What are the Seven Deadly Sins

What are the Seven Deadly Sins

Do you know what the seven deadly sins are? Do you think these sins really result in eternal punishment in hell? In this article, we will answer some FAQs about these seven sins and try to explain them.
The seven deadly sins are the objectionable vices as defined by the early Catholic church, which can result in the eternal damnation of the person who commits them. They are also referred to as the Capital Vices or Cardinal Sins. While we humans are most susceptible to them, not many of us know what they actually are, and this ignorance has fueled several myths about them. Some people, for instance, feel that these are the seven sins which the Lord can never forgive, however, it is clearly mentioned in the Bible that unbelief (the rejection in the belief of God) is the only sin, which cannot be forgiven, as it questions the basic existence of the almighty.

The Seven Sins Explained

The seven Cardinal Sins as defined by the early Catholic church were pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed, and sloth. Each of these were associated with a particular demon. These demons, namely Satan, Mammon, Asmodeus. Leviathan, Belphegor, and Beelzebub, were believed to tempt the individual to stray away from the path of God and commit these deadly sins.

Pride: Excessive belief in one's own abilities, which eventually interferes in your recognition of the Lord is a sin. This sin, which is quite often associated with the Satan, is believed to be the basis for all the other sins to follow. Interestingly, if you are bothered by other persons pride, it only means you have a lot of pride in yourself.

Envy: The desire for other person's traits or abilities, which makes you resent the good things others receive, is also a sin. This sin, which is quite often associated with Leviathan, is as sinful as pride itself.

Gluttony: The unreasonable desire to get more than what you require amounts to gluttony, which is again a deadly sin. Even though it is referred to as gluttony, it is not only restricted to food, but also includes entertainment, goods, etc. The demon associated with this sin is Beelzebub.

Lust: One of the most severe sins, lust is craving for various pleasures of the body. Even though this sin is mostly associated with sex, it also includes the unreasonable hunger for power. The demon associated with lust is Asmodeus.

Anger: Rejecting love, and opting for fury instead, is again a sinful act, which can subject a person to eternal damnation. Also known as wrath, anger is the second deadly sin associated with Satan; the first being pride.

Greed: While lust is craving for the pleasures of the body, greed is unreasonable craving for material wealth or gain, in the process of which the person tends to ignore the realm of the spiritual. Also known as avarice or covetousness, greed is associated with Mammon.

Sloth: In simple words, sloth is the tendency of an individual to refrain from the physical or spiritual tasks in life. Such laziness that often amounts to a deadly sin, is associated with Belphegor.

Interestingly, these seven deadly sins don't feature as a list in the Bible, but instead feature individually. They are considered far more severe than the venial sins, i.e., the other small sins which we humans commit. The venial sins, also known as the lesser sins, might not, but the cardinal sins are bound to send the person to hell, if you don't resort to true repentance and forgiveness on time.