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American culture may have become more enlightened and moved beyond such constricting, old-fashioned ideas like sin and hell, but God hasn’t.

Sin is still serious, hell still exists, and sinners still go there. Or as St. Paul put it, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived…” (1 Corinthians 6.9)

Of course, there’s hope! By God’s grace, we can turn from our sins and find salvation in Jesus Christ.

But first, we need to acknowledge our sins and that we need saving. And once we are given new life in Christ, the Christian life has just begun, and we are called to cooperate with God’s grace to grow in holiness.

Here is a list of a few sins that are widely accepted in our culture as normal, but that we still need to take seriously:

1) Lying

But what if they person never finds out? What if it’s just for convenience? Or what if it’s for a greater good?

Nope, lying is still lying, and it’s still wrong.

Lying is telling a falsehood with the intention of deceiving, and it’s always wrong because it’s an offense against the Truth, which is Christ (John 14.6).

Remember, lying is the native tongue of the Devil, whom Jesus calls “the father of lies.” (John 8.44) And the deuterocanonical book of Wisdom warns: “lying will destroy your soul.” (Wisdom 1.11)

2) Sexual immorality

“Flee from sexual immorality!” (1 Corinthians 6.18)

But can’t we do whatever we want with our bodies? As long as a person consents, anything goes, right?

Wrong. St. Paul says, “Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. […] You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6.18-20)

We can sin against our own bodies. God has made us and our sexuality with dignity, value, and order – all of which should be respected and cherished.

And remember that Christ extended this teaching even to lust in one’s heart: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

3) Theft

“You shall not steal.” (Exodus 20.15)

Stealing is taking something to which you have no right.

That includes copyrighted material: stealing doesn’t become acceptable simply because you’re on the Internet. Everyone knows this, but many of us do it anyway. Yet theft is a grave sin.

4) Drunkenness

Alcohol is a wonderful gift from God. Jesus turned water into wine, and Christian monks used to make the best beer in the world.

But intentionally drinking too much so as to become drunk and lose control is a sin: “Do not be deceived… drunkards… will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6.9-10) “Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but,” St. Paul offers us the alternative, “be filled with the Spirit!” (Ephesians 5.18)

5) Gluttony

Some have called this the forgotten vice.

We obviously need to eat, there’s a time for feasting, and food can be wonderfully enjoyable. But, like alcohol, everything must be enjoyed in moderation. Gluttony is an immoderate love of food, and it can have not only serious consequences for our health, but also our soul.

“Enemies of the cross of Christ… their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.” (Philippians 3.18-19)

6) Revenge

Hah! That’ll get ’em good!

It’ll also get you, too.

Justice is important, and any justice which isn’t served by the government will be rectified by God in the end. But as for us right now, God calls us to a higher plane:

“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. […] Never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God… To the contrary, ‘if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12.17, 19-21)

Also, keep in mind Jesus’ important teaching about forgiveness: “If you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6.14-15)

7) Murder

“Oh come on, nobody actually advocates murder!” Are you sure about that?

Murder is the voluntary and direct killing of an innocent human life. Even if the person is young and still developing in her mother’s womb. Even if the person is handicapped. Even if the person is sick and difficult to care for. Even if the person is old and may die soon anyway. Abortion and, increasingly, euthanasia are widely accepted and practiced throughout our society.

Yet murder is an offense against God because humans are made in His image (Genesis 1.27).

So let us all repent of our sins and seek God’s mercy in Christ!

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16 COMMENTS

  1. You must tell the difference between ‘mortal’ and ‘venial’ in these matters. Like ‘theft’ for instance, stealing a rope is bad but not mortal, if there’s a cow at the end of that rope you’re stealing, that’s mortal. Neither are good, but we have to have a balance. Let’s not explain things like the Protestants who preach an ‘all or nothing attitude.’

  2. You should have mentioned that every soldier who kills makes a murder, too. No matter for which reason, he is a murderer. If all the soldiers stopped killing tomorrow, the world would be a better place to live in.

    • Not so European. Murder is taking the life of an innocent person, such as in abortion or euthanasia. War is different. While people are still getting killed, it’s not the same as murder. If EVERYONE stopped killing tomorrow, the world would be a better place.

      • St Thomas of Aquinas said a war can be just if killing ten people would save the lives of thousands. There are such things as just wars. He’s a doctor of the Church

  3. God will be the judge. God forgives if we ask for it and truly are sorry. If this were true then everyone would be in hell. We all sin in these ways to an extent. No one but God knows just how many forgiven sinners from this list of “7” are in heaven, not Hell. This seems like a very judgmental and unforgiving statement “7 sins that will bring you to hell”, much contrary to Gods grace and mercy.

    • The danger we face is in thinking these are not sins, and therefore not asking for forgiveness. There’s a big difference between “Father, forgive me of my sins” and “What, that little thing? There’s nothing wrong with doing that!” Which do you think is the better defense in Judgment?

    • I think the point is that these sins will send a person to hell if he/she died unrepentant of them and has not received sacramental confession for the sins.

  4. You are a “sin and sin boldly, Martin Luther heretic” S? No, we must repent and go to confession, otherwise, it’s hell for that person! The all just Jesus told us this through scripture, which incidently, the Holy Catholic Church compiled in the 3rd century! Keep fooling yourself and unfortunately you will find out one day —– too late, I afraid!

  5. Never heard of euthanasia being performed without the full knowledge and consent of the person involved. Just not done! If you are not mentally capable of full understanding and consent – it is not an option. Period. Where the heck do people come up with these ideas?

    • LOL Kat. Not sure why you are trolling on a Christian page, but nonetheless, “where the heck to people come up with these ideas” — oh you mean like democrats (Obama, Hillary, Pelosi, Biden, ad infinitum) who force taxpayers to pay for executing innocent humans just because they don’t have any clothes, name, address, or social security, in their mothers womb no less, the most sacred of addresses? Oh you mean satanic dictators like Hitler who murdered 6 million Jews? Pol Pot? Khmer Rhouge? Look at California – Governor Moonbeam! Is the only page of the newspaper you read the comics?

    • There’s already at least one country, Belgium, that permits euthanasia of minors, meaning they are incapable of giving legal consent. And it used to be that someone who desires death was by definition mentally unstable. The “rules” for euthanasia are as changeable as the public mood. Don’t underestimate the danger.

  6. This is what happens, with these type of memes, everyone gets into discussion about who is correct about their ideas, but at the end you all forget its all about Jesus Christ, no one not one can go to the Father ONLY! thru our lord Jesus Christ. He takes away all sins, trust in that only. Endure til then. Theres nothing i can do here on earth to make me go to heaven, but 1 thing, To trust that Jesus Christ died on the cross that 1 day to take away all sins, all the time. Endure that forever.until 1 day we all see our father God thru Jesus Christ. He loves you all. Trust that!

    • It is easy to fall into this subtle misconception, thinking that we are not responsible for our relationship with God, and that for some reason God “needs” to save all of us. He doesn’t “need” us – he desires our faithfulness and love. There is no guarantee in desire. That is the harsh reality (one affirmed in Vatican I). The idea that everyone might, or should be saved because God’s grace is immense, is a modern theological concept mostly propagated by the Protestant “once saved always saved” idea (an outgrowth of Calvinism). A true relationship requires effort on the part of both persons (just as in a marriage) – in this case, God provides the path and the mercy, but we must walk that path and seek Him daily, not just once.

      God desires us to come to him, but doesn’t guarantee that everyone will. In fact Jesus says the opposite in Matt. 7:13-14 “13 Enter by the narrow gate, since the road that leads to destruction is wide and spacious, and many take it; 14 but it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Jesus also warns that many will claim to know him, but will be rejected in the final judgement (Matt: 7:21-23): ” “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven,[a] but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ 23 Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you.[b] Depart from me, you evildoers.’ ”

      The point of our relationship with God, and the free will he gives us, is to choose Him. To do so, we must act with sincerity, intent and perseverance, and follow the path Jesus laid out to be sustained and taught through the authority of His Church.

      Also from Matthew (24:13): “But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.” Just believing in Jesus as a one-time choice isn’t enough, and even he said so: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments”. If there is nothing required of us, but faith, then sin wouldn’t matter and the cross would have been pointless (i.e. God could have simply said “All is forgiven! All go to heaven!”). But we know different. The point of the cross is to bridge the gap between us and God that our sin created, and creates everytime we sin. This gap is infinite, and can only be crossed through our repentance and God’s resulting forgiveness. We still sin daily, so this is an ongoing process, not a one-time past event that happened long before we were born.

      It also points to how we are to live our lives “take up your cross” – i.e. life isn’t going to be easy, and remaining faithful may cost us even our lives. If being faithful can cost us our lives, then clearly being faithless (sin) can cost us eternity.

  7. I came into this world, Baptized as a Catholic and started out on the path of life. Before long I learned about Hell, Hell fire forever, Eternal punishment and the whole routine. I believed every word I heard and before long I was a miserable wreck. “Consider that the fires of Hell shall never end. If every leaf on every tree counted as a million years, and you had one for like eating meat on a Friday, missing Mass on a Sunday or Holy Day of OBLIGATION, impure thoughts of any kind not immediately rejected, and on and on the list went. Most of my childhood years were a horror as I considered and concluded I was going to Hell, which was in itself Hell. Three of the six in our family went to mental institutions; my oldest brother died alone and afraid. Be at peace Eugene, God’s Love is forever.

    I was Prior to Vatican 2 a moral wreck. I did not know the unabridged Gospel of Jesus Christ. I did not know God or His Son Jesus Christ. I did not know Isaiah Chapter 43 or Isaiah Chapter 53 Ephesians or Romans Chapter 8 I did not know Hebrews 11:i or Hebrews II:6 John 3:16 or John or John 5:24 or Galatians 5:4 or many many books in the Bible. God’ Word stands and the Bible is great to read and digest.
    Once a young child is crushed with Justice as seen in man’s terms and denied access to the full Gospel of Jesus Christ the unconditional first love of the Risen Christ Jesus. That person is scarred for life and may become forever lost. Pray to God through His Son Jesus Christ for understanding.

    Read and understand Romans 5:1-11 and you will see the basics of redemption and salvation. Pay attention, open your ears, open your heart and soak in the word of the Lord. No one goes to hell unless that is what they want based on John 3:19, read this and see if it fits you, if it does STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN. BE SURE HELL IS NOT WHAT YOU WANT AS ONLY THOSE WHO WANT HELL WILL GO THERE. PRAISE BE TO OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, OUR BEST FRIEND.

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