Is any system of “sin” ever coherent?

I am not cut out to be a Christian.

But the long story…

I do enjoy reading Matt Forney’s blog. I think he’s mostly weird, very american (which for a european like me equals weird on occasion) but mostly original and sharp.
From his post I happened upon this blog, where someone says (my emphasis):

Look, I know that many, many men and boys spend too much time gaming. There are also many, many men and boys who spend too much time watching television, playing golf, or obsessing over sports (and sometimes all of the above) — you name the diversion, and you’ll find people who indulge in excess. But it’s a category error to equate games and porn. To do so exaggerates the danger of games and minimizes the evil of porn. So if I stay up too late Saturday night playing Diablo 3 (and I probable will!), is that remotely comparable to downloading porn? Simply put, overuse of video games is destructive. Any use of porn is sinful. What’s next? An article proclaiming that women are ruined by adultery and Pinterest?

I do not get it. Seriously. What is the logical or scriptural basis for condemning porn but hailing games, aggressive ones at that?

To wallow in my layman’s cluelessness, the seven deadly sins are:

  • Pride
  • Lust
  • Gluttony
  • Greed
  • Sloth
  • Wrath
  • Envy

Wikipedia adds some comments (emphasis mine):

Lust or lechery is an intense desire. It is usually thought of as excessive sexual wants, however the word was originally a general term for desire. Therefore lust could involve the intense desire of money, fame, or power as well.

Sloth (Latin, Socordia) can entail different vices. While sloth is sometimes defined as physical laziness, spiritual laziness is emphasized. Failing to develop spiritually is key to becoming guilty of sloth. In Christian faith, sloth rejects grace and God.
Sloth has also been defined as a failure to do things that one should do. By this definition, evil exists when good men fail to act.

[Pride] 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).

I mention these only to indicate that in my book, if watching porn or playing computer games are sinful at all, they both are.

Porn yields only to Lust, obviously so. Gaming, especially online games, yields to Sloth (you have to fetch far to argue for spiritual development through gaming), Lust (the fame of being good) and Pride (in being better than others).

This is just another example why I have a problem with ideologies that try to formulate stern systems of Sin, be it “Thou shalt fornicate” or “Thou shalt not be sexist (unless you are a woman)”.

The only General Rule I can think of would be “Thou shalt remember that for everything there is a ‘too much’. Thus thou shalt not be excessive in anything you do (unless you have a really really – really – good reason for it)”

Porn is not evil. Never was. God made us horny.
Did you know that there is a strong inverse correlation between the number of (male on female) rapes and the availability of porn in an area?
Porn helps us stay good.
Porn does no more harm to people than anything else. On the contrary. It helps men keep the balance.
Excessive use of porn, now, that would be a different thing.

Because of the “excessive”, you see?

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