What is the #1 worst of the 7 Deadly Sins?
Please give an explanation for your pick of the #1 Deadly Sin to commit. List the rest in order from most egregious to least. They are: Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Pride, Sloth, Anger, and Greed.
Anger. Because nobody will ever be your friend. If you do make a friend then you each will be watching each other for life.
Unbelief. With that in your way you can't know Jesus intimately and believe he was the Son of God. Without Believing You die an eternal death.
I do not have anger, if that is what you are saying.
Thank you for answering, Kevin. Anger indeed does block friendships.
Having anger may eventually bring up all of the others for one reason - because anger began it all.
There is an 8th which compounds the problems of the others and, in all probability, is the root of the other 8 or more. Ignorance.
I think Greed is really bad. Because it obtains a lot of other deadly sins. To be greedy, one must believe that they are owed something in life, therefore pride sinks in as well & then lust, in which gluttony follows, and if you don't get what you desire envy can be the outcome. Very scary.
I don't think there is a worst of the lot. They are all extensions of ego (selfishness or self-concern) -- the source of all evil.
Even when someone does something "good," but feels good for having done it, they are feeding ego -- the master of this world.
Christ said that those who are first (egoists) shall be last, and those who are last (humble) shall be first.
A more complete picture of this includes the first commandment of love. Ego is the antithesis of love, because it is self-concerned. It is separateness and all too frequently "me against you."
If you can cultivate the heart of pure gold -- the giving without any consideration of receiving (even in the self-congratulatory satisfaction), then you are following Christ.
Without self-concern, you have no limitation. Your love becomes infinite, your generosity becomes unbounded, your forgiveness becomes effortless and your responsibility extends to everyone so that you can never again become a victim.
This is the level of miracles.
So, the most deadly sin is ego. Ego cannot love, but revels in lust. Ego is never humble, but can destroy self with suicide just to show the world who is right. Ego is never confident (faithful), but can be arrogant and fearful of discovery. And ego never takes responsibility, but loves to dish out blame. Ego is both victim and perpetrator -- wailing and gnashing.
Hi janshares! How's it going?
Keeping to the United States, we can start by noting that, like the "mother country," England, this country's early history from the foundation of the republic, is very much informed by the Protestant Reformation, the so-called "Protestant Work Ethic," and Calvinism, which is to say Protestant Calvinism.
The idea was that no one knew who was "saved" or not, only God knew who was going to hell or heaven upon death. But people can't stand not knowing something, not having an "inside track," as it were; and so, one of the social manifestation of all of this was the idea that solid material prosperity, if not wealth, gave some indication that one just might be one of the lucky few "saved."
Material prosperity gave an indication that you had avoided "Sloth." And you have to remember that Sloth or laziness, was regarded as rather a "gateway" sin, one which made you vulnerable to the others: "Idle hands are the Devil's workshop."
So, if you were material prosperous, if not rich, you had, apparently, not only avoided Sloth but, perhaps, many of the other sins which Sloth opened one up to. I suppose the idea was that if one were lazy, he would get into other activities which would unleash feelings in him of Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Pride, Anger, and Greed.
After all, Envy is wanting what someone else has because you are not satisfied with what you have (though I can't go along with the idea that inequality of wealth and income distribution in the United States is due to "sin'); Gluttony can involve using food to fill an emptiness in one's life (indicating that the person may need to work harder to create a full life, and all that); if you Lust after, say, the wife of your best friend, this may indicate that you need to work harder on your own marriage or relationship; and so on and so forth.
All of them can be reduced to one: selfishness. This is the original sin of Satan and of Adam and Eve. Selfishness places the individual above all others, including God. bandbseminars.com
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