list above represent the GATES to heaven/hell - there are only 7
and each gate has a 'direction' that serves the path to heaven,
and the other 'direction' leads one astray to hell.
(One can only be on one side of the gate at a time...
...one can not have Lust and yet also be Chaste, etc.)
First, the seven Gates to HELL:
Lust or lechery (carnal "luxuria") is usually thought of as excessive thoughts or desires of a sexual nature. In Dante's Purgatorio, the penitent walks within flames to purge himself of lustful/sexual thoughts and feelings. In Dante's "Inferno", unforgiven souls of the sin of lust are blown about in restless hurricane-like winds symbolic of their own lack of self control to their lustful passions in earthly life.
Gluttony derived from the Latin gluttire, meaning to gulp down or swallow, gluttony (Latin, gula) is the over-indulgence and over-consumptionof anything to the point of waste. In the monotheist religions, it is considered a sin because of the excessive desire for food or its withholding from the needy. Depending on the culture, it can be seen as either a vice or a sign of status. Where food is relatively scarce, being able to eat well might be something to take pride in. But in an area where food is routinely plentiful, it may be considered a sign of self-control to resist the temptation to over-indulge. Medieval church leaders (e.g., Thomas Aquinas) took a more expansive view of gluttony, arguing that it could also include an obsessive anticipation of meals, and the constant eating of delicacies and excessively costly foods. Eating meat is, in and of itself, a form of gluttony - taking a life just to enjoy making it into food... letting the animal do 'all the work', then taking the fruits of its labor away from it 'hungrily'. Aquinas went so far as to prepare a list of six ways to commit gluttony, including:
· Praepropere - eating too soon.
· Laute - eating too expensively.
· Nimis - eating too much.
· Ardenter - eating too eagerly (burningly).
· Studiose - eating too daintily (keenly).
· Forente - eating wildly (boringly).
Greed (Latin, avaritia), also known as avarice or covetousness, is, like lust and gluttony, a sin of excess. However, greed (as seen by the church) is applied to a very excessive or rapacious desire and pursuit of wealth, status, and power. St. Thomas Aquinas wrote that greed was "a sin against God, just as all mortal sins, in as much as man condemns things eternal for the sake of temporal things." In Dante's Purgatory, the penitents were bound and laid face down on the ground for having concentrated too much on earthly thoughts. "Avarice" is more of a blanket term that can describe many other examples of greedy behavior. These include disloyalty, deliberate betrayal, or treason, especially for personal gain, for example through bribery . Scavenging and hoarding of materials or objects, theft and robbery, especially by means of violence, trickery, or manipulation of authority are all actions that may be inspired by greed. Such misdeeds can include simony, where one profits from soliciting goods within the actual confines of a church, temple, mosque, etc. As defined in monotheist writings, greed is an inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs, especially with respect to material wealth.
Sloth Over time, the "acedia" in Pope Gregory's order has come to be closer in meaning to sloth (Latin, Socordia). The focus came to be on the consequences of acedia rather than the cause, and so, by the 17th century, the exact deadly sin referred to was believed to be the failure to utilize one's talents and gifts. Even in Dante's time there were signs of this change; in his Purgatorio he had portrayed the penance for acedia as running continuously at top speed. The modern view goes further, regarding laziness and indifference as the sin at the heart of the matter. Since these contrasts with a more willful failure to, for example, love God and his works, sloth is often seen as being considerably less serious than the other sins, more a sin of omission than of commission. Acedia (Latin, acedia) is the neglect to take care of something that one should do. It is translated to apathetic listlessness; depression without joy. It is similar to melancholy, although acedia describes the behaviour, while melancholy suggests the emotion producing it. In early monotheist thought, the lack of joy was regarded as a willful refusal to enjoy the goodness of God and the world God created; by contrast, apathy was considered a refusal to help others in time of need. When Thomas Aquinas described acedia in his interpretation of the list, he described it as an uneasiness of the mind, being a progenitor for lesser sins such as restlessness and instability. Dante refined this definition further, describing acedia as the failure to love God with all one's heart, all one's mind and all one's soul; to him it was the middle sin, the only one characterized by an absence or insufficiency of love. Some scholars have said that the ultimate form of acedia was despair which leads to suicide.
Wrath (Latin, ira), not to be confused with "rage" or "anger", may be described as acting on inordinate and uncontrolled feelings of hatred, rage, and anger. A wrathful (acting on hate, anger, or rage) person may lose his/her objectivity, empathy, prudence or thoughtfulness and cause harm or damage. Wrath, in its purest form, presents with self-destructiveness, violence, and hate that may provoke feuds that can go on for centuries, even persisting long after the person who did another a grievous wrong is dead. Feelings of anger or rage can manifest action in different ways, including impatience, revenge, and vigilantism. Wrath is the only sin not necessarily associated with selfishness or self-interest (although one can of course be wrathful for selfish reasons, such as jealousy, part of the sin of envy). Dante described vengeance as "love of justice perverted to revenge and spite". In its original form, the sin of acting on anger or rage also encompassed that pointed internally rather than externally. Thus suicide was deemed as an ultimate, albeit tragic, expression of hatred directed inwardly, a final rejection of God's gifts. Hate, rage, or anger are not in and of themselves a vice, but acting on them (wrath) causing harm certainly is... hatred of things that do harm and just hoping the harm stops is not a vice, nor is being angry at the way people harm themselves as long as the anger is constructive.
Envy (Latin, invidia) ~ probably the most obscure vice and most harmful which may be characterized by an insatiable desire; differs from greed, however, for two main reasons:
· First, greed is largely associated with material goods, whereas envy may apply more generally.
· Second, those who commit the sin of envy resent that another person has something they perceive themselves as lacking, and wish the other person to be deprived of it.
Dante defined this as "a desire to deprive other men of theirs." Envy can be directly related to the Ten Commandments, specifically "Neither shall you desire... anything that belongs to your neighbor". In Dante's Purgatory, the punishment for the envious is to have their eyes sewn shut with wire because they have gained sinful pleasure from seeing others brought low. Aquinas described envy as "sorrow for another's good". Jealousy is Envy; Self-Pity is Envy; Rivalry is Envy; even Grief is a form of Envy - if you're not being kind, you're being envious! More obscure forms of envy include Self-Delusion (fantasizing a world you think you deserve); Escapism (creating a world you think you deserve) like with alcoholism, drug abuse, Smart (sic) Phone addiction (selfies, social media obsession, texting fanaticism, self absorption, etc.), and Self-Indulgence (obsession with fulfilling one's obscure desires). Be kind to yourself, be kind to others, be kind in love...
Pride Building the Tower of Babel was, for Dante, an example of pride. In almost every list pride (Latin, superbia), or hubris, is considered the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins, and the source of the others. It is identified as a desire to be more important or attractive than others, failing to acknowledge the good work of others, and excessive love of self (especially holding self out of proper position toward God). Dante's definition was "love of self perverted to hatred and contempt for one's neighbour." In Jacob Bidermann's medieval miracle play, Cenodoxus, pride is the deadliest of all the sins and leads directly to the damnation of the titulary famed Parisian doctor. In perhaps the best-known example, the story of Lucifer, pride (his desire to compete with God) is the deadly vice that weighed him down preventing hime from being compatible with Heaven and was what caused his fall from Heaven, and his resultant transformation into Satan. In Dante's Divine Comedy, the penitents were forced to walk with stone slabs bearing down on their backs to induce feelings of humility. Vainglory (Latin, vanagloria) is unjustified boasting. Pope Gregory viewed it as a form of pride, so he folded vainglory into pride for his listing of sin. The Latin term gloria roughly means boasting, although its English cognate - glory - has come to have an exclusively positive meaning; historically, vain roughly meant futile, but by the 14th century had come to have the strong narcissistic undertones, of irrelevant accuracy, that it retains today. As a result of these semantic changes, vainglory has become a rarely used word in itself, and is now commonly interpreted as referring to vanity (in its modern narcissistic sense).
Finally, a word about 'lying'... lying in and of itself is not a vice, but if the reason for lying is a vice, like lying to make others think you're something you're not, is lying for pride and/or envy ~ so that lying is a vice. Lying to a little boy his mom is away for awhile, when really she just died, is a virtuous lie as you are trying to be kind...
Now, the seven Gates to HEAVEN:
Chastity Abstaining from sexual conduct according to one's state in life; the practice of courtly love and romantic friendship. Cleanliness through cultivated good health and hygiene, and maintained by refraining from intoxicants. To be honest with oneself, one's family, one's friends, and to all of humanity. Embracing of moral wholesomeness and achieving purity of thought-through education and betterment. The ability to refrain from being distracted and influenced by hostility, temptation or corruption.
Temperance Restraint, temperance, justice. Constant mindfulness of others and one's surroundings; practicing self-control, abstention, moderation, zero-sum and deferred gratification. Prudence to judge between actions with regard to appropriate actions at a given time. Proper moderation between self-interest, versus public-interest, and against the rights and needs of others.
Charity Generosity, charity, self-sacrifice; the term should not be confused with the more restricted modern use of the word charity to mean benevolent giving. In monotheist theology, charity -- or love (agäpé) -- is the greatest of the three theological virtues. Love, in the sense of an unlimited loving kindness towards all others, is held to be the ultimate perfection of the human spirit, because it is said to both glorify and reflect the nature of God. Such love is self-sacrificial. Confusion can arise from the multiple meanings of the English word "love". The love that is "caritas" is distinguished by its origin being divinely infused into the soul and by its residing in the will rather than emotions, regardless of what emotions it stirs up. This love is necessary for salvation, and with it no one can be lost.
Diligence A zealous and careful nature in one's actions and work; decisive work ethic, steadfastness in belief, fortitude, and the capability of not giving up. Budgeting one's time; monitoring one's own activities to guard against laziness. Upholding one's convictions at all times, especially when no one else is watching (integrity). (The vice "acedia" is more commonly known as "sloth".)
Patience Forbearance and endurance through moderation. Resolving conflicts and injustice peacefully, as opposed to resorting to violence. Accepting the grace to forgive; to show mercy to sinners. Creating a sense of peaceful stability and community rather than suffering, hostility, and antagonism.
Kindness Charity, compassion and friendship for its own sake. Empathy and trust without prejudice or resentment. Unselfish love and voluntary kindness without bias or spite. Having positive outlooks and cheerful demeanor; to inspire kindness in others.
Humility Modest behavior, selflessness, and the giving of respect. Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less. It is a spirit of self-examination; a hermeneutic of suspicion toward yourself and charity toward people you disagree with. The courage of the heart necessary to undertake tasks which are difficult, tedious or unglamorous, and to graciously accept the sacrifices involved. Reverence for those who have wisdom and those who selflessly teach in love. Giving credit where credit is due; not unfairly glorifying one's own self. Being faithful to promises, no matter how big or small they may be. Refraining from despair and the ability to confront fear and uncertainty, or intimidation.
and here we
are, we have taken the right path!
and thus weve left closed or have closed the gates to hell
(ALL the gates to hell MUST be closed before one may enter heaven
the amount of gates to hell left open determines the level of hell one enters)
All that is left is to acknowledge is that theres only the one God
(no divine offsprings, no holy mother of the divine offspring,
no divine ghosts/spirits, no divine saints/prophets, etc.)
The only one that is truly divine is GOD!
The Angels are GOD's divine servants to mankind and the prophets.
...the Prophets are GOD's messengers to mankind,
only GOD's message (holy word) is divine, never the messenger.
-The Angriest Angel
Seek Enlightenment and divine inspiration beware the Illuminated ones, for they are misguided
Enlightenment inspiration from understanding
Illumination inspiration from some power / influence