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 The Seven Deadly Sins

Spiritualityby Blue1moon

Most of us are familiar with this list: Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed, and Sloth. But did you know there were specific punishments for each of these sins? Or that Gandhi had his own list of seven deadly sins?


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History points to Evagrius of Pontus, a Greek monastic theologian, as having drawn up the original list. It included eight offences: gluttony, lust, avarice, sadness, anger, acedia (apathy/ sloth), vainglory and pride. Some time during the late 6th century, Pope Gregory the Great, changed and reduced the list. The final change came in the seventeenth century, when the Church replaced the sin of sadness with sloth.

Each of the seven deadly sins are connected with specific punishments that will be faced in Hell, according to "The Picture Book of Devils, Demons and Witchcraft," by Ernst and Joanna Lehner. These were: Pride – broken on the wheel; Envy – put in freezing water; Anger – dismemberment while alive; Sloth – thrown into a snake pit; Greed – dunked in cauldrons of boiling oil; and Gluttony – forced to eat rats, toads and snakes! Beware my friends!

In more modern times, Gandhi had his own list of Deadly Sins. These were: 1) Wealth without work; 2) Pleasure without conscience; 3) Science without humanity; 4) Knowledge without character; 5)Politics without principle; 6)Commerce without morality; and 7) Worship without sacrifice.

It might easily be argued that our leaders and politicians seem to need a refresher course on Gandhi’s list!



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