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In the last seven issues of I Am Heretic, I have written about the seven deadly sins: Wrath, Greed, Sloth, Pride, Lust, Envy, and Gluttony. They are sins that are supposedly so wicked that they lead to eternal damnation, or at least more sin and therefore hell. God thinks these sins are actually bad and should lead to eternal torture.
Christians claim these sins are objectively immoral, but if an intelligent being, like God, made up these rules, then they are subjective, per definition. The fact that no one can agree about which rules matter and what the rules actually mean doesn’t help make the case that they are objectively true. One doesn’t need to look hard to find plenty of hypocrisy, subjectivity, and stupidity.
Wrath is a deadly sin, and God is an angry and vengeful god, who punishes disbelievers and those who break his arbitrary rules. He’s drowned people and punished all humans ever for the minor crime of two people—filching an apple. Also, anger in and of itself doesn’t necessarily hurt anyone, so simply making anger sinful is insufficient; each wrongful act must be judged individually.
Greed is a deadly sin, and God is greedy in many ways. He withholds the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil because he wants that knowledge for himself and he wants to keep humanity ignorant, so he can keep us as slaves—property. He is not interested in sharing power and he does not tolerate disbelief and disobedience. Greed is, indeed, a problem in the world, though, but it is often conservative theists who display this heinous behavior.
Sloth is a deadly sin and spiritual apathy, amongst some other things. It is basically the sin of not worshipping God sufficiently enough. This is ridiculous, as blind loyalty to a totalitarian leader cannot be considered good. This is hypocritical, because those who say we must blindly accept God and his rules also oppose dictators here on Earth. Blindly obeying a leader and blindly worshipping God and following his rules are the same.
Pride is a deadly sin and a thoughtcrime. Arrogance or excessive pride can be annoying and is not an attractive feature, but it doesn’t hurt anyone and to consider that the punishment of eternal torture in hell is appropriate is heinous. Furthermore, God seems like a pretty prideful guy, who thinks he always knows best, even when he punishes people for arbitrary crimes that don’t hurt anyone, demands that we worship him, opposes equality, supports slavery, and is just a total douche.
Lust is a deadly sin and also a thoughtcrime or a victimless crime. If lust is just about our feelings, feeling amorous and, well, horny, then God punishes people for being living creatures. If the sinful act is to have sex prior to marriage or to be polygamous, then it is ridiculous. What two or more consenting adults do with their own bodies is only their business, no one else’s and not even God’s.
Envy is a deadly sin and also a thoughtcrime. It is a crime for wanting things others have, which is ridiculous, because wanting things others have is good for the economy and hurts no one. Unless one steals, of course, but then it is the theft that is the immoral action, not the envy. Furthermore, God is jealous in the sense that he’s afraid another god or idol will take away his worshippers and envious in the sense that he wants the worshippers of other gods and idols. Again, God is a big hypocrite.
Gluttony is a deadly sin and one of two things: either it’s about overeating or it’s about being greedy and withholding food from the needy. If it’s the first, then God punishes people for hurting themselves by sending them to hell, which cannot be considered fair in any way. Bodily autonomy is important; God shouldn’t be able to take it away, especially not since he doesn’t exist. If this is a sin about withholding from the needy, then there is already a sin for this called greed. Religions are never logical and consistent.
The seven deadly sins are a ludicrous list of sins. Consider then that they are better than the Ten Commandments in many ways. Amongst these sins, we find neither slavery nor rape; instead, we find rules forbidding us from having other gods and idols, misusing Yahweh’s name, overeating, and having emotions. Sins are hypocritical, subjective, and very often stupid.
Morality should come from rational thought, a logical assessment of intent and consequences, not the dogmatic sayings of a god, fictional or not. And there shouldn’t be a universal punishment for all crimes; the punishment should fit the crime and should be about rehabilitation rather than punishment.