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Where exactly did the 7 deadly sins come from?

Are they anywhere in the Bible?
Do only Catholics talk about it?
Are any of them supposed to be "worse" than the others?

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caitxrawks

Asked by caitxrawks at 7:35 PM on Aug. 30, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • According to Sacred Origins of Profound Things, by Charles Panati, Greek monastic theologian Evagrius of Pontus first drew up a list of eight offenses and wicked human passions:. They were, in order of increasing seriousness: gluttony, lust, avarice, sadness, anger, acedia, vainglory, and pride. Evagrius saw the escalating severity as representing increasing fixation with the self, with pride as the most egregious of the sins. Acedia (from the Greek 'akedia,' or 'not to care') denoted 'spiritual sloth.'

    In the late 6th century, Pope Gregory the Great reduced the list to seven items, folding vainglory into pride, acedia into sadness, and adding envy. His ranking of the Sins' seriousness was based on the degree from which they offended against love. It was, from most serious to least: pride, envy, anger, sadness, avarice, gluttony, and lust. Later theologians, including St. Thomas Aquinas, would contradict the notion tha
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:46 PM on Aug. 30, 2009

  • including St. Thomas Aquinas, would contradict the notion that the seriousness of the sins could be ranked in this way. The term 'covetousness' has historically been used interchangeably with 'avarice' in accounts of the Deadly Sins. In the seventeenth century, the Church replaced the vague sin of 'sadness' with sloth.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:46 PM on Aug. 30, 2009

  • I don't know, LOL. I don't think they are in the Bible (although they are mentioned seperately in the Bible just not as The Seven Deadly Sins). From what I understand from my friend who used to be a Catholic, they are based on an idea that there are venial sins, and mortal sins. And if you commit a mortal sin, before you die and you don't go to confession that is really bad.

    I don't know, LOL.

    I hope erin or somene comes and clears this up for you, LOL.
    Cinnamon-mom

    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 7:46 PM on Aug. 30, 2009

  • Are they anywhere in the Bible? Not as a list
    Do only Catholics talk about it? Not sure but Catholics do not use solo scriputer and can find scriputer to back up why solo scripture is wrong.
    Are any of them supposed to be "worse" than the others They are the deadly ones.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:47 PM on Aug. 30, 2009

  • Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:50 PM on Aug. 30, 2009

  • It's part of the Catholic infallible teachings, which focus on morals and values. They aren't listed in the Bible per se.

    I was raised Catholic and see nothing wrong with it. My husband on the other hand believes if it's not in the Bible, then you can't believe it, it is the work of man and man is fallible.
    prettyrayray

    Answer by prettyrayray at 8:01 PM on Aug. 30, 2009

  • Proverbs 6:16-19
    There are six things the Lord hates,

    seven that are detestable to him:

    17 haughty eyes,

    a lying tongue,

    hands that shed innocent blood,

    18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,

    feet that are quick to rush into evil,

    19 a false witness who pours out lies
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:14 PM on Aug. 30, 2009

  • Here it is again (last line didn't copy/paste).

    Proverbs 6:16-19

    There are six things the Lord hates,

    seven that are detestable to him:

    17 haughty eyes,

    a lying tongue,

    hands that shed innocent blood,

    18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,

    feet that are quick to rush into evil,

    19 a false witness who pours out lies

    and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.


    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:19 PM on Aug. 30, 2009

  • anon, those are not the 7 deadly sins :-)
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:19 PM on Aug. 30, 2009

  • Anonymous
    anon, those are not the 7 deadly sins :-)


    I don't understand why a man would write a list of sins and call them 7 deadly sins. The bible doesn't list sins like that and call them deadly. All sin is deadly. Romans 6:23 (NIV)
    23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:23 PM on Aug. 30, 2009

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