Friday, February 27, 2009

Sin of the Week: LUST

Kay of Perhaps We Learn Something has a brand new meme called Sin of the Week. The first sin is Lust. Oh sure she would pick THAT one!

I assume we all know what the sin of lust is. You remember Jimmy Carter said he lusted in his heart which according to him was NOT a sin. Lusting in your heart, that is. The suggestion is that if you don't DO anything, it's not a sin.

If you believe that then you don't know the Catholic Church and its teachings. The Catholic Church teaches that if you think about, you know, boinking someone who isn't your husband or wife, you've committed a sin. Yeah, that's true!

It's called a sin of thought. You don't even get to enjoy yourself and BAM! you're on your way to hell.

The painting below shows what LUST looks like.

Allegory of Gluttony and Lust

It is a Hieronymus Bosch painting made sometime between 1490 and 1500. It is currently in the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut. In this painting there's more about Gluttony than Lust.

To tell the truth I can't tell what the heck they're doing in the painting above

Bosch did another painting called The Garden of Earthly Delights.

If you look carefully (or embiggen to see better) there's LOTS of LUSTY things going on:

(warning: don't embiggen if you don't want to see scary, sexy things)

Here's another painting of LUST:

(warning: more scary sexy things only in black and white)

Peter Brueghel the Elder

The Seven Deadly Sins or the Seven Vices - Lechery

Oh and yes, LUST is also called LECHERY. It's also called LUXURIA. I never heard of that word.

Go over to Kay's blog and see what she's done for this meme so appropriate for this time of year and in preparation for the Easter holiday.


Kay said...

Thanks Mary!

Those paintings are amazing!

I had never heard of "LUXURIA" either... but I think I am going to have to start using it on a regular basis!

(Even if it sounds like a brand for fabric softner....)

Queen-Size funny bone said...

after a warning like that of course i had to enlarge and zoom in. lol

♥ Kathy said...

No offense to Catholics but if all you have to do is think about it..I'm in big trouble :o

Raven said...

Great collection of paintings. The first one does seem more like gluttony than lust, but I suppose one can lust after food. I never heard of Luxuria either. It sounds kind of nice.

I agree with Kathy - the whole just thinking about it is a pretty high standard to meet.

Desert Songbird said...

Yup, I remember the teachings of "sin of thought." I hope my actions speak louder, however!

Mojo said...

Dang Mary, you get invited to all the best parties don't you? There's never anything like that going on around here!

You reminded me of a bit by the late George Carlin where he says, "You had to waaaanna... In fact 'wanna' was a sin all by itself. It was a sin to wanna feel up Ellen, it was a sin to plan to feel up Ellen, it was a sin to find a place to feel up Ellen, it was a sin to take Ellen to the place to feel her up, it was a sin to try to feel her up, and it was a sin to feel her up. There were six sins in one feel man!"