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The Seven Deadly Sins

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Sarah Ahrens-Balwit

on 22 January 2014

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The Seven Deadly Sins are referred to mostly in proverbs, and are described completely in lines 6:16-19 "There are are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run to evil, a false witness who breaths out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers." ESV proverbs 6:16-19
by Sarah, Kalen, and Dan
The Seven Deadly Sins
How has this book influenced western thought, ideals, culture or laws?

The seven deadly sins modern version is derived from a 4th century monk named Evagrius ponticus however the origins is usually recognized with Proverbs and King Solomon. In this version the list consists of eight ideas instead of seven. The words used translate into gluttony, prostitution, avarice, hubris, wrath, sadness, boasting, and dejection.
This book has influenced western thought very much, in fact it has essentially written out how we define morality. A lot of the same rules and guidelines for morality are used in todays laws. for examle; we are sworn in to court with our hands on bibles, and have to swear not to bear false witness, and it is obviously still illegal to kill innocents.
proverbs were supposedly written by Soloman. He was born in 1101 bc, and lived to be 79 years old.
The seven deadly sins are attitudes which early Christians stated as the causes of human misbehavior; the actual reasons that we hurt each other. They are not "sins", but rather actions that will lead you down the immoral and sinful path of life. Therefore the seven deadly sins are just a sort of a moral "what not to do" guidebook.
Seven deadly sins today:
Pride: inflated sense of one's personal status or accomplishments: hubris
Envy: a resentment when a person lacks another's quality, or possession, and desires it: jealousy
Wrath: inordinate and uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger: rage
Sloth: neglecting what God has spoken, and being physically and emotionally inactive: laziness
Avarice: desire to possess wealth, or goods for one's self, beyond the dictates of basic survival and comfort: greed
Gluttony: over-consumption to the point of extravagance or waste: desire
Lust: feeling of intense desire: want
by: Kalen
by: Kalen
take what you need
accept what you get
leave other peoples possessions alone
work hard
treat others fairly and with kindness
How would you characterize the seven deadly sins?

Temptation- The seven deadly sins listed derive from human desires and emotion and cater to them. These states of being aren’t accepted to be morally acceptable because the sins can also be pleasurable and can lead to an addiction to.

Morals/ Sense of morality- the temptation of the seven deadly sins leads to how we define our morals as a society and as humans. The list is obviously considered toxic, and to surcome to these specific, ‘dangerous’ human desires is the sin for the religion.
Are there any inconsistencies or controversies about the book?

There are many of the deadly sins and those related throughout the bible, but they aren’t formed in the list of the seven deadly sins. The closest biblical match of the seven deadly sins is Proverbs 6:16-19, but none actually exactly parallels the traditional “seven deadly” sins. The Proverbs quote doesn’t even explain all of the traditional sins. It only clearly explains the deadly sin ‘pride’ with “haughty eyes”. “Hands that shed innocent blood” may refer to the deadly sin ‘wrath’, and the acts of “a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run to evil, a flase witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers” may refer to actions derived from the deadly sins ‘envy’, ‘sloth’, ‘greed’, ‘gluttony’, and ‘lust’. However this is all speculation and debatable.

The concept can be traced to the supposed author of the idea of Evagrius Ponticus, and It was popularized by Catholic teachings. However it is not a specific teaching of godly proportions. There wasn’t really any prophet in the bible specifically preaching about the seven deadly sins, so not all people acknowledge these vices.

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