I got to thinking about the 7 deadly sins and I decided to evaluate myself. How many of them am I even slightly guilty of? How far am I from the gates of hell?
Lust – usually thought of as involving obsessive or excessive thoughts or desires of a sexual nature.
I think I am safe from this one. While I do have carnal thoughts occasionally. Comparing it with other people, I don’t think it is either obsessive or excessive. Just … normal.
Gluttony – Derived from the Latin gluttire, meaning to gulp down or swallow, gluttony is the over-indulgence and over-consumption of anything to the point of waste.
As a rule I try to eat healthy. But I do slip every once in a while, particularly when we are talking about chocolates. However, my body gives me signals when to stop. My tongue starts to numb and hurt from all the sugar, my tummy starts to expand, my nape gets thicker.
Greed – like Lust and Gluttony, Greed is a sin of excess. However, Greed (as seen by the Church) applied to the acquisition of wealth in particular.
I like money, sure. But so far, my actions are not controlled by the desire for it.
Sloth – laziness, sadness, apathy; More than other sins, the definition of Sloth has changed considerably since its original inclusion among the seven deadly sins. In fact it was first called the sin of sadness. It had been in the early years of Christianity characterized by what modern writers would now describe as apathy, depression, and joylessness — the last being viewed as being a refusal to enjoy the goodness of God and the world He created.
There was a time when I would say I was guilty of this … it was when I was going through depression. Since then, I am happy to say my life is sloth-free.
Wrath – inordinate and uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger.
Anger, sure. Hatred, sure. Uncontrollable anger and hatred … I hope not!
As much as possible, I try to let go of anger and hatred. It is unhealthy. They are emotions that eat at you and change you into something unrecognizable.
Anger is so difficult to let go of. Especially if the person you are angry at won’t stop doing that which makes you angry. The solution, stop seeing and talking to that person until you have your emotions under control. At least, that’s what I do. Relationships are more important than hanging on to anger.
Envy – jealousy, malice; those who commit the sin of Envy desire something that someone else has which they perceive themselves as lacking.
I’ve never been rich so this means that I grew up not having most of the stuff my peers had. Sure, this made me envious, but I’ve learned that most of these things are things I can live without. They aren’t essential to my survival. So, if there is something I really, really like … I save up for it.
Pride – vanity, arrogance, narcissism; In almost every list Pride is considered the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins, and indeed the ultimate source from which the others arise. It is identified as a desire to be more important or attractive than others, failing to give compliments to others though they may be deserving of them, and excessive love of self (especially holding self out of proper position toward God). Dante’s definition was “love of self perverted to hatred and contempt for one’s neighbor.”
I wish I could say that I didn’t suffer from pride but that wouldn’t be true. I will admit that there have been times when I thought I was better at something than someone else, and felt good about it. I would like to think I don’t have pride in abundance, but just enough to have self-worth.
I’m not perfect … but at least I know from looking at this list that I do have a chance at heaven.