – The mean angry things we say when we’re upset are almost never truly
meant. They are the result of panic and anxiety. We call someone a stupid fool because we are,
that moment, terrified. We shout because we feel we’re fighting for our lives. Therefore,
instead of being repeatedly told how appalling it is to be angry (we of course know this
quite well already), what we need is someone to demonstrate a proper understanding of our
underlying fears. ‘You must be scared’ is the kindest but also the most effective
response to any angry outburst; it puts its finger on what is really going on. We need
others to appreciate our fragility, not berate us for our roars. Gluttony – We eat too
many chicken wings and toasted sandwiches not because we’re greedy, but because we
are emotionally starving. We want love far more than we want calories; we’re just at
a loss as to how to find it. So the solution isn’t to be told to eat less (as diet gurus
and Christian theologians suggest); it is to be helped to discover new sources of kindness,
security and emotional connection. Our appetite isn’t essentially bad – it simply hasn’t
found its ideal target. Our excess weight is a symbol of our background emotional undernourishment.
Lust – We want to keep jumping into bed with people not out of degeneracy, but because
we are lonely. Sex is the epitome of connection and acceptance. The so-called ‘bad’ and
erotic things we crave feel so exciting because we read them as proofs of someone else’s
open-ended affection, which is in such short supply in ordinary life. Ideally we’d not
be less lustful, we’d be clearer about what we genuinely need from sex: which is acceptance
of our messy, complex and all-too-human selves. Sloth – Laziness is really fear. We can’t
bear to get down to our work, because if we were to apply ourselves, we risk terrifying
humiliation. We might not succeed as well as we’d like, we might find a task too hard,
we may realise we’re not yet equipped to undertake it or be mocked by the world. These
aren’t failings so much as hugely understandable anxieties. Behind our inaction is anticipated
disaster; a catastrophizing mind. We will begin at last when the fear of doing nothing
at all trumps the crippling fear of doing something badly. Greed – The powerful urge
to take more than our fair share is really a reaction to a feeling of deprivation; we’ve
felt so neglected and vulnerable, we require ever more. Our fear is so entrenched, we’re
trying to keep it at bay by grabbing as much as we can, as quickly as possible. To others,
we may make look already advantaged and privileged; inside we just feel desperate. In short, our
‘sins’ are not signs of being bad people. They are the shape our unmet needs take when
we haven’t found any better way of addressing them. We don’t have to be berated or threatened
with hell. We need an open affection that welcomes us as we are, a forgiveness that
doesn’t involve criticism and a tenderness that delicately, without humiliation, locates
our true vulnerabilities and encourages our own native appetite
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100 thoughts on “The Seven Deadly Sins

  1. Wouldn’t it be

    1: Suicide
    4: lie

    And 3 others I forgot but my dad read the Bible’s that’s how I know

  2. Having standards even high at times will eliminate emotional support firstly greedy issues aren't reasonable answers for adults after looking for promotional activities

  3. For wrath just because your angry doesn't mean your scared how can you be angry at someone because they didn't do what you wanted them to do how are you scared

  4. Pride is a sin, so if we show pride then we go to hell, well i guess god might as well go to hell since he sees himself as god(thus him showing pride) 😂

  5. perdón pero por quien vino Jesucristo vino por los pecadores y son los incrédulos l por eso vino Jesucristo

  6. I am always so full of pride when I’m walking around with a lot of money in my pocket . I am always envious of the person who has more money than me. No worries they suffer my wrath. I might be a sloth but I’m greedy so I will find out who his lover is and lust over her til she’s mine. Then we’ll go home and glutinise and bang all night.

  7. Envy is my favorite sin. There's something so mysterious and personal about it. It's a destructive force that slowly eats you from the inside. You can feel the pain as it reminds you of your pathetic life.

  8. “ We don’t eat because we are greedy. It’s because we are emotionally starving “

    Is this a personal attack or something?

  9. Real consequences of the deadly sins:
    Pride – Loneliness and social disaproval
    Gluttony – Health problems, obesity, diabetes, hypertension
    Wrath – Health problems, Regret, People liking you less
    Lust – Lost of time, Illusion, Working hard for things that don't matter so much, Social Jokes about you, emotional suffering
    Envy – Regret, See what you ruined after it, Destruction, Sadness, Knowing that's your fault
    Sloth – (This is actually a warning that something isn't right and you need to change) Lack of money, work accumulation, development delay, time that won't come back, things that could help you in the future but you didn't, regret
    Greed – Loneliness, anger, people disliking you, illusion, becaming worst everyday, regret

  10. Everybody hates Chris is about the seven deadly sins:

    Rochelle – Wrath

    Julius – Greed

    Drew – Pride

    Tonya – Envy

    Chris Uncle – Gluttony

    Chris – Lust

    Kill Moves – Sloth

  11. If sinning is bad, then why does it feel so good?

    Also all this video is bullshit, just dumb propaganda about why you should try to be your best self and ignore what you actually are. What we actually are
    Why should be bend? If we want to do something, why cant we do it? No, it obviously is some deep dumb emptional bullshit. Stop generalizing people. The 7 sins are how humans have survived all this years
    Wanting allways more and better
    Thinking others have it better
    And feeling strong

    With out that, humas would have died millions of years ago.
    But i guess you cunts think God would have saved us, right?

  12. Imma sloth,pride,wrath,some gluttony and some greed but all I can say is that Im a human, Im not perfect like god but Im proud to say that I never lay my fist to someone or never took someones life.
    Im just a quiet lil monster that full of confident to itself owo

  13. The biggest sin is not being who you were meant to be good or bad . I suppose walking up to the hangman's noose with no regrets is better than being 75 and realising you lived a lie for others and you are too old fix it . Your thoughts are your own . They will always be.

  14. Many in the liberal media and politics knowingly commit slander against our president daily. To speak lies against another is a grievous sin to God.

  15. Hey everyone this is a powerpoint I made on HOW society indoctrinates us to live within these 7 deadly sins

  16. Those are the seven words that describe human beings there is not one person who doesn’t have one of them every one has at least one

  17. I have been l8ving in these and i am sorry today forgive Me My God.i am a sinner please help me realise my mistake and not repeat.

  18. If it doesn’t challenge you,it won’t change you…
    For the mind plays ,what the heart,can’t delete…
    The greatest failure is not to try ..
    Your weakness of attitude is weakness of character.
    Everyone is going to hurt you ,but who will suffer along with you .
    Who’s going to listen,whenyou need to be understood , who’s really going to understand,when one greedy wolf , can have two sides . The one moment you understand that you had complete control over your emotions the whole time,is when you’ll understand exactly what they need to be fed .
    Sometimes the cruel ,must be kind , in order to understand ones own truth,and mind .

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