A Graphic Illustration of The 7 DEADLY SINS By Ian Quhachi
At the end of this reading, you will realize that someway if not in every way, you have at some point, fallen into every category of the 7 Deadly Sins viewed by society and literature. Ghanaian sensational artist Ian Quhachi demonstrates in a fine art illustration, The 7 Deadly Sins.
Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Slothfulness, Wrath, Envy and Pride.
Lusting goes beyond that strong sexual desire. It is an intense desire or need: “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” Matthew 5:28. It is fair to see an illustration of this sin with a feminine character for the reason that females are naturally impious of material things and highly sensational. I’ve been there.
The habitual eating to excess. Call it overeating. According to Proverbs 23:21 “for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags”
You’re greedy when you have an excessive desire to acquire or possess more especially more material wealth, than you need or deserve. A similar attribute to this sin is covetousness. Here’s what the Bible’s got to say about greed in Ephesians 4:19 “Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more”.
The disinclination to work or exert yourself: not energetic or vigorous “I can’t cook… I shan’t cook… I won’t cook”. Call it laziness or idleness. “The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway” Proverbs 15:19.
You will also notice how the illustration of this deadly sin was left unfinished.
Intense anger, usually on an epic scale. It is defined as a strong vengeful anger or indignation: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” – Proverbs 15:1.
Envy is a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something that is possessed by another. It is also the spite and resentment at seeing the success of another. This personified deadly sin may sound insensitive and to a large extent inhumane, unless you find yourself in this peculiar situation. That is why 1 Peter 2:1-2 admonishes us to “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation”.
I mean, who hasn’t felt proud before? It is okay to have self-respect and a feel of personal worth. No one wants to entertain a person of low self-esteem. Yet, pride is personified as a deadly sin when the sense of one’s self-esteem is inordinate and excessive. “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” – Proverbs 16:18
Ian illustrates this Deadly sin with a male character with the perceptible awareness of the natural trait of men to be spurred on by a dislike of falling below standards.
A keen look at all 7 Deadly sins and one can tell they are activated by DESIRES… FEELINGS. It is necessary to have control over the flesh especially when it comes to action. Desires make us human, but when we allow them to engulf and go ahead of our actions, that is when we lose control.
Illustration: Ian Quhachi