Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Seven Deadly Sins

Lust...Envy...Greed...Sloth...Gluttony...Wrath...Pride...The seven deadly sins.

There's just one problem...these seven sins are never grouped entirely together in scripture. (True story).

Open Bible has a collection of Bible verses that are related to bad sins.

Keep 10 Commandments gives a nice summary of how the seven deadly sins were collected as a list. (Spoiler: a Pope finalized the list in the 6th century).

There are several passages that mention vices and negative qualities. Probably a few of the more well-known ones are found in Colossians 3:8, Proverbs 6:16-19, and Galatians 5:19-23.

Colossians sums up negative qualities as anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.5 negative (and rightly so) qualities.

Proverbs has a slightly longer list: haughty eyes, lying tongue, innocent-blood-shedding hands, wicked scheming hearts, feet that hurry to evil, lying/false witnesses, and conflict-stirrer-ups.

Galatians provides a "vice" list and a "nice list" (as does the rest of Colossians 3):
Vice: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, orgies,  etc. (I bolded factions because I found it interesting that factions would make the list with all the "super" sins.)
Nice: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Bottom line: the seven deadly sins fit with the message of scripture. At least one part of the Bible addresses
lust, envy, greed, sloth, gluttony, wrath, and pride, but not one part sums them all up, in one place.

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