This morning, I am going to discuss the seven abominations that are counter to the Ways of the Lord, or the Laws of God, as listed in Proverbs 6:16-19.
Deep in the soul of every human being is the desire — the need — to become fully aligned with the Law and Order of God, as one with his Divine Plan of Goodness and Abundance. It is this lack of attunement that begets dis-ease, the feeling of discontent, incompleteness, that there is something more. The spiritual soul sees this need evidenced in the hustle and bustle of today’s world, the extremes to which people will go to be stimulated, to get their own way, the idea that progress can only come through constant activity. Yet, mankind has at its fingertips the way of righteous living, indeed, we live and move and have our being in the Order of God — His Truth. If we had no written word, observance of the visible world, obedience to decency, kindness and givingness and the quietude to recognize divine hunches would lead us to the kingdom of heavenly existence.
I quote from Proverbs: “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him.”
“A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
“An heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
“A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
Well, those sound simple enough to understand, but as we examine them in detail, we find there are aspects and nuances that may reveal to us that we have not quite cleansed ourselves of all resistances to God’s Perfect Law.
“A proud look”, or haughty eyes, as my Bible clarifies: There is more to this than meets the eye at first reading. If our eye be focused on our own ambitions and achievements and the recognition thereof by others, then we have a proud look, a desire for adulation, a longing to feel important. Jesus reminded: “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single (on God, in Good), thy whole body shall be full of light.” Our purpose of being is to serve God, be one with Him, be His hands and feet to bring forth (express) His Kingdom wherever we are, period.
Until we have fully unfolded our Christ nature, the human part of us does need encouragement; we all are grateful for appreciation of our efforts, and we have “haughty eyes” if we cannot easily pat our fellow man on the back, calm apprehensions he may be harboring as to his worthiness. This is not being insincere; there is always something to praise when sincere effort is made.
As we make our happy way toward mastery, we’d do well to remind ourselves that though we be joyous at the progress we have made, there are yet those great Ones that have experienced beyond where we are. We know more than some and less than some. What is vital is how well we live in the Father’s image and likeness each moment, right where we are. Two spiritual axioms to remember: “He who is truly loving can be bold,” and “No soul shall ever attain mastery until his tongue has lost the power to wound…” which leads us to the second abomination.
“A lying tongue”, There are obvious prevaricators and there are subtle ones. God spoke the Word and worlds came into being. Patterned after His Holy Likeness, how careful we must be in what we speak or infer. Thoughts are unspoken words and will eventually reveal themselves through our attitudes or actions. I give you a point to ponder: I may say of another that he is expressing a certain undesirable habit, and I am truthful if I report it accurately; however, if I imply that the individual is a hopeless case and always behaves in that manner, I am untruthful in failing to recognize the possibility of the marked change that will assuredly, one day, take place in his endless eternal life and that there are times, even now, that he resists the temptation so to act.
I shall be brief about little white lies. A lie is a lie is a lie, as is any misleading of another. The soul who is scrupulously honest, accurate (neither exaggerating nor understating), and upfront sleeps peaceably and does not eat the bread of sorrows. Misleading always ends in distrust, and will be found out in the end.
“Hands that shed innocent blood…” Hands are symbolic of our power to do, and blood is the carrier of the life force throughout the body. This abomination speaks of our responsibility to use our powers in a protective and compassionate manner in dealing with our fellow man. It does not say that we should not hold miscreants accountable, but that as we do so we are aware of their need to know of their divine potential, be treated decently as a child of God. The Seed of God that gives all life is innocent of wrong-doing and we do not want to be guilty of denying that inner promise even as personalities are punished by their sins.
To shed the life blood or energy of hope in a person — to put him down — is a breach of the law of love. And in reality, reveals to the wise the insecurity of the perpetrator. There is a lot of rubbing one another the wrong way as we humans all try to fit on this globe of Earth and fulfil our needs and desires, so there is work for each of us to generate peace, harmony, forgiveness and helpfulness.
The fourth grave error is “possesses a heart that devises wicked imaginations…” Any true seeker on the Path will discipline what he puts in his mind- be clean and pure in choosing what he reads or listens to, etc. As well as those with whom he keeps company. There is a subtler form of wicked imaginings which begs mention. It is the picturing of oneself as a victim, creating colorful scenarios of unhappy things other might be thinking of us, exaggerating misspoken words as having more malice than was probably intended. Even when we become recipients of slighting remarks, we have the choice to refrain from responding on that level; the old saw “stick and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me” is, in reality, true. Imagine yourself, and be, a divine being and no one and no thing can deter your right expression and place in life. The Law of God is exact: everyone reaps what he sows, good or not-so-good, to the last jot and tittle.
We are to guard against “feet that be swift in running to mischief…”
As teenagers, we can all remember knowing at least one “life of the party” type of person – there’s always one in any group of any size. They are fun-loving, often witty, charming and usually available, for they lack purpose and the wisdom of looking before they leap. They are gung ho to go…! They make fun dates but often poor marriage partners.
We are meant to learn and grow- mature- that we may express the fullness of our true divine nature. The foundation for success in this world, and any other, is to know and practice the Way of God, realize our Christ Sonship. Understanding His Order of the Universe leads to the abundant joyous life.
In the spiritual life, we gain most by hastening slowly, perfecting each level to build higher and higher, broader and broader. We need to lead orderly lives and make balanced effort to keep larger order in the world, but the permanent eternal work is done in the temporal; the only assurance of rightful changes and progress is through time and inspired hearts leading the way.
Woe unto “a false witness that speaketh lies…” A lying tongue was the second listed abomination; this sixth is a false witness that speaketh lies.
It takes spiritual confidence to speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, a deep and abiding sense of one’s own personal worth. The success of someone else, their ill-behavior, whether or not they agree or disagree with my viewpoint, does not take away my inner source of abundant good, nor the fact that I am an eternal being, destined to experience glories not yet imagined.
I share with you a charming thought:
“Why is a windshield so large and the rearview mirror so small?
“So we can look ahead and move on”
We hear gossip, political accusations are spinning beyond belief every day; people are amusing, interesting and irritating, so the temptation is great to speak our piece or pass on what someone else has said. It is God-given to be able to communicate and engage in lively conversation. The soul who will be listened to and revered in the end, is the one whose words are refined by passing through the gate of integrity and selflessness.
The final grave error is to be “he that soweth discord among brethren…”, Our Savior declared this of the attributes of divine being: “Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.” A true peacemaker is “strong in the LORD and the power of His might,” for peacemaking does not mean capitulation to wrong doing, but the radiating of love and good will in establishing a higher and better order through calmness, the serenity of standing in the holy place of righteousness. It requires steady strength and an awareness of who we really are- Lords of the heavens and earth.
Nobody likes a trouble maker, for they cannot be trusted…The world is greatly conflicted now; how we need those of “a soft answer that turneth away wrath!”
This political season has been so soul-wearying for all of us who take our voting privileges seriously. Why? The difference in the two presidential candidates are very distinct, so the choice should not be that difficult; it is the endless spinning, haranguing and tearing down that is so wearing. Every human being deserves to be treated truthfully…
Jesus warned of the difficulties to be faced in times like these, in the cyclic changes of reaping and sowing, moving through the overlapping and interacting energies of a passing age and the vibratory radiations of a new age dispensation. He said, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, that shall show great signs and wonders, in so much that if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
Isn’t it encouraging that the elect of the Christ- those that strive with all their being to live The Way, The Truth and The Life- shall see behind smoke screens, recognize how God’s right and pure principles apply to all matters of the earth?
Autumn gives us a particularly dramatic display of the changing cycles of nature. The chemical processes responding to the lessening hours of sunlight, which results in the brilliant coloration of leaves before they drop, provide an interesting thought to ponder concerning our own cycles of growth. As we practice the unfolding of divine virtues in ourselves, go through the sowing of righteousness (spring cycle), weed and water, till and tend (summer cycle), master the desired attribute (reap in autumn), I picture a wondrous flame of color and brilliance in the aura of our being as it celebrates the victory; the beautiful leaves of Fall glow and so do we! It is the soul’s great rejoicing as our newly developed power of goodness must, in the winter cycle, set to work preparing the soil of our awareness to plant a richer and more abundant crop of blessings of a new Spring cycle- a higher level of living.
Sound, number and color produce form. As we say in the metaphysical movement, “Thoughts are things” — the unspoken or spoken word creates! Thus, we easily may see how vital it is that we conquer all aspects of those activities that are an abomination, or opposed, to the Loving Law and Order of God. If we do not, we generate chaos for ourselves, others, the world systems and this living, giving planet on which we dwell. Sound (the word), according to the note (or number) of vibrations, produce color; by the interaction of these three is form created.
It is awesome and humbling to realize the power our Heavenly Father has entrusted to us. In praise and appreciation, let us willingly heed the Word and Way of God, every day, seek with all heart, mind and soul to eradicate our short-comings and intensify all goodness, within and without.