What Is a List of the Seven Deadly Sins?

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Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride are the seven deadly sins, used in early Christian teachings to educate followers about man’s tendency to sin. These vices are not listed anywhere in the Christian Bible. However, a list of virtues are found in some books of the New Testament.

Dante described lust as excessive love of others as opposed to being devoted to God. Gluttony is the excessive desire for food and, as a result, withholding it from the needy. Greed is a sin of excess, like lust and gluttony, and refers to the accumulation of wealth. Sloth was originally described as a sadness or melancholy that prevented people from enjoying the creations of God. In modern times, it refers to not using talents and gifts to the fullest extent possible. Wrath is uncontrolled hatred and anger and a need to seek revenge. Both genocide and suicide are considered acts of wrath, one directed outwards at others and the other inwards toward oneself. Envy differs from greed in that greed is associated with material things. A person is usually envious of another person’s possessions and wishes him to be deprived of it. Pride is considered the deadliest sin of all, since all other sins are thought to arise from it. It is excessive love of oneself to the extent of contempt for others.