As to the Seven Deadly Sins, I deplore Pride, Wrath, Lust, Envy and Greed. Gluttony and Sloth I pretty much plan my day around.
I bet everyone out there have heard the phrase “men are from Mars and women are from Venus” but I am wondering how many have actually thought about this comparison of the sexes as it exists within the Christian family? And more specifically, as it relates to the issue of discord and sin!
I guess I began to ponder this the other day what I happened to turn on the television and as I was surfing the programming guide, up popped the movie “SE7EN”. Now, this is a fictional story about a serial killer who commits his crimes following the order of “The Seven Deadly Sins”. (The currently recognized version of these sins are wrath (anger), greed, sloth (laziness), pride, lust, envy and gluttony!) Now either he choose his victims because their behavior epitomizes the sin, or else he forces them to become the sin, as in the man he forced to eat and drink until he becomes immensely huge and dies because of it.
Now, the inspiration for the idea aside, it occurred to me to wonder just why it was these particular vices should lend themselves to being classified in the way they have been. They are, after all, not exactly big sins, or mortal sins, in that they really do not attack a principle that we hold as vital to human existence, such as the sin that is found in committing murder. Nor are they exactly little ones, or venial sins, such as the kind that might be found in the telling of that little white lie. Actually they may sort of toe the line of each side, depending on which one we choose to look at and under what circumstance they occur. But then I began to wonder if they were an entirely different breed of sin all together, and so I decided to look at each separately to see if I could discern exactly why they have been designated the way they have been. And I discovered something that surprised me. There exists a commonality among them all, despite the obvious differences they display when looking at the surface of each one. Unlike most sin, those “SE7EN” deadly ones do something very unique. Each one engenders or gives rise to other sins and vices in our behavior. And just as they accomplish this, I discovered that depending on our sex, we are more predisposed to commit them differently.
For MEN, the order of the offenses seems to be the following, according to researchers:
3. Laziness (Sloth)
4. Anger (Wrath)
For WOMEN, the order is much different, and, actually, makes perfect sense to me in that they seem to follow the tendencies toward the kinds weakness that I find within myself:
3. Anger (Wrath)
7. Laziness (Sloth)
Now considering that these particular sins were first listed back in the 6th Century, AD by Gregory the Great, I find that their relevance to today’s man and woman a rather remarkable testament to the weakness which we as people seem to continue to display 1500 years farther along the timeline of human existence! And yet, in thinking about it, from the earliest days of Bible passages, God endeavors to reinforce to mankind that no sin is an acceptable one, in his eyes. Hence laws written by His hand in tablets so long ago, and reinforced again and again by different great men within the Bible! I guess we as human beings are VERY slow learners!
As per King Solomon:
There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Proverbs 6: 16-19 NIV
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