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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Christian Perspective--Do You Get It?

Who has been the toughest person for you to explain your faith to? Why? What have you found to be helpful in dealing with people who ridicule your faith? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1506).

Even very young children can readily point out the "good guy" and "bad guy" in a story.  The villain is booed, the good guy is cheered on to victory.  Somehow in maturation natural good sense is swapped for contrived worldly wisdom--a wisdom that explains away evil and makes it desirable, even something to take pride in.   Exactly how and why this devolution occurs is largely unknown and continues to be a challenge for the progress of civilizations.  Please review the bullet list below.  If you do not "get it" that these present a major threat to personal and societal health, then there is little chance that you will "get it" regarding the tenacity of Christianity to persist over the centuries as a source of strength and comfort for those seeking to live holy lives--lives, if you will, that refract a childhood enthusiasm for the good.  A synopsis of holy living is contained in the fruit of the Spirit--love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

In a bullet list the seven deadly sins are (expansions from Wikipedia):

  • Wrath (anger)
  • Greed (inordinately high desire for and pursuit of wealth, status, and power)
  • Sloth (spiritual or emotional apathy, carelessness in obligations; a wasting)
  • Pride (negative meaning--an inflated sense of one's personal status or accomplishments, hubris)
  • Lust (an emotion or feeling of intense desire in the body--such as the lust for knowledge, the lust for sex or the lust for power)
  • Envy (an emotion which occurs when a person lacks another's superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it)
  • Gluttony (over-indulging especially when that deprives the needy)
The seven deadly sins, also known as the capital vices or cardinal sins, is a classification of vices (part of Christian ethics) that has been used since early Christian times to educate and instruct Christians concerning fallen humanity's tendency to sin. In the currently recognized version, the sins are usually given as wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. Each is a form of Idolatry-of-Self wherein the subjective reigns over the objective.  (

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