I have thought about this one. I dont think it has much to do with wanting less for others. I think it has more to do with us centering ourselves in the one place where God can help us. Right here in us, at this very time. I cannot waste energy worrying about what others got. Worry is a prayer. i am praying wrong if I am judging others.
Whoa, i just nailed it. Sorry I am tired. It is about judgement. I am playing God if I say so and so has that car and I have this car and thats not fair, blah, blah, blah.
You see I dont think the ten commandments were actually written as commandments. i think they were written more or less as suggestions, and somehow got garbled in the greek to roman version. I think all of these laws are universal truths. We just caant seem to get passed the "thou shalt not" right?
Like "thou shalt not put any gods before me" I think you can put anything you want in front of God. The problem is, you just put something before him. Meaning between you and God. Dont we do that all the time? A definition of worship might be to: "obsessively turn our consciences towards". What do I worship? make a pie chart and at the end of the day see what rules the chart and that is what you are worhipping.
I didnt mean to get side tracked, but I think we would be more interested if we try to understand some of these teachings. they make sense when you come at them from different angles.
this is what i found about it, courtesy of wikipedia ENVY
"Like greed, Envy may be characterized by an insatiable desire; they differ, however, for two main reasons. First, greed is largely associated with material goods, where as envy may apply more generally. Second, those who commit the sin of envy resent that another person has something they perceive themselves as lacking, and wish the other person to be deprived of it. Dante defined this as "a desire to deprive other men of theirs." Envy can be directly related to the Ten Commandments, specifically "Neither shall you desire... anything that belongs to your neighbour". In Dante's Purgatory, the punishment for the envious is to have their eyes sewn shut with wire because they have gained sinful pleasure from seeing others brought low. Aquinas described envy as "sorrow for another's good"."
That's a good explanation. Put a bit more simply, envy is a sin because it hurts your relationship with the person you are envying. If you are jealous of what another person has or has done or what they look like, you can't be the kind of friend to them that you should be.
I like this answer because is gets to the heart of why we are even here. We are here for relationship.
Yes it it. Hope this helps :D
-_- Well that helps
no idea :P