Re: Seven Deadly Sins?
According to the dictionary, under "deadly sin" it lists: "anger, covetousness, envy, gluttony, lust, pride, and sloth" --that are supposed to be fatal to one's spiritual development and progress.
Is this concept of "seven deadly sins", as listed in this way, not a concept from Rome? If a person is guilty of one of these (seven) sins, they are supposedly headed to hell, with no hope for redemption.
But 'other' sins are OK?
If a person is righteous in all points, but is overweight, are they headed to hell for "gluttony"? Where on this list is "murder" or "adultery"? Or is it assumed that anger comes before murder, and lust before adultery?
What sorts of 'lists' does the Bible give? Seven? I thought there were -ten- "commandments"? Here's a few more:
"Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: sexual perversion, uncleanness, passion, evil lusts, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience;" (Col3:5-6)
But since it is not on the "deadly" list, lying is OK?
What is it that clears one's path to Heaven, or damns them to Hell? Lists of -works-? Certainly, the Bible says that on account of all the various things (listed) God's wrath comes upon the sinner.
So then contrariwise: do righteous -WORKS- get us to Heaven?
It is "...NOT BY WORKS of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit," (Tit3:5)
What is the purpose of all the Biblical 'lists'? To show what is in the heart of man: "For OUT OF THE HEART proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual perversions, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man..." (Mt15:19-20)
The lists are like a 'chart' for comparison. Our hearts, based on our deeds, are 'plotted' up on God's 'chart', pitted against God's holy standard, to show how "exceedingly sinful" (Rom7:13) man is. How far we "fall short of the glory of God" (Rom3:23)
And even if a person should boldly proclaim their own innocence and self-righteousness, the behavior betrays the sin that is in the heart. Thus, God's judgment of the sinner is based "according to their works" (Rev20:13)
And so the exhortation to the righteous one is: "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." (1Co15:58)