2Seven Capital SinsPrideGreedEnvyAngerLustGluttonySloth
3PrideAn unlimited appreciation for one’s worth; arrogance, excessively high opinion of oneself“I’m da man!!”
4GreedImmoderate desire for earthly goods; love of money or possessions rather than loving God
5EnvySorrow over another’s good fortune; covetousness; jealousy over another’s possessions or characteristicsHappy that someone else gets injured or sad when they do wellEx. Watching football
6Anger (Wrath)Intemperate desire for revenge; hostile and wrathful feelings toward others“I’m gonna knock you out…”
7LustInordinate, unrestrained craving for pleasure, esp. sexual pleasureGet some…
8Gluttony Unrestrained, immoderate consumption of food or drink Getting hammered…Whose in control? You or the alcohol?
9SlothLaziness in keeping the faith or practicing right living; neglecting to do one’s duties because of laziness.“As a door turns on its hinges, so to does the lazy man turn on his bed.” (Proverbs)
10Examples of Sin Gossiping Hate and prejudice towards any group Drunk or drugged persons who make poor choices (driving, rape, etc.)AbortionGreed of Multinational CompaniesEx. Pharmaceutical companies exploiting poor countries as seen in “Constant Gardener”Environmental degradationPrejudice: race, religion, ethnicity, etc.
11Old TestamentThree words describing sin:HattahPeshaAvon
12Hattah Means “missing the mark” in Greek Related to the sport of archeryDoing God’s will in our life is our targetDeliberately choosing to be less than we can beEx. Push-ups at NBC
13Pesha Means “rebellion” or “transgression” Deliberately violating God’s lawJesus taught that rebellion is rooted deep in the human heartExamples of rebellion:Apathy, lack of interest in anything (i.e. the poor are not my problem).Refusal to take correction based on the attitude that “no one can tell me what to do.”Hostility toward people who are different
14AvonMeans “guilt” or “iniquity”Refers to the consequences of sin
15Effects of Sin Alienates us from God Alienates us from ourselves Alienates us from others
16Alienates us from God Sin deprives us of the glory of God Romans 3:23 “For all men have sinned and fallen short of the glory of GodIf a serious or mortal sin, it results in the loss of sanctifying grace and leads to both spiritual and physical deathRomans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death”Originally God did not intend for us to die, but this came as a consequence or wage of sin
17Alienates us from Ourselves Sin crushes the lives of sinners, hardens our hearts, weakens our intellects, and enslaves our wills.By sinning we get into the habit of sinAn evil desire once conceived gives birth to sin and leads to death (James 1:15)Temptation is not sinning, but when entertained it becomes sin (ex. Bird flying over your head)Small sins if unchecked can lead to greater sin
18Alienates us from Others “I can do whatever I want as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody.”Sin is relational and will always hurt and affect others.This is related to “original sin”
19Different Kinds of Sin Original Sin vs. Personal Sin Mortal Sin Venial SinSocial Sin
20The Forgiveness of Sins Reflect Mark 2 Forgiveness was an essential part of Jesus’s ministry.Jesus instructed his disciples to continue to forgive sins in his name: “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained” (Jn 20:22-23)Baptism is the primary sacrament of forgiveness because it wipes away sin and unites us to Christ.Through Baptism we receive forgiveness of both original sin and personal offenses
21Original Sin The story of Adam and Eve. Why did God put the tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden?They were tempted to believe that God was holding out on them.God’s ways aren’t the best for us.
23Original Sin vs. Personal Sin We don’t commit itBut we are all born into a sin-damaged, relationally damaged world which we inherited from our first parentsLeads us to concupiscence an inclination to evilPersonal SinAny free and deliberate act, word, thought or desire that turns us away from lovePersonal sin either weakens (venial sin) or kills (mortal sin) our relationship with God
24Mortal SinA grave violation of God’s law that destroys God’s love and life within us.“There is a sin that leads to death” (1 John 5:16)Involves three conditions:Grave matter—breaking one of the comt’sFull knowledge—we know that what we’re doing is wrongComplete consent—the person is not being forced to do it. They’ve have freely chosen to do so.
25Venial Sin Venial means “easily forgivable” “… there is sin that does not lead to death.” (1 John 5:17)Venial sin occurs when we fail to follow the moral law in less serious matters or without full knowledge or complete consent of what we’re doing.It weakens God’s life within us, but does not destroy it within us like mortal sin.
26Mortal or Venial? Lying under oath? Not stopping at the scene of an accident you caused?Verbally abusing someone with a disabilityCheating on a testTorturing political prisonersSuicideRefusing to forgive someone who asksHaving sex outside of marriage
27Social Sin: cooperating in another persons sin Ex. Joining classmates in cutting someone downOrder, advise, praise the sins of someone else.Concealing someone else’s sin or protecting evil-doersEx. Lying about someone’s sinful behaviorBeing a friend means calling that person to accountability (i.e. Roger Boyer & Ella)
28The Unforgivable SinGod will forgive any sin of anyone who approaches him for forgivenessIt is his promiseThe only unforgivable sin is the deliberate refusal and rejection of God’s forgivenessGod does not force his love on us
30Conversion and the Sacrament of Reconciliation This is where we continually restore our relationship with GodWe can do this alone with God but there is a power in doing it with someone who acts in Christ’s place—the priest.
31Elements of the Sacrament Examine your conscienceHave contrition for your sinsConfess your sinsAbsolutionDo the penance assigned
32New TestamentYou are probably feeling like Paul in Romans 7… What do we do about the sin within us and around us??Jesus asks us to do three things:Repent of your sins (turn around)Believe in the gospel of God’s love for you.With the strength of the Holy Spirit, begin to live the good news of love.
33Test Review: Know and explain the seven capital sins The three Old Testament words for sin and their meaningsThe three effects of sinWhat is original sin?What is the difference between personal sin and original sin?What is the difference between mortal sin and venial sin?What is social sin?What is the unforgivable sin?What does repentance mean?Elements in the sacrament of reconciliation.
34Personal Story My personal testimony and baptism story Feeling a weight lifted after reading Ps. 51 after feeling guilty the night before.Show clip from Jesus filmDo you want to know Jesus’ love and forgiveness and power to change in your life?Then ask him to come into your life.