Proverbs 6:16-19 There are six things that the LORD hates, even seven that are disgusting to him: (17) arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill innocent people, (18) a mind devising wicked plans, feet that are quick to do wrong, (19) a dishonest witness spitting out lies, and a person who spreads conflict among relatives.
Scripture is clear that God loves all of mankind but He hates or despises the sin in mankind. It is not His original purpose for us. There are certain sins and actions that God calls an abomination or disgusting to His nature. They are Arrogant eyes or Pride, a lying tongue, hands that kill innocent people or murderer, a mind devising wicked plans or a person of mischief, feet that are quick to do wrong or someone who actively seeks or runs after sin, a dishonest witness or gossip, and a person who spreads conflict among relatives or trouble maker.
God obviously hates all sin but what makes these 7 so special? I believe they are door way sins for others to enter through. Each one leads to more extravagant sins and causes greater bondage to the sinner. I would like to look at each one closely and hopefully shed some light on these enemies of God. For if they are enemies to God and at least one of them is living in me and through me, then I am an enemy to God. What do you think?
It is fair to say that we have all lied at some point in our lives. Whether as kids who were trying to get out of trouble with their parents. The book of Proverbs has a plethora of information about those who love to lie.
Pro_10:18 Whoever conceals hatred has lying lips. Whoever spreads slander is a fool.
Pro_12:17 A truthful witness speaks honestly, but a lying witness speaks deceitfully.
Pro_13:5 A righteous person hates lying, but a wicked person behaves with shame and disgrace.
Pro_17:7 Refined speech is not fitting for a godless fool. How much less does lying fit a noble person!
Pro_19:5 A lying witness will not go unpunished. One who tells lies will not escape.
Pro_19:9 A lying witness will not go unpunished. One who tells lies will die.
Pro_21:6 Those who gather wealth by lying are wasting time. They are looking for death.
Pro_21:28 A lying witness will die, but a person who listens to advice will continue to speak.
Pro_26:28 A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth causes ruin.
I know a few people who are sweet talkers. They know how to get people on their side by simply lying to them. Yes, even sweet talking people to get a selfish result is lying. People who are liars or even habitual liars are simply selfish. They care about numero uno. THEMSELVES. I know people who lie for no reason. They try to impress others or simply desire to make their lives look more interesting. It is just plain stupidity. The lie always gets caught.
Why is lying an enemy of God? Surely a white lie never hurt anyone correct? Lying was one of the first sins to enter mankind. Remember the garden? The Serpent told Eve " Did God really say that?" Eve convinced herself that it was alright to partake of the forbidden fruit and sin became alive in humankind. Lying allows us to forget about reality and embrace our own fantasy. The majority of the world lives in their own made up fantasy because they have believed a lie.
Lying causes individuals to fall into a life of deception. Deception is a hard thing to over come. When deception is ruling then other sins start to follow. Wickedness compounded without the forgiveness from God and the repentance of man brings the soul of man to hell.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Don't you know that wicked people won't inherit the kingdom of God? Stop deceiving yourselves! People who continue to commit sexual sins, who worship false gods, those who commit adultery, homosexuals, (10) or thieves, those who are greedy or drunk, who use abusive language, or who rob people will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Lying allows individuals to shift blame onto others. It allows them to save face by tricking others as to why they were unable to make an event. People lie to avoid confrontation and to get what they want without earning it rightly. It is an enemy of God because God can only operate in the realm of truth. He create us the same way. Lying is only available when there is an absence of truth. To lie means to live without truth.
Liars are phony people who the bible would call fools. Fools inherit the kingdom of Hell not heaven. Liars are pawns to the king of all liars, Satan. To live a life in lies is to become a blind servant to the Devil. The only way to overcome is to allow Christ into your life. Truth is the only way to conquer the life of lies.