Thursday, March 19, 2009

SALIGIA - The 7 Deadly Sins

The seven deadly sins, also known as the capital vices or cardinal sins, are a classification of the most objectionable vices that were originally used in early Christian teachings to educate and instruct followers concerning (immoral) fallen man's tendency to sin.
They are: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride.

In 1589, Peter Binsfeld paired each of the deadly sins with a demon, who tempted people by means of the associated sin. According to Binsfeld's classification of demons, the pairings are as follows:

* Lucifer: Pride (superbia)
* Mammon: Greed (avaritia)
* Asmodeus: Lust (luxuria)
* Leviathan: Envy (invidia)
* Beelzebub: Gluttony (gula)
* Satan/Amon: Wrath (ira)
* Belphegor: Sloth (acedia)

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Pride - Superbia (Also known as vanity)

Considered the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins, it is indeed the ultimate source from which the others arise. It is a desire to be more important or attractive than others, failing to acknowledge the good work of others, and excessive love of self

In the story of Lucifer, his desire to compete with God (pride) was the cause of his fall from Heaven, resulting in his eventual transformation into Satan.

Greed - Avaritia (avarice, covetousness)

Like lust and gluttony, greed is a sin of excess. However, greed (as seen by the church) is applied to the acquisition of wealth in particular.

St. Thomas Aquinas wrote that greed was "a sin against God, just as all mortal sins, in as much as man condemns things eternal for the sake of temporal things."

Lust - Luxuria

Lust is the self-destructive drive for pleasure out of proportion to its worth. Sex, power, or image can be used well, but they tend to go out of control.

Dante's criterion was "excessive love of others."

Envy - Invidia

Like greed, envy may be characterized by an insatiable desire; they differ, however, for two main reasons. First, greed is largely associated with material goods, whereas envy may apply more generally. Second, those who commit the sin of envy resent that another person has something they perceive themselves as lacking, and wish the other person to be deprived of it.

Dante defined this as "love of one's own good perverted to a desire to deprive other men of theirs."

Gluttony - Gula

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. In the Christian religions, it is considered a sin because of the excessive desire for food, or its withholding from the needy.

Medieval church leader, Aquinas, went so far as to prepare a list of six ways to commit gluttony, including:

* Praepropere - eating too soon.
* Laute - eating too expensively (washedly).
* Nimis - eating too much.
* Ardenter - eating too eagerly (burningly).

* Studiose - eating too daintily (keenly).
* Forente - eating wildly (boringly).

Wrath - Ira

Wrath (or anger or "Rage") may be described as inordinate and uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger. These feelings can manifest as vehement denial of the truth, both to others and in the form of self-denial, impatience with the procedure of law, and the desire to seek revenge outside of the workings of the justice system (such as engaging in vigilantism) and generally wishing to do evil or harm to others.

was deemed as the ultimate, albeit tragic, expression of wrath directed inwardly, a final rejection of God's gifts.

Sloth - Acedia

First called the sin of sadness or despair, it had been in the early years of Christianity characterized by what modern writers would now describe as melancholy: apathy, depression, and joylessness.

A refusal to enjoy the goodness of God and the world God created.

I am guilty for as many as 5/7... what about you?

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