The Seven Deadly Sins

Christianity has, traditionally, spoken a
lot about sinners. In the fourth century, the Church identified ‘seven deadly sins’:
failings of character that were to be particularly condemned and avoided by all righteous people.
They were; Pride (being snobbish and boastful) Envy, Wrath (getting very angry), Gluttony
(eating too much), Lust (wanting to sleep around), Sloth (being lazy) and finally
Greed. Christianity took these to be severe faults of the soul that marked out a person
as a fitting target for scolding and punishment. God himself would, on the Day of Judgement,
be remorseless with sinners and send them to spend millennia in the darker, more tortured
bits of Purgatory. We may not use precisely such traditional, theological words today,
and we may not imagine the Creator of the Universe as someone who organises chastisement
for people beyond the grave. But, in the spirit in which we interpret failings of character
and respond to people’s less fortunate sides in the online and real worlds, we tend to
retain a similarly damning and ungenerous set of attitudes. We may feel that, through
our harshness, we are helping humanity to improve, but if this is really our goal, then
it pays to move beyond mere condemnation in an attempt to understand what truly drives
people in their more regrettable moments. We stand to stumble on a surprising truth:
behaviour we call sinful is never simply that. It represents an unfortunate first response
to difficulty and distress that could, if it were properly understood, guided and forgiven,
be redirected towards nobler ends. We aren’t evil, so much as in a lot of pain in a series
of areas. Let’s consider each of the seven sins in turn: Pride – It can appear as if
we end up boasting and grandstanding because we’re so pleased with ourselves. Far from
it. Boasting is only ever a response to a feeling of invisibility. We badly need to
thrust forward an idea of our own importance because (behind the scenes) our very right
to exist seems so much in question. We see it as almost inevitable that others will think
ill of us – unless we urgently and dramatically assert our greatness. That is why, of all
people, the proud don’t need to be told they are terrible; this is precisely what
they secretly think they are already. They need encouragement to feel a more genuine
pride in their own merits – so as to be spared the manic impulse constantly to call
them to the attention of others. Envy – Envy is a graceless way of confronting an idea
that is, in other contexts, fundamental to decent ambition as well as modesty of character:
the notion that we are incomplete, imperfect and in need of improvement. Envy grows from
the legitimate insight that others have something to teach us – mixed together with a degree
of inaccuracy and panic about what this might actually be. Envy should, ideally, be our
teacher. We should note when it strikes us, sift through its confused signals and use
them to work out our direction and purpose. The solution isn’t to be made to feel guilty
for our envious attacks. It is to be helped to understand what is truly missing from our
lives. Wrath – The mean angry things we say when we’re upset are almost never truly
meant. They are the result of panic and anxiety. We call someone a stupid fool because we are,
that moment, terrified. We shout because we feel we’re fighting for our lives. Therefore,
instead of being repeatedly told how appalling it is to be angry (we of course know this
quite well already), what we need is someone to demonstrate a proper understanding of our
underlying fears. ‘You must be scared’ is the kindest but also the most effective
response to any angry outburst; it puts its finger on what is really going on. We need
others to appreciate our fragility, not berate us for our roars. Gluttony – We eat too
many chicken wings and toasted sandwiches not because we’re greedy, but because we
are emotionally starving. We want love far more than we want calories; we’re just at
a loss as to how to find it. So the solution isn’t to be told to eat less (as diet gurus
and Christian theologians suggest); it is to be helped to discover new sources of kindness,
security and emotional connection. Our appetite isn’t essentially bad – it simply hasn’t
found its ideal target. Our excess weight is a symbol of our background emotional undernourishment.
Lust – We want to keep jumping into bed with people not out of degeneracy, but because
we are lonely. Sex is the epitome of connection and acceptance. The so-called ‘bad’ and
erotic things we crave feel so exciting because we read them as proofs of someone else’s
open-ended affection, which is in such short supply in ordinary life. Ideally we’d not
be less lustful, we’d be clearer about what we genuinely need from sex: which is acceptance
of our messy, complex and all-too-human selves. Sloth – Laziness is really fear. We can’t
bear to get down to our work, because if we were to apply ourselves, we risk terrifying
humiliation. We might not succeed as well as we’d like, we might find a task too hard,
we may realise we’re not yet equipped to undertake it or be mocked by the world. These
aren’t failings so much as hugely understandable anxieties. Behind our inaction is anticipated
disaster; a catastrophizing mind. We will begin at last when the fear of doing nothing
at all trumps the crippling fear of doing something badly. Greed – The powerful urge
to take more than our fair share is really a reaction to a feeling of deprivation; we’ve
felt so neglected and vulnerable, we require ever more. Our fear is so entrenched, we’re
trying to keep it at bay by grabbing as much as we can, as quickly as possible. To others,
we may make look already advantaged and privileged; inside we just feel desperate. In short, our
‘sins’ are not signs of being bad people. They are the shape our unmet needs take when
we haven’t found any better way of addressing them. We don’t have to be berated or threatened
with hell. We need an open affection that welcomes us as we are, a forgiveness that
doesn’t involve criticism and a tenderness that delicately, without humiliation, locates
our true vulnerabilities and encourages our own native appetite
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100 thoughts on “The Seven Deadly Sins

  1. Sloth is one of the neglected sins. While the spotlight is focused on the heavyweight sins like greed and gluttony, sloth is off relaxing in the shadows. Almost everyone can feel good about themselves for not being slothful. I mean, everyone is slothful a little bit. But it’s almost impossible to be a total sloth. When was the last time you said, “That guy is a total sloth? ” Hey, I think sloth is a kind of animal, isn’t it? Yeah, the three-toed sloth. I wonder how they feel about being the embodiment of sin. I think Jesus should remove sloth from the sin list. At the very least, stop calling it a “deadly” sin. It’s only deadly if you never get up. Try to picture a person living in sloth. My picture is of an unshaven guy in a dirty shirt lying on the floor with a pizza box and beer cans strewn about. It’s a frat house! You know how in cartoons, after a guy is hit on the head with a mallet, his eyes looks like little x’s? Well, that’s what this slothy guy has – little x’s for eyes. You almost never think of a woman when you think of sloth. You should. I think of the fat lady in the circus as being slothful. I don’t know why. I’ve never seen the inside of her trailer but I’ll bet it’s a big mess.

  2. I was all set to mock this, but the graphics got me in their grip. 🙂

  3. So actually, hoarders are far greedier than the corporate executives whom they profess to hate….interesting.

  4. America and a VAST majority of the rest of the world..BRING THESE " SINS" life..MY SIN IS NOT MENTION THE DEADLIEST…HATE..AT MY CORE I HATE ANYTHING LIVING.

  5. Wats the point in being a human if u don't have atleast one of these 7 sins

  6. I have committed 6 of the 7 deadly sins and GREED is not one of them. I just miss my love T__T

  7. There's a difference between what Jesus said and what church said… Church messed up christianity

  8. Most of us are guilty of these seven sin.,In Romans 3:23 says all have fall short of God's glory.but , thanks you God for your goodness, thank you for your grace that has brought us through.

  9. No matter how much you sin you can still be excepted by God. If you truly have guilt for what you did and you believe in your heart god can forgive you. You can live in Heaven. You may not be forgiven by those you love but there is always a place for you in God’s eyes. That is the idea Christianity was based on.

  10. I put my faith on jesus christ not the church and psychology mumbo jumbo thats enough for me

  11. I think my problem is sloth…I work so hard for my parents admiration..there is nothing left for me. I look good on the out and about…but when it comes to doing it for me..i get so critical…way over rhink things.

  12. When he said sloth meant laziness I freaked out but for god to forgive your sins except him in your heart

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  14. Im a sloth?okay i think i am going to hell…press the very sacred like button to protect your self

  15. "we eat too many chicken wings abpnd toasted sandwhiches"

    𝓘 𝓯𝓮𝓵𝓽 𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓽

  16. Who is responsible for this video!! I was drawn in and I couldn't look away. Incredible.

  17. So we basically gonna fill hell up! Cause we left with no choice but to be perfect. That don’t make us human

  18. Creative and intelligent translation and interpretation of the 7 deadly sins. Amazing!!!

  19. The seven sins take no side,it takes root in everyone.And as it is.When a god plays dirty,A demon will be there to punish him.

  20. We have demons all of them are 7 deadly sins and they are deadly sins and we all want to be loved we are angry we a human beings that make bad choices and mistakes we pay for it! Its good to have some pride in your work and yourself but don't over due it like all the other 7 deadly sins. Were all desperate and we all want things in our life to make us happy! There are the 7 Virtues that beat out the 7 deadly sins.

  21. Ok so i have Fat,Lazy,Envy,Pride
    Although my pride /Happiness is going away so

  22. So I did all 7 of them except lust and pride…….
    My mom did lust…..

  23. It's okay if you don't know all the sins and you broke all of it as long as you don't do it again we learn from our mistake now you know what the sins are you won't do it again

  24. When you also realize that all Spongebob Swuarepants 7 main characters are based on the 7 deadly sins

    The more you know eh?
    Our childhood was based on something bad so that we can see it as not effective so we change it.

    Nice Work Nickelodeon.

  25. Sin is derived from the hebrew word Khata which means to make mistakes or simply an error so when someone says u are sinful it just means u make a lot of mistakes in life and probably everyone of u have felt or experienced punishments for your mistakes,maybe not momentarily but u have i testify for that cause i know when i "Sin" against my fellow Son or Daughter of Adam i get punished

  26. Wait….God isn't real because the dinosaurs were on the earth even before God existed and people say that God made the earth… honey… need to lie better…. Also dinosaurs are REAL there are fossils for people who don't believe…

  27. 3:57 That's was Pretty Clever. And metaphorically speaking, done in by themselves. (Or in this case a large chunk of a building with a point on top)

  28. good video

    this strangely reminded me of the game Little Big Planet for some reason

  29. This brightened up my day. Thankyou our lord jesus for everything you have done to us. You never left us on our own .. you keep on guiding us and forgiving our sins.

  30. that terrible religion fucked my mind up so bad, being sexually free has unlocked my ability to be a well rounded human and not ashamed of myself..

  31. Except for gluttony, I see myself evincing all the sins from time to time


  33. 0:47 sadly it is still like this in islamic religion and we are taught that if you do this you are very very bad person who gonna be sent to hell forever
    especially lust .

  34. Amazing work, it hits the nail in the head regarding the true nature and meaning of the seven deadly sins.

  35. This is why I don't like religion cause most of the time ones who make these rules to perfection are the real sinners

  36. I already know I'm going to help now I'm definitely going I have committed almost all the sins and I'm pan pray for me😅😢

  37. I think the one that hurt me the most was the greed!!!!!!!! 😭😭😭

  38. Spongebob is about the seven deadly sins:

    Spongebob: Lust
    He loves everyone around him.

    Squidward: Warth
    He is very mean in almost every episode

    Patrick: Sloth
    He is lazy everyday.

    Mr. Krab: Greed
    He wants all the money.

    Plankton: Envy
    He is jealous of mr. Krabs wealth

    Sandy: Pride
    She boast and talks about how she is a mammal and how she lives in Texas.

    Gary: Gluttony
    He eats a lot.

  39. I see people making jokes in the comments. It’s all cool but going to hell is no joke.

  40. After the first 35 seconds…😱🤯😵😨 well fuck… I guess alotta people gonna swing by hell at least once apparently 🧐😱

  41. Females were always taller then the males, sorry , sin is sin hell is hell. I have no use for your dish water.
    It can be hell to change your
    Personality , and it takes time not everyone is capable of such honesty as it takes, you have to drink saint paul " milk" untill your ready for soild food.
    Your feel good , you dont got to be a christian flavored water is in fact spiritual poison.

  42. Sloth can also mean lethargy (lack of enthusiasm/motivation), boredom, and apathy. Not just laziness.

  43. Thank you. Please see my Orthodox Christian videos about the end times on You Tube under 'marykfilms.'

  44. as an atheist, i like this video and the message it sends, i even like the way it uses religion as a medium

  45. God said "you will believe I am good, love and forgiving or I will burn your ass in hell FOREVER" The crime hardly seems to fit the punishment.

  46. It's interesting how you equate the 7 deadly sins as Psychological flaws, of how our sinful nature is connected to psycho/emotional voids and deprivations. Self proclaimed Christians often lack maturity and understanding about this and thus are too quick to condemn others.

  47. why do so many youtube videos have annoying, domination background sound?

  48. People fail to realize, that there is ONLY ONE SIN; being ignorant of WHO YOU ARE. For Love is Life and Life is Love. And the two, are both eternal and unconditional.

    Namasté; loving, sharing, caring, and giving.

    P.E.A.C.E. – People Everywhere Are Comin' Enlighten.

  49. Okay I'm going to hell then. Cause i fell anger every now and then wtf

  50. According to my belief
    Envy is abusive level of jealousy
    And lust is abusive sexual desire

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