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03/10/2008 Entry: "Seven Deadly Sins"

Did you hear about the new "updated" seven deadly sins? No? Ok, let's review.The Catholic church used to consider seven certain sins especially heinous. They were lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. They've been given a 21st century makeover. The new seven deadly sins are, and I'm not making this up:

1. Genetic Modification
2. Experimenting on Humans
3. Polluting the Environment
4. Causing Social Injustice
5. Causing Poverty
6. Becoming Obscenely Wealthy
7. Taking Drugs

One astute commentor on a blog wondered what the Catholic church herself was going to do about #6? Anyway, I thought I'd throw this out to you, which should (although sadly, it doesn't), put an end to the matter.

Proverbs 6:16-19
There are six things which the LORD hates,
Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
And hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that run rapidly to evil,
false witness who utters lies,
And one who spreads strife among brothers.

I'm not trying to turn this into an anti-Catholic thing. I'm not, at least in this post, going to get into deep theology. Yes, I know, if you break one part God's law, you've broken it all. And of course, when you're under the grace of Christ, you're not under the law anyway. My only point is, why do the seven deadly sins need to be updated at all? They were printed right there in Proverbs, many centuries before the Catholic church decided to use them for Catechism. Why not use the ones God used the first time? I'll just use the original set. They won't get outdated.

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I guess I should say upfront that I'm not exactly sure what is meant by the terminology "deadly"
sins. My knowledge of Catholic theology is somewhat limited. I'm assuming (yeah, I know about assumptions...) that these seven must be considered the real biggies. The ones that will drag your sorry posterior off to hell faster than the others. But "taking drugs"? Yes, in reality, using illegal drugs can kill your body faster than old mother time herself. But a deadly sin? I have major issues with that one. Street drug use is the symptom and not the real story of the person talking them. Little Agnes starts smoking weed to try and dull the pain of her abuse and she's guilty of a "deadly sin"? And are all drugs included in this new edict? Is aspirin? Is penicillin? How about insulin? And the biggest drug of all - alcohol? Seems some from the church might take issue with that one.

Clearly, I've gone off on a tangent here, Bill. Surprise!! Sorry about that. I do recognize what you were writing about. It just brought other things to mind.

Man, I have to start using my own blog again. confused


Posted by aza @ 03/11/2008 01:15 PM EST

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