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I started an eight part series on the Seven Deadly Sins. I made the argument that the Seven Deadly sins were a man made list; created to control the people who were under the control of the Catholic Church and the Roman Empire. I admit there are paths which cross between the Catholic Church’s Seven Deadly Sins and the Ten Commandments such as wraith or lust, but I chose to focus deeper and find a diabolical plan to control the simple minded peasants. I was reading the Book of Proverbs, and came across something which throws my theory right out the window. I have no choice but to admit I am wrong.

Proverbs (6:16-24)

6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate : yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

6:20 My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

6:21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.

6:22 When thou goest , it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest , it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest , it shall talk with thee.

6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.

6:24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.

This may not be the exact list presented by the Church, but the message is the same. I cannot blame the Church for preaching such things. Another list of bad things, given this time by the Epistle to the Galatians (Galatians 5:19-21), includes more of the traditional seven sins, although the list is substantially longer: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, “and such like”.

The only way I am able to stick to my argument is if these books were added or altered by the Church. They had control over which books made the Bible, as well as the translation. I feel the concept of hell, was a man made addition to the Bible as a fear mongering tactic. I wish I was around during this time to watch this process. I feel like the message I am receiving when I am reading the Bible is a distorted one; straying away from the original meaning.

These types of man made changes are happening today, which is what inspired me to begin the book “Deceived.” I have learned from listening to my father preach; there are many things which have been changed not only through the written Word, but also the messages being preached by television sermons. The three which stick out most is there was never meant to be a separation between Christianity and Judaism, and the changing of the Sabbath, and the teaching we are saved by grace not works. I am reading 3-4 separate versions to find other teachings which have been altered over the generations. I would recommend to the Christians out there who attend church to read the KJV after a sermon and compare it to the Word. I would love to hear stories from you on things you have found.

What do you think?

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Greed: Is the desire for material wealth or gain, ignoring the realm of the spiritual.

Greed was important during the historical time frame from which it came. The period contained two classes; the haves and the have-nots. The haves wanted to continue to have, and had no interest in sharing. I find this oxymoronic in a way, the Catholic Church and the Roman Empire preached the importance of not being greedy, yet somehow this did not apply to them. It is too bad, that our current society suffers from this same type of thinking.

The Empire was aware of the social unrest going on among the peasants. The Empire knew if the people banded together they would not be able to fend off the revolt. The Empires leaders were aware of how damaging unhappy people could be. Including greed and the threat of eternal damnation the Empire was able to keep the people from wanting more. When you combine pride, envy, and greed it forms a perfect trinity of repression.

Today’s society is rife with greed; this greed helps and destroys our society. The way greed helps our society is by creating new jobs due to new or expanding companies, and people’s greed for new things is what drives those businesses. It destroys our society, because of greedy leaders, and it creates a “me” first mentality.

America at one point was a Republic, for the people by the people, over time this changed into a Democracy. Today we “choose” our leaders, and trust they will do the right thing for the people, unfortunately most political leaders are funded by special interest groups. This aspect keeps our government to achieve any real progress. We have become a possession driven society. Greed is imbedded in us from the day we are born through the all powerful media.

I am not a huge fan of greed. I have seen it destroy many lives; I know the feeling of being stepped on by people you trust, as long as it benefits them. There was a time when I was consumed with greed, and it almost destroyed my marriage. I see a political system that is broken and consumed with greed; it is this greed which will halt any real reform. In my opinion people need to lose the “me first” mentality and adopt the “how may I serve” philosophy. If everyone lived by this motto, raised their kids on this motto, and if our leaders adopted this motto; our society would become a better place.

Lust:  Is an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body.

The sin of lust was important in controlling population growth. Just as the sin of gluttony was used to control overeating, with the intent of preserving resources, lust ensured that the population would not grow larger than what the resources could supply.

If the people were left to their own free will they would fuck like bunnies. The escalated birth’s that would follow could be devastating to the Empire. Over population not only would be a strain on the resources, but it would give the peasants increased power because they would outnumber the ruling class.

In reality there is absolutely nothing wrong with lust, or lustful thinking, regardless of what religion in general says about it. If the human species cleansed themselves of lustful thinking or actions our species would slowly die off. I agree that lust can create problems, and ruin lives. This is an issue that needs to be dealt with on an individual basis, not regulated to the entire human species. Is it considered a sin when animals mate? Human beings are mammals, the only difference between us and our distant relatives, is the complexity of our thoughts and emotions about having sex.

There was a comment made by a reader on part 3, I want to comment quick. I agree that any of the seven deadly sins, when taken from one extreme to the other can be destructive. The issue I am trying to point out is using religion to control a population is wrong. Playing on the fears and weaknesses of uneducated people to further your agenda is repressive. I see this for what it is, because I am not lost in the fairy tale. I have read the Bible; once for salvation, once for school, and once with logic. I can say God gave man freewill, and the ability to choose life or death. He urges us to choose life. If the almighty afforded his children this right, shouldn’t man do the same?

Gluttony: Is an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires.

In 590 AD canned goods did not exist, neither did mass production of food. The cities had what they had, and the people needed to survive off of it. The rich comprising 10% of the population were eating as much as they possibly could, and the peasants followed suit, your ration of food would be in danger of depletion. The Empire wanted to make sure they could continue to have their massive feast. They needed to control the food stock; hence gluttony as a sin was born.

It should be pointed out; Christians looked down upon gluttony. They felt the over consumption of food is bad, because it leaves less for the needy. In addition there are passages in the Bible about gluttony. The empire was not following this teaching.

Proverbs 23:20-21 “Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.”

The peasants were simple-minded people who were denied education, and believed what the Empire said. Through weekly sessions of brainwashing; sorry I meant Mass. The people were led like sheep; conformed into mindless religious slaves who bow down to the Empire. This is still happening today, it goes on in our churches, public schools, jobs, and the entertainment we watch on television. The only difference is today we are into mindless consumer slaves, who bow down to our corporate masters.

The problem I have is during this time period, and on through the Dark Ages the Church convinced the masses that transgressions such as the seven deadly sins would lead you to eternal damnation. They controlled the people with fear. The times may have changed, but unfortunately the methods have not. What is worse many people do not recognize, nor do we analyze exactly how hard we are getting fucked in the ass. We just eat our McDonald’s smile and clock our tickets to hell.

Envy: is the desire for others traits, status, abilities, or situation.

You sure as shit know where I am going with this one.

Looking at the time period 590 AD, and understanding that the Catholic Church, and Roman Empire were infused as one since the early 300′s, all you need to look at is the word “desire”, which by the way is the key word in greed’s definition as well. When looking at desire and the other words that follow you should be able to see exactly how this is a repressive sin.

The four words traits, status, abilities, and situation all point to the ruling class. The ruling class knew there was a huge gap between poverty and wealth. They had no problem boasting about their wealth and many possessions. The wealthy wanted to keep their wealth, so they needed a buffer, something that would keep the people from trying to achieve such status, and or just simply revolt and take these things for themselves.

The sin of envy is perfect because it tells the simple-minded peasants that their thoughts of “why the fuck can’t I have that” or “why the fuck am I sleeping on damp shitty ass straw, why these pompous douche bags are sleeping in palaces.” It tells them that these thoughts are sinful, and if they think them god shall smite them, because the peasants were simple-minded they actually bought this shit! 

Just like pride and all the others, these thoughts, these beliefs were passed down from generation to generation. In the end this “sin” of envy became yet another tool of repression and control. If we flash forward to 2010, we can clearly see that if the masses believe envy was a sin, our economy would be much more fucked up than it is now.

I leave you with this. If people were not slothful the video game industry would crumble. If people were not prideful there would be no pro sports. If people were not Envies there would be no economy, so go be slothful and play Madden 2010 online, be prideful of how badass you are at the game, and be envies of the cheating douche that just beat you by 1 point because he always went for it on 4th down.

Pride: Is excessive belief in ones own abilities, that interferes with the recognition of the grace of god.

Before I get into Pride I want to touch on something that I briefly brought up in part two about the Bible. The Bible is a sacred book to all branches of Catholicism and Christianity they believe the Bible is the word of God; so I want to point out that in constructing the Bible there were many books left out, whomever it was who put this thing together specifically left out certain texts.  I conclude that if the Bible is the true word of God, but was constructed by man, who cherry picks what works for them at the time. How can this be the word of God? Does anyone see the problem here?

The example I would like to use to prove my point is the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Many believe that the Scrolls are missing pieces of the Bible, and some even believe that some scrolls were written by Jesus himself. One of the reoccurring themes is that there is no “Hell”, and that God will resurrect all the souls to heaven. There is much more to it, but the jist is all souls will be reunited in heaven, regardless of past discretions. In my opinion these books, were left out because they did not fit into the equation of creating ‘Hell’ as a deterrent to make sure the citizens behave. The concept of hell is also a good tool to convert the “primitive” people on missionaries.

You must again look at the time frame from which these sins were introduced as a popular belief. The Roman Empire, and the Catholic Church, were one and the same. The people from which they governed had a purpose so the machine could function; more or less you were born into your career. The trade skills were past down from parent to child.

The first line of the definition of pride is the “excessive belief in one’s own abilities” if this is not a repressive statement I do not know what is. They associate this pride with one’s own ability to be more than what you are born into. Imagine if today we believed such bullshit, our kids would be sent to school and taught to not apply themselves in anything other than what you were born to be. Now that I think about it, isn’t that what our public schools do?

I understand that some may link the second part of the definition and say that the word “interferes” would debunk my earlier statements, because the word itself says that pride is ok as long as you don’t get a big head about it. Here is the problem… God never comes down to tell us we are starting to get cocky.

The people who deem us to be prideful to the extreme is the Catholic Church, and in direct correlation the Roman Empire. Man was not meant to judge other men. This then means the empire has no religious ground to stand on when enforcing the Word.

“Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. Matthew 7:1

I find some contradiction here, the peasants were taught to not take pride in yourself, anyway you look at it; it is a form of repression. The peasants were born and raised to believe this, and their children’s children were taught to believe this. If this were to hold true today, many people would be condemned to hell. If we still followed this there would be no advancement in society.

Sloth: The avoidance of physical or spiritual work

In the 4th century Evagrius Ponticus a catholic monk revealed eight thoughts or behaviors, which kept us from truly knowing god. Ponticus list was one of guidance, not a measurement of who will burn in hell. His list:

  • Gula (gluttony)
  • Fornicatio (fornication, lust)
  • Avaritia (avarice/greed)
  • Tristitia (sorrow/despair)
  • Ira (wrath)
  • Acedia (acedia)
  • Vanagloria (vainglory)
  • Superbia (Pride)

It would be over a hundred years before Ponticus list would become such a measurement, and ultimately a tool of social control. In 590 AD Pope Gregory I revised the list of eight, and created what is now known as the Seven Deadly Sins.

  • Pride
  • Envy
  • Gluttony
  • Lust
  • Wraith
  • Greed
  • Sloth

The Popes intent was not to bring his people closer to God; it was a tool the Catholic Church and Roman Empire used to control the peasant population through fear and rhetoricrom. This list was not directly mentioned in the Bible as being sinful; it is a man-made list, although some of the concepts are derived in some part from a sin. This list was created and marketed by the Catholic Church to control the people. The Bible itself is an example of exactly how much power the Catholic Church yielded at that time. The masses were highly illiterate, and for those who could read; the church controlled the translation of the Bibles, and it was taught only the Pope was capable of speaking to God. I also want you to keep in mind the Catholic Church controlled what books were allowed in the Bible and which ones were not.

In the beginning I gave the definition of sloth, to sum it up it basically means being lazy. The church and the Romans were not fond of laziness. They needed the people to properly run the machine. If you had a blacksmith, who was lazy and took his sweet ass time on building weapons then the empire would not have their tools of persuasion to aid them on their “missionary” journeys.

In making slothfulness a sin, the empire had a tool of fear to motivate its people, and no one is better at using fear to make people believe in god than the fucking Catholic Church.

The people were brainwashed into believing that unless they put forth 110% on a daily basis to do the work of the church, and the Roman Empire then they were going to hell. The most fucked up part is not only do they have to work their asses off, but they also had to put forth 110% effort in their spiritual work, which included going to church which further contributed to their fucking brainwashing!

It makes me happy that we as people have some what evolved, in that we do not hold these sins as a compass on how to live our lives. The world is filled with slothfulness, and there is not a thing wrong with that. Today the only people who get pissed off when you are lazy is your government, corporations, and your wife. Let me tell you compared to that hell ain’t looking so bad.

Two or three-weeks ago I watched a seven hour special on the History Channel about the seven deadly sins. A few days later after reflecting on this topic; I concluded that the concept of the seven deadly sins was not to try to save the souls of the people; it was a form of social control. I intend to look at each sin, and hopefully show how and why these sins became a huge deal within the Catholic Church, and Roman society.

I must say that my religious beliefs teeter between; atheism, Buddhism, and Taoism. I find these three belief systems far more believable than some of the other products on the market. I have spent many hours reading about the various religions in our world (I have read the Bible three times), I find this subject very interesting.

In my spiritual journey I have found that religion as it stands is a con, and a form of social control. Religion in its earliest roots was a time when people believed in sun gods, and rain gods. These “Gods” were invented to explain the things they did not understand. For example; early humans needed to solve the mystery of death, to them they felt fear, and they needed to wrap their heads around the concept of no longer living. When one of their tribe members died they felt sorrow surrounding the unknown of death. In this fear and sorrow they created mystical beings and imaginary places to explain the unknown. Karl Marx describes it best in one of his famous quotes.

“Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand.” Karl Marx

Religion; since this early time has evolved into what we see today, and in my humble opinion it ain’t that pretty. I do not condemn anyone for their religious views, and I have no problem having a friendly debate with them, unfortunately trying to point out obvious flaws of logic angers believers. I attribute this to the fact that deep down inside there is doubt, and when you have someone pointing out obvious things, it makes the doubt surface. When this doubt surfaces people become angry, because to true believers, religion is a drug that holds them together, and without it they are lost.

“Organized religion is nothing but opiate for the masses.’

Karl Marx

I digress. The purpose of this entry was to introduce the upcoming seven part series on the seven deadly sins. This is not some college paper, just a few in sites on this ridiculous belief.