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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Tuesday
    Aug242010

    The Deadliest Sin

    Catholicism emphasizes seven “deadly” or “cardinal” sins a person must be wary of. These are wrath, sloth, greed, envy, lust, pride, and gluttonyThe Bible never actually divides sin into “bad” or “worst” categories, nor does it outline various methods of attaining forgiveness other than to be truly repentant and ask God for forgiveness.

     

    There does seem to be one main sin however, which leads to a variety of others. This main sin can be hard to beat since it is ingrained into our human personalities. It is Pride. Pride is also the sin that got Satan kicked out of Heaven.

     

    Pride. It leads to jealously when we believe we are worthy or deserving of something. It leads to lust (which is both envy and adultery when sexually directed) when we attempt to rationalize our desires, our wants.

     

    It leads to lying when we cease to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, and to wear masks pretending we need nothing and no one, because we are perfect, or as close as a person can get. Pride leads to anger when others refuse to listen to our wisdom, our thoughts, or our prayers. Pride allows us be disrespectful to others because they hurt us first, or we just don’t have the time for them since we are too busy in our other “ministries”.

     

    Being so burdened with a ministry that it overshadows our actual relationship with God (and usually those whom we have a more prominent and permanent responsibility towards such as our spouses, children, parents, siblings, etc.) means also we have created idols for ourselves that we worship as often as we work on said ministry. If we use God’s name in conjunction with a ministry that we worship or claim we do it “all for Him”, is that not taking the Lord’s name in vain?

     

    While pride may give us permission to steal belongings, property, and possessions because we need them more, or no one would miss them, or we would take better care of them, pride also allows us to steal people like friends, spouses, or children. Wasting time and money doing what we want (even if we think it is helpful or productive) instead of asking God what He wants first, is stealing from God too.

     

    Finally, it is first with Pride that people kill babies, neighbors, strangers, and classmates. Pride is the precursor to murdered marriages either through physical abuse, cheating, or neglect. It was because of pride that Cain murdered his own brother, Able, and it was because of pride that heartless dictators rule, genocide exists, and children starve.

     

    Pride: Because my wants and my needs come first. Because I deserve it. 

     

    Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before God when you heard what he spoke against this place and its people, and because you humbled yourself before me and tore your robes and wept in my presence, I have heard you, declares the LORD.” 2 Chronicles 34:27

     

    "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

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