Monday, February 20, 2006

Seven deadly sins ideas

I've been thinking about the "seven deadly sins" talk.  Here are some random ideas...
To look at the issues raised by the so called 'seven deadly sins'...using no more that two questions for 'sin' we'll try get through the lot. 
It is not my intention to get wrapped up in Catholic theology etc. or look at the supposed punishments for such sins.
The sins
To try and make this simple, I'm going to use the following keywords, or titles. These have been taken from wikipedia:
  1. Lust -> fornication, adultery, rape, incest, seduction, and unnatural vice
  2. Gluttony -> overindulgence, desire of excess, a misplaced desire of food or its withholding from the needy
  3. Greed -> covetousness, a desire to obtain more money, wealth, material possessions or any other entity than one needs
  4. Sloth -> laziness
  5. Wrath -> anger, hatred, desire of revenge
  6. Envy -> jealousy, desire of greatness, focusing on others' status rather than your own spiritual growth
  7. Pride -> vanity, narcissism, desire of greatness, competitive and excessive belief in one's own abilities that interferes with the individual's recognition of the grace of God, or the worth which God sees in others
Note that my understanding is that the Bible does not specifically refer to "seven deadly sins", but each of the above are in themselves considered to be sins.  There is a refers to six types of sins in
Proverbs 6:16-19 (NLV)
"There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven that are hated by Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that kill those who are without guilt, a heart that makes sinful plans, feet that run fast to sin, a person who tells lies about someone else, and one who starts fights among brothers."
Introduce the title / theme for the night...then ask:
Write down what is said, and consider taking a pre-printed list of ideas to put around the room
Video clip
I don't think there is anything that covers the 'seven deadly sins' per se, but I think we could use some clips that deal with the specific issues.  Choosing one or two of these should act suffice as an introduction:
Here are some ideas I've come up with / come across:
Ideas on each of the seven
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