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The Seven Deadly Sins

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Everything you ever wanted to know

Are the Seven Deadly Sins considered Catholic dogma?

The list (as it is) originated in the Catholic Church, with Pope St. Gregory the Great, but it is really more of a help for spiritual progress than a doctrine. The Gospel already covers them all very well, and so does the whole Bible, and countless books. The Seven Deadly Sins is just a very short list that is easy to understand and apply. That doesn't mean we worship Greed if we want to, only that the Gospel already says it is bad, and this was revealed long before this list was made. That is another way of looking at it, too: this list is not a new revelation, only a condensed version of what had already been said very clearly.

Why are the Seven Deadly Sins considered "deadly"?

They are called "deadly" because they wound love, and therefore do great harm to our relationship with God and others. Eventually, they can kill the soul, in a sense. And they aren't much fun to live with, either.

What colors are associated with the Seven Deadly Sins?

Although some artists have used specific colors, there does not appear to be an artistic rule for this. We often associate green with Envy, but colors are such wonderful things that it seems a shame to associate them with sins. All the sins should probably get the dingy colors, though, because they are pretty boring.

What animals are associated with the Seven Deadly Sins?

Sorry, same answer. There doesn't seem to be any sort of consistent pattern here. Maybe a pig for Gluttony, a peacock for Pride? Maybe a Pride of Lions.

Too much virtue is bad and not enough vice is bad. Please tell everyone this.

(Not really a question.) Early Christians and Greek philosophers would disagree. If you can have too much, it isn't an instrinsic good. When people talk about "too much love," they really mean the "wrong kind of love," which isn't love at all. Obsessive self destruction, maybe, but not love. In the same way, some people claim a certain amount of Pride is good. Again, there is no basis for this in the Scriptures or Church teaching. Pride was the downfall of Lucifer, the first humans and their children. Oedipus' overweaning Pride destroyed him and those around him. Over and over again, Pride causes grief. Why would we want to defend it? Then again, some people keep dangerous pets that eventually eat their child (or their neighbor's) so it must be (fallen) human nature to "sow the seeds of our own destruction." The same for Gluttony or Anger. In what way are these ever positives? Righteous anger may appear to be an exception, but the vice of Anger is common, self-centered and destructive, while righteous anger is rare, centers on justice and others' rights, and is cleansing. Jesus clearing the Temple is an example of righteous anger. Most of us will never experience it.

I think that you would have to be completely unhuman to keep within the boundaries of the seven deadly sins. If you know anyone tell them i admire them.

Actually, almost everyone is within the bounds of the Seven Deadly Sins. The hard part is escaping them, and being free, even for a moment. Lots of people think virtue is being bound and sin is liberating. Captives don't really understand freedom until they have a taste of it; they will never be content with slavery after tasting freedom. In the same way, I've had enough freedom now to know I can never go back to my former way of life. I admire Jesus partly because it is great to see someone that is totally free. I love him because he shares his freedom with me.

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