1. There are many different sins not listed here. However, many of these great sins, like murder, adultery, stealing, etc. , have root causes, like Pride. Pride was the devil’s great sin, as he wanted to be like God, and rebelled. There are 7 basic kinds of sin that lead to all others, known as the Seven Deadly sins. It takes heroic virtue in most cases to overcome these. Most of us are afflicted greatly with at least one or two of these. And once you give in to one of these sins, the spirits of the other 6 will be only too glad to come into your soul also.
All of these sins will lead you directly to hell. – Lust – (“Lust is disordered desire for or inordinate enjoyment of sexual pleasure. “) To be fair, there is one good thing about the sin of Lust: it cannot persist into eternity. In actuality, sins of the flesh tend to burn themselves out over time. After a while lust becomes a habit and what pleasure it brought diminishes until we wonder what the attraction is. We can limit lust to sexuality, but we may want to consider the larger area of sensuality. Sensuality is the craving for physical pleasures of all kinds.
An inordinate desire to avoid pain, for physical and even emotional comfort, the best food and wine, the best looking car, can all be forms of lust. We try to make a heaven on earth, but instead we create a hell. Other people become ways of satisfying our needs. – Greed – “He who loves money never has money enough” There are at least three forms of greed: • an obsessive desire for ever more material goods and the attendant power. • a fearful need to store up surplus goods for a vaguely defined time of want. • a desire for more earthly goods for their own sake. The Greed of Power The real problem here is more the desire for power than the actual greed. A common thread for sin in general is that it is often borne out of fear. A fear of helplessness or loss of control can turn into a lust for power as a way of preventing an undesirable situation. The parable of the man with an abundant harvest is well worth considering. – The Greed of Fear Fear is a poor motivator for virtue, but an excellent one for greed. Sometimes, greed is simply a desire to have so much that we can’t possibly run out.
The Greed of Acquisition and Enslavement This is slavery, plain and simple. We can reduce ourselves to a small and cold desire to accumulate more electronic gear, trading cards, antiques or other collectibles. It is far beneath the dignity of human beings to enslave themselves to objects of their own making. It is well said that our possessions in some ways may come to own us. – Gluttony – “Put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. ” The chief error about Gluttony is to think it only pertains to food.
Some people can’t have enough toys, television, entertainment, sex, or company. It is about an excess of anything. The world is full of good things, from the beauty of the stars to the ever-changing and never-changing oceans to the pleasure of human company. We are free to enjoy these things without becoming focused on any one of them to the exclusion of all else. It is possible to become so caught up in a pleasure, whether food or fun, that we can no longer enjoy other things, and would be willing to sacrifice other pleasures for the one. Envy – For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. Envy can also derive from a sense of low self-esteem that results from an upward social comparison threatening a person’s self image: another person has something that the envier considers to be important to have. If the other person is perceived to be similar to the envier, the aroused envy will be particularly intense, because it signals to the envier that it just as well could have been he or she who had the desired object. Anger – “A mild answer calms wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. ” Some say we can’t control our emotions, but we “choose” our emotions from our “emotional toolbox. ” If anger is in our heart already, events will bring it out. If we have let God give us peace, our reaction to events will reflect this: we may respond to offenses or accidents with humor, kindness and patience, because that is what is in our heart. – Pride – “The Devil, the proud spirit, cannot endure to be mocked. ” Pride and vanity refuse the truth about who we are and substitute illusions for reality.
While vanity is mostly concerned with appearance, pride is based in a real desire to be God, at least in one’s own circle. -Sloth- “If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks. ” Most people think of sloth as laziness, not doing much of anything, but just sitting around doing nothing. Many people stay busy most of the time but don’t do the things they should, putting them off for later. They may be staying busy so they have an excuse. Sloth is a kind of spiritual laziness.
It means not making it a priority to do what we should, or change what we should in ourselves. Some people might call it apathy, which means a lack of feeling. The Capital Virtues, which are the opposite of the seven deadly sins, are as follows: Chastity – Chastity moderates desire for sexual pleasure, the body’s most imperious passion, according to principles of faith and right reason. Liberality- Liberality is a spirit of generosity for a proper and worthy charity that may involve the donation of our time, our money, or other possessions.
Temperance – Temperance is the virtue that moderates the desire for pleasure. It regulates every form of enjoyment that comes from the exercise of human volition Brotherly Love- Brotherly love is happiness in response to another’s success. Meekness – Meekness is a form of temperance that controls every inordinate resentment at another’s character or behavior. We approach meekness by cultivating patient thoughts. Humility – The capital virtue that recognizes our total dependence on God Diligence – The decision to fulfill all of the responsibilities in our vocation or state in life.