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Old 03-26-2016, 04:30 AM
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Are the 7 deadly sins mentioned in the bible? Or is this something that was added to Christian understanding after Christ's life? I don't recall ever having read about the 7 deadly sins in the NT.
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No, they don't come directly from the Bible. I just looked up 'Seven Deadly Sins' on Wikipedia and it gives some detail on their origin in the 5th and 6th centuries.

Nevertheless, I don't think there would be any disagreement that the seven things listed are all defined as sin in the Bible.

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The seven deadly sins seem, at least to me, a lot like a classification system. Most specific sins do fall under one of the seven categories. The system was used a lot in the confessional, probably because it would help people think somewhat more logically about their sins. It's easy to excuse certain behaviors because they seem personal and individual: the categories would help to emphasize how they relate to sin on a larger scale.

I don't get the impression that the term "seven deadly sins" was intended to imply that some sins are not deadly. The Catholic distinction between mortal and venial sin seems to be less about the kind of sin you commit and more about the circumstances of the individual sin.
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