Greed: an Existence Without Life

Topics: Seven deadly sins, Sauron, Frodo Baggins Pages: 2 (705 words) Published: December 6, 2012
The oldest book known to man contains many laws and suggestions as to what is morally correct within society. In this book, specifically Proverbs 6:16-19 (New King James Version), we are given a list of sins that God hates but seven that are, in His eyes, an abomination. The verse states, “These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him; A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.” Over time society amended and summarized these sins into what are known as “The Seven Deadly Sins:” Gluttony, Pride, Lust, Wrath, Greed, Envy, and Sloth.

In J.R.R. Tolkien's novel The Fellowship of the Ring, a world exists that is called Middle Earth. In the Middle Earth there are many interesting characters, such as dwarves, elves, wizards, and hobbits. The main character, Frodo Baggins, an honest young hobbit, is given a quest to destroy the all ruling ring created by the evil dark lord Sauron, by throwing it back into the fire of Mount Doom where it was created. This ring, one of nine, also the most powerful, brings overwhelming greed to each of the beholders. Tolkien shows many times throughout that greed can even make honest men with the best intentions into evil beings or murderers.

Greed can also cause a prudent man to lose everything he was so diligently gathering. In Luke 12:16-21(New Living Translation) Jesus was telling a parable, which is a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson. In this parable Jesus talks about a farmer who reaps plentiful crops and has so much excess that he plans to tear down his barns and build bigger ones to be able to hold the excess amount. The farmer thinks to himself, with this great crop I will have enough to last for years to come, take it easy, eat, drink and be merry! But God takes his life because of his foolish thoughts of only...
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