Two years ago, my son moved home with his cat Shadow, who he had rescued from the mean streets of our old home town. When he first adopted Shadow, the cat was skinny, scared, and pathetic. Shadow’s trust in us has grown with his weight.
Now he’s a big fat cat who lolls around on his back doing nothing all day. I’ve pointed that out to my son saying “Look at that – if he was Catholic he’d be guilty of at least two of the ‘seven deadly sins’, gluttony and sloth!”
Do you believe that the seven deadly sins of wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony are in the Bible? They’re not. They were invented by theologians and they are not listed in the Bible.
There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
This list of sins aren’t called deadly, but they are things the Lord hates and finds detestable. Why? It’s like murder, and there are consequences.
There is a proverb that says “Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.” Proverbs 25:18.
The confrontation deals with a false witness who poured out lies, and stirred up conflict in the community. The man in this chapter sowed discord amongst us, and it caused us all to stumble.
The story never made it into the book. My editor said I needed to “murder a few darlings.”