Seven Deadly Sins

The seven deadly sins, or cardinal sins, were vices listed in the early 6th century in order to educate Christian followers and guide them away from sin. As listed by both Pope Gregory the Great and Dante Alighieri, the Cardinal Sins are:

1). Luxuria (Lust)

2). Gula (Gluttony)

3). Avaritia (Greed/Avarice)

4). Acedia (Sloth)

5). Ira (Wrath)

6). Invidia (Envy)

7). Superbia (Pride/Hubris)

I'm not too sure about the whole "people fighting these sins off from fear of being dismembered and thrown into vats of oil where snakes will bite your toes off while you roll a heavy stone up a hill and each time you reach the top the stone rolls off leaving you in a nonproductive state of pain." I guess, apart from lust, sloth and glutonny, the rest of the sins (greed, wrath, envy and pride) are actually just essential components of the nafs (ego). Lust, sloth and gluttony seem more like "physical sins" - the lack of control over the body. Maybe once we begin controlling our human bodies effectively and ridding ourselves of the nafs, we can come closer to finding some spiritual connection.

Wikipedia: Seven Deadly Sins
Essay: "The Seven Deadly Sins at Work" by Andrew D. Carson

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