Tuesday, December 4, 2012

ARE YOU A PRACTICING CHRISTIAN?


MANY AMERICANS CLAIM THAT THIS COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ON JUDEO-CHRISTIAN BELIEFS AND PRINCIPLES. 
For those who advocate this point of view it might be beneficial to assess how well they adhere to these principles.
The human capacity for self-delusion is nearly limitless. We have all seen people claim great spirituality but do evil things and then ignore or rationalize them. Somehow we think we are immune to this phenomenon.
The following chart is based on general Biblical teachings as they pertain to human behavior.
After reviewing the chart ask yourself. Do I walk my talk when it comes to being a Christian? Does the political party I support follow Christian principles? 

The Seven Deadly Sins - A List of Capital Sins


Deadly Sin * **
Opposing Virtue
Brief description
Pride
 
HumilitySeeing ourselves as we are and not comparing ourselves to others is humility. Pride and vanity are competitive. If someone else's pride really bothers you, you have a lot of pride.
Avarice/Greed
 
GenerosityThis is about more than money. Generosity means letting others get the credit or praise. It is giving without having expectations of the other person. Greed wants to get its "fair share" or a bit more.
Envy
 
Love"Love is patient, love is kind…" Love actively seeks the good of others for their sake. Envy resents the good others receive or even might receive. Envy is almost indistinguishable from pride at times.
Wrath/Anger
 
KindnessKindness means taking the tender approach, with patience and compassion. Anger is often our first reaction to the problems of others. Impatience with the faults of others is related to this.
Lust
 
Self controlSelf control and self mastery prevent pleasure from killing the soul by suffocation. Legitimate pleasures are controlled in the same way an athlete's muscles are: for maximum efficiency without damage. Lust is the self-destructive drive for pleasure out of proportion to its worth. Sex, power, or image can be used well, but they tend to go out of control.
Gluttony
 
Faith and TemperanceTemperance accepts the natural limits of pleasures and preserves this natural balance. This does not pertain only to food, but to entertainment and other legitimate goods, and even the company of others.
Sloth
 
ZealZeal is the energetic response of the heart to God's commands. The other sins work together to deaden the spiritual senses so we first become slow to respond to God and then drift completely into the sleep of complacency.