Well everyone knows the Seven Deadly Sins are the pinnacle of, well…deadliness. But perhaps not.
Sloth: Laziness is a SIN? I stay in bed until one pm in the morning, and I’m sinning? Okay, maybe by sloth they meant “is lazy all the time,” but I don’t think it matters. It’s a lifestyle choice. If you wanna be a slacker and are prepared to live with the consquences of not working, then hey, fine by me.
Pride: That’s just the way you feel sometimes. Can you help it? What if you’ve got something to be proud of? Perhaps the nature of this sin is that if you’re all proud, then you’ll put your trust in yourself, and not in God. Personally I don’t see what’s so bad about a little self-trust.
Avarice: Greed is bad? Maybe if it drives you to looting and killing. But isn’t it fine to feel greed if you don’t act upon it? And again, isn’t this an emotion you can’t help? Like if your neighbor shows off his new RV, and perfect house, etc.- can you blame yourself for this sin?
Wrath: Another emotion. You’re supposed to blame yourself for feeling angry? Are we supposed to walk around, suppressing our feelings, stifling rage, and being generally unhealthy? I know the dictionary defines wrath as VENGEFUL (sp?) anger- but even so, can you help it if you feel revenge? If you’ve been so wronged, is this emotion your fault?
Gluttony: I don’t see the sin here. Yes, eating a lot might make you obese- unless you have great metabolism. Maybe food was scarce in Biblical days? I say if you wanna be fat, your problem- why should God brand you a sinner for wanting to eat?
Envy: How is it your fault if you feel envious once in awhile? Perhaps envy can stimulate you- lead you to ambition. If you’re unhappy with your lot and life, and are feeling jealous of someone else, like…Bill Gates, couldn’t it theoretically stimulate you to work really hard, invent your own computer system, and also be rich? Or is this a sin because materialism is so wrong?
Lust: Lust. Now if we didn’t feel this one, how would we procreate the species? Lust- sex- unless you’re sexually repressed, is necessary. And not sinful at all.
If I had to pick a really deadly sin off this list…I guess it would be avarice. Even so I know I’ve felt it once in awhile. Who hasn’t? The others just don’t seem grave enough for sin. So let’s debate the alleged deadliness of the sins. Perhaps they worked last millenium, but maybe we need to up the ante a little now…