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Seven Deadly Sins of the Bible

List of the Seven Deadly Sins in the Bible

In the 6th century, Pope Gregory the Great stated that the seven deadly sins are as follows:

  • Pride - the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins, and the source from which the other deadly sins arise. Pride is a desire to be more important or attractive than others.
  • Envy - the desire to have something that someone else has which they perceive themselves as lacking.
  • Gluttony - over-indulgence and over-consumption of anything to the point of waste.
  • Lust - thought of as involving obsessive or excessive thoughts or desires of a sexual nature.
  • Anger/Wrath - inordinate and uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger.
  • Greed - a sin of access; concentrating too much on earthy thoughts. Greedy behavior such as disloyalty, deliberate betrayal or treason.
  • Sloth - the “failure to love God with all one’s heart, all one’s mind and all one’s soul."

Although these are undeniably sins, they are never given the description of "the seven deadly sins" in the Bible. The church divided sins in two different types venial and capital. Venial sins could be forgiven without the need to confess these sins and capital sins merited damnation. Capital sins could have a fatal effect on an individual’s spiritual health. British wall paintings stressed the connection between committing the Deadly Sins and ending up in Hell.

Instead of keeping the seven deadly sins a secret the church wanted to educate their people regarding the importance of even thinking about these dangerous actions:

  • so that they would not commit these sins without realizing how serious they were,
  • so that they would be able to confess any such sins and gain absolution.

This desire to educate the laity about the Seven Deadly Sins can be particularly associated with the Fourth Lateran Council (1214).

The Fourth Lateran Council established the practice of annual confession for all, declaring that:

"All the Faithful of both sexes shall, after they have reached the age of discretion, faithfully confess all their sins at least once a year to their own (parish) priest and perform to the best of their ability the penance imposed, receiving reverently at least at Easter the sacrament of the Eucharist, unless perchance at the advice of their priest they may for a good reason abstain for a time from its reception; otherwise they shall be cut off from the Church during life and deprived of Christian burial in death. Wherefore, let this salutary decree be published frequently in the churches, that no one may find in the plea of ignorance a shadow of excuse."

Seven deadly sins as stated in the bible:

Proverbs 6:16-19 (New International Reader's Version)
16 There are six things the Lord hates.
In fact, he hates seven things.
17 The Lord hates proud eyes,
a lying tongue,
and hands that kill those who aren't guilty.
18 He also hates hearts that make evil plans,
feet that are quick to do evil,
19 any witness who pours out lies,
and anyone who stirs up family fights.

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Proverbs 6:16-19 (New King James Version)
16 These six things the LORD hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
18A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.

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