Big list of sin!

by Todd Hebert

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sin (noun) – an offense against religious or moral law b: an action that is or is felt to be highly reprehensible

Generally speaking, sin is a relative term that really has no meaning. If there is a god, I’m willing to bet he feels the same. A set list of dos and don’ts with no room for leeway is a fundamentalist idea. God is no fundamentalist.

I prefer Rumi’s more open-ended philosophy:

“Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing,
there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.”

Even so, sin is often times explicitly listed for the faithful to follow.

The Eight Sins of Evagrius Ponticus- Evagrius Ponticus was a 4th century monk who compiled the following list that would become a precursor to “The Seven Deadly Sins.

  • Gluttony
  • Fornication
  • Avarice
  • Dejection
  • Anger
  • Weariness
  • Vainglory
  • Pride

The Seven Deadly Sins- In the late 6th century, Pope Gregory the Great reduced the list to seven items.

  • Lust
  • Gluttony
  • Greed
  • Sloth
  • Wrath
  • Envy
  • Pride

Seven modern mortal sins- In April of 2008, Vatican Monsignor Gianfranco Girotti announced a more modern update to the 7 deadly sins.

  • polluting
  • genetic engineering
  • being obscenely rich
  • drug dealing
  • abortion
  • pedophilia
  • causing social injustice

Seven noxious things of Islam -According to Sahih Bukhari, a book of oral tradition of the life of the Prophet Muhammad, there are seven noxious sins that a Muslim must not commit. There is also a list of “70 major sins” compiled by scholars since the death of Muhammad.

  • associating anything with Allah
  • magic (Equivalent to Witchcraft and Sorcery in English)
  • killing one whom Allah has declared inviolate without a just case
  • consuming the property of an orphan
  • devouring usury
  • turning back when the army advances
  • and slandering chaste women who are believers but indiscreet

Gandhi’s seven deadly sins- Mahatma Gandhi listed seven things that will destroy us. Notice the social and political slant of his list.

  • Wealth without work
  • Pleasure without conscience
  • Knowledge without character
  • Commerce without morality
  • Science without humanity
  • Religion without sacrifice
  • Politics Without Principle

Buddhist PaƱcasila- Sin is not recognized in Buddhism, instead there is a philosophy that good deeds produce good results and bad deed produce bad results.

  • I undertake the rule to refrain from destroying living creatures.
  • I undertake the rule to refrain from taking that which is not given.
  • I undertake the rule to refrain from sexual misconduct.
  • I undertake the rule to refrain from incorrect speech.
  • I undertake the rule to refrain from intoxicants which lead to carelessness.

Nine Satanic Sins- Not to be outdone, Church of Satan founder Anton Szandor LaVey compiled this list in 1987 for his followers to refrain from.

  • Stupidity
  • Pretentiousness
  • Solipsism
  • Self-deceit
  • Herd conformity
  • Lack of perspective
  • Forgetfulness of past orthodoxies
  • Counterproductive pride
  • Lack of aesthetics

Quotes about sin

In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.
Hunter S. Thompson

Eskimo: “If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?”
Priest: “No, not if you did not know.”
Eskimo: “Then why did you tell me?”
-Annie Dillard

Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin; to say that you are weak, or others are weak.
-Swami Vivekananda

Today I love myself as I love my god: who could charge me with a sin today? I know only sins against my god; but who knows my god?
-Friedrich Nietzsche

After the first blush of sin comes its indifference.
-Henry David Thoreau

Everything that used to be a sin is now a disease.
-Bill Maher

There is no sin except stupidity.
-Oscar Wilde

I have a sweet tooth for song and music. This is my Polish sin.
-Pope John Paul II

I am no longer sure of anything. If I satiate my desires, I sin but I deliver myself from them; if I refuse to satisfy them, they infect the whole soul.
-Jean-Paul Sartre

The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.
-Dwight L. Moody

Sin is geographical.
-Bertrand Russell

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