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Sins Crying Out to Heaven

posted Oct 16, 2013, 10:28 AM by Tomas Svoboda   [ updated Oct 16, 2013, 10:35 AM ]

Bible sometimes yields interesting pieces of timeless wisdom.

My friend VE in his lecture has recently alerted me to a special category of filthy deeds which the Bible in several places describes as „sins crying out to heaven (for revenge)“

The list is:

  • Murder Genesis 4:1-16
  • Opression against the poor and helpless Exodus 22:20–23. („widows and orphans“ in Biblical language)
  • Defrauding laborers of their wages Deut 24:14–15
  • Sodomy Genesis 19:5 – opression or lack of hospitality toward foreigners or immigrants (This interpretation offered to me by friend VK gives me a better sense than the traditional catholic definition of sodomy as a sexual perversion)

I find it fascinating that 3 of these sins have to do with social (in)justice
Translated into contemporary general wording: The most abominable human behavior is such when the strong opress or steal from the weak.
While the first contemporary examples of such behavior that come to my mind are from my country the Czech Republic we might also identify some similarity with the U.S. budgetary crisis where many of the needy are denied what they need because the powerful ones place their own partial interests above the common good.