Do you think the Seven Deadly Sins are solely responsible for the world`s problems?
Lust: Depraved thought, unwholesome morality, desire for excitement, or need to be accepted or recognized by others. Obsessive, unlawful, or unnatural sexual desire, such as desiring sex with a person outside marriage or engaging in unnatural sexual appetites.
Gluttony: Thoughtless waste of everything, overindulgence, misplaced sensuality, uncleanliness, and maliciously depriving others. Marked by refusal to share and unreasonable consumption of more than is necessary.
Greed/avarice: A strong desire to gain, especially in money or power. Disloyalty, deliberate betrayal, treason, especially for personal gain or when compensated. Scavenging and hoarding of materials or objects.
Sloth: Apathy, idleness, and wastefulness of time.
Anger: Inappropriate (unrighteous) feelings of hatred and anger. Denial of the truth to others or self. Impatience or revenge outside of justice. Wishing to do evil or harm to others. Self-righteousness.
Envy: Grieving spite and resentment of material objects, accomplishments, or character traits of others, or wishing others to fail or come to harm.
Pride: A desire to be more important or attractive to others, failing to give credit due others, or excessive love of self.
I believe in the devil as an actual spiritual entity, so I'd point to him as the cause of evil, but most problems can be subcategorized into the 7 deadlies, yes. There are a few exceptions, and I think some, like the depression and addiction KikiPeepers incompetently cstegorized, could be explained as a member of different groups.
There are no such things as "deadly" sins, per se, all sins are deadly and no sin is any more deadly than any other. The catholic church, and more specifically Pope Gregory came up with the idea of deadly sins, however the Bible speaks of all sins being equally deadly. The reason is because NO sin is allowed into heaven, and therefore a "small" sin is just as bad as a "big" sin and so we must be cleansed of that sin by Faith in Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. Sin is the ultimate problem in the world, and the only way to counterract that is through Jesus Christ.
On 9/29/2006 6:48:41 PM shabufala wrote: Well, they are so broad, that yes, theres no way everything bad couldn't be the rest direct or otherwise.
I'd agree with that. The 'deadly sins' aren't always actually bad, but they can be the cause of things when they go too far. And, since there are 7 which basically sum up all negative human emotions, they must be responsible for most problems created by humans. Not in a religious sense, though, no.
On 5/24/2006 11:43:09 AM UncleLaughie wrote: I believe in the devil as an actual spiritual entity, so I'd point to him as the cause of evil, but most problems can be subcategorized into the 7 deadlies, yes. There are a few exceptions, and I think some, like the depression and addiction KikiPeepers incompetently cstegorized, could be explained as a member of different groups.
Well, all the sins seem to be just headings for lots of other sins which happen to fall into those categories. If sin is a bad thing, and every sin falls into the seven deadly ones SOMEWHERE, then all wars are bound to be started by it.
On 5/24/2006 11:19:30 AM KikiPeepers wrote: On 5/23/2006 10:29:59 PM _CRYN_OUT_ wrote: No, what about depression? That's not a sin
No, but it IS responsible for some of the world's problems--which, unless I totally misinterpreted something, is what this question is about.
So yeah, I'd say no. Depression's also a cause, and don't think pride and lust are always that bad, either. I mean, sexual desire is natural, and what exactly constitutes "unwholesome morality" or "unnatural sexual desire" is really vague and debatable. And pride? Yeah, egotism to the point of ignoring others' needs and wants is bad, but there's nothing wrong with simply being proud of your achievements.
well, all the world's problems just come down to greed and hate, i say. if nobody hated each other, and nobody was greedy, it would be paradise. and then people say 'what about depression, blah blah blah'. but people are only depressed because everyone hates each other. i mean, even if you're poor and depressed, it still comes down to greed and hate. everybody's really greedy, so that's why nobody's helping you.