Seven Deadly Sins that Humans Must Avoid

Deadly Sins
Sin is an act of deviating from the law and will of God. In the Bible there is a lot of terminology for sin, such as sin of the heart, sin of the mind, sin of the mouth, and even sin of action. Strangely, humans often commit these sins in everyday life.

The church fathers also classified sins in the Bible into two types, namely venial sins and mortal sins. “The Seven Deadly Sins” or the 7 major deadly sins is a concept used by the church for a long time to teach about sin to the congregation. So, what is included in The Seven Deadly Sins?

History of the 7 Deadly Sins

In fact, the Bible does not directly mention the 7 major sins, but this concept has been known for a long time. Starting from the fourth century, when Evagrius Ponticus, a Christian monk, wrote down the idea of the Eight Evil Thoughts consisting of pride, lust, anger, greed, sadness, laziness, gluttony and pride.

Ponticus wrote these ideas only for other monks and not for the general public. In his writing, he explains how these eight thoughts can interfere with their spiritual practice.

Furthermore, John Cassian, one of Ponticus’ students, brought these ideas and ideas to the western church, this is where Ponticus’ thoughts were translated from Greek to Latin.

In the sixth century, Ponticus’ ideas were reorganized by St. Gregory the Great who later became Pope Gregory I. In the process, this idea was changed by removing laziness and adding envy.

He also described pride as the “master” of the other seven evils. In the 13th century, a theologian named Thomas Aquinas revised this idea in his Summa Theologica (Summary of Theology).

In his list, Aquinas again included “laziness” and removed “sorrow.” Apart from that, he also describes the nature of pride separately and makes it the supreme ruler of the seven major human sins.

Finally, the concept of the seven major sins that we know today was born, consisting of Pride, Greed, Anger or Wrath, Envy or Malice, Lust or Fornication, Gluttony and Sloth or Sloth.

Basically, these seven major sins are not literally deadly sins or directly cause the person who commits them to die. However, these seven sins can give birth to other sins that are more serious and contrary to the “Seven Virtues of Catholicism” or the Seven Catholic Virtues.

The Seven Virtues of Catholicism is another Catholic teaching which consists of Humility (humility), Chastity (purity), Liberality (generosity), Temperance (simplicity), Patience (patience), Diligence (diligence), and Kindness (kindness).

For example, when Grameds is dominated by greed, you can do anything to satisfy that lust. Like stealing and even killing to get what you want. So greed is the main reason you commit other crimes.

What are Seven Deadly Sins:

1. Arrogance (Pride)

As explained above, arrogance or pride is the culmination of the seven major sins, the most important and most dangerous sin. Arrogance is a trait that makes humans have excessive confidence in their own abilities, so they are not aware of the existence of gifts from the Almighty.

Humans who are controlled by pride will feel that they are the most righteous among others. This characteristic can also make people really love themselves and will do anything to maintain their self-esteem.

God does grant humans faith and at a reasonable point faith is a positive thing. However, if it is too much it can make people trapped in arrogance that destroys them.

Unfortunately, sometimes it is still difficult for us to distinguish whether we are feeling confident or are trapped in arrogance. However, if you think about it again, arrogance is usually born when we position ourselves as superior to other people.

To deal with pride, we can start by building awareness that everything we get is a gift from God, be more grateful for God’s grace, avoid talking about our own goodness, and praise God a lot.

2. Greed

Avarice means greed or a great desire to have wealth. Greedy people will keep wealth for themselves without other people who need help.

Even greedy people are willing to sell anything to gain wealth, even though in fact wealth itself is only temporary. Apart from wealth, greed can also make people ambitious to fulfill their personal interests in any way, including committing betrayal.

For greedy people, stealing, robbing, and cheating are considered an attempt to obtain wealth or something they want. Then, what was even worse, he didn’t want to share whatever he had to help fellow humans in need.

The easiest way to overcome greed is to remember that wealth, position, social status are only temporary. Apart from that, remembering that we will always need other people can also help reduce stinginess. Don’t forget to appreciate the efforts made by other people.

3. Envy (Envy)

Envy is a feeling of dissatisfaction or displeasure when seeing other people’s advantages. These advantages come in various types, they can be power, wealth, achievement, position, and even happiness. For example, feeling unhappy when a friend gets better grades.

Generally, this feeling of envy arises because of the inability to have something better and also because of feeling dissatisfied when seeing other people’s happiness.

In this era of social media, we can more easily feel jealous of other people. Because, we can see other people’s achievements and strengths through the photos or videos they upload on social media.

So, how do you overcome this feeling of jealousy? First, we must realize that envy is a great sin. Then, avoid words and actions that belittle other people and always be grateful to God for what we have.

4. Wrath/Anger (Wrath)

Wrath or anger, in Latin is called “Ira”. Under normal conditions, anger is a natural response that arises when seeing injustice. However, anger in major sins is more than that because it can lead to evil deeds.

In the Catechism it is stated that anger is the same as the desire to intentionally injure or kill another person. These feelings can arise from selfish reasons, such as jealousy or something else.

When a person is controlled by anger, he will have difficulty using his mind, so he can easily hurt other people, either through words or actions.

Therefore, it is best to build patience within yourself because patience is the opposite of anger. Apart from that, we must also always see God’s presence in fellow humans.

On the other hand, try to get more exercise and divert feelings of anger to more positive things. For example, when you feel angry, you can listen to songs or walk while controlling your emotions.

5. Lust (Lust)

Lust is defined as lust which means the desire to experience excessive sexual pleasure. Therefore, things such as sexual addiction, adultery, rape, fornication, perversion, bestiality, and incest are included in this lust.

In fact, lust and sex are different things. Sex is a way for humans to reproduce and is a gift from God to men and women who are bound in marriage.

Meanwhile, lust is the desire to get excessive pleasure from sex to the point of drowning in it and not believing that there is pleasure that can be obtained from other things.

Humans who are controlled by their desires will be filled with dirty thoughts, lose their own freedom, do not feel inner peace, often feel guilty, have difficulty accepting themselves, and can even fall into promiscuity.

In order to avoid being trapped by lust, we must avoid things that can stimulate such as adult pictures and films. Apart from that, do more positive activities such as exercising, reading books, socializing with neighbors, or others.

6. Gluttony (Gluttony)

Greedy or gluttony is a sin that arises from the habit of eating excessively so that what is eaten is ultimately wasted. In short, gluttony is related to the way we eat.

A human being is said to be greedy if he eats before time (Praepropere), consumes food that is very expensive (Laute), eats excessively (Nimis), eats with great desire (Ardenter), eats quickly because he doesn’t want to lose to others (Studiose ), and eating wildly like animals (Forente).

Apart from being related to eating, gluttony can also be related to an excessive desire to get money. Humans who are enslaved by greed will use any means to obtain property and wealth. In fact, he valued his wealth more than God.

In order to avoid this feeling of greed, we must get used to eating, drinking, studying, working in a balanced way so that life is more orderly. Apart from that, we also have to remember that our bodies can only accommodate a certain amount of food every day, if too much food can actually cause dangerous diseases.

7. Sloth (Sloth)

Laziness is a condition of not caring about anything around you. Laziness is a major sin because it can make humans fail to maximize the potential given by God.

Lazy people usually give up easily, have no desire to act, are often careless, and only try half-heartedly. More than that, laziness can be related to a sense of hopelessness which will make people fail to maximize their talents.

Apart from that, there are several other characteristics that describe laziness, including:

    • Happy to be unemployed
    • Often negligent in carrying out tasks
    • Reckless and irresponsible
    • Not being able to complete assignments or work on time
    • Does not prioritize cleanliness and tidiness
    • Resting too much
    • Often procrastinates and is not disciplined

One of the most effective ways to overcome laziness is to live an organized and disciplined life so that we get used to doing things the way we should. Then, don’t forget, always motivate yourself to complete assignments and work on time.

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