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Real Answers™
Copyright: © 2008 Jan White
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By: Jan White

The seven deadly sins made the news in recent weeks because a new list of seven deadly sins was announced by the Vatican.

Around the year 600, the original seven deadly sins – pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy and sloth - were compiled by Pope Gregory I.  You won’t find this list in one verse, but there’s Scripture in the Bible concerning each one.

According to an interview with a Vatican spokesperson, the original seven deadly sins have an individualistic dimension, while the new seven have a social resonance and show worshippers that their vices affect other people.

The seven deadly sins for the 21st century include polluting, genetic engineering, obscene riches, taking drugs, abortion, and pedophilia and causing social injustice.  Of course, both lists combined do not begin to cover every sin.  The Ten Commandments forbid murder, theft, adultery, lying, taking God’s name in vain, and worshipping other gods.

Where did sin come from in the first place?  Let’s go back to the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit from the one tree God commanded them not to eat. 

“It wasn’t the apple that ruined everything.  It was the pair on the ground,” someone once said. 

Since Adam and Eve sinned, we sin by second nature.  We are all born sinners.  Ask any parent.  A small child doesn’t need to be taught how to be selfish. 

In Romans 5, we read, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned…For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous…For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 5:12, 19 & 6:23).


Recently, I read a book about sin titled, Not the Way It’s Supposed To Be.  The author, Cornelius Plantinga, says the Bible describes sin as “missing the target, a wandering from the path, a straying from the fold.  Sin is a hard heart and a stiff neck.  Sin is blindness and deafness.  It is both the overstepping of a line and the failure to reach it – both transgression and shortcoming….Above all, sin disrupts and resists the vital human relations to God.”

Oswald Chambers has written, “The essence of sin is the refusal to recognize that we are accountable to God at all.”  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (see Romans 5:8).  “Christ hates the sin in people, and Calvary is the measure of his hatred,” according to Oswald Chambers.

John Newton, former slave trader turned minister, who wrote the hymn, Amazing Grace, said near the end of his life, “I remember two things, that I am a great sinner, and that Christ is a great Savior.”


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