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Things God Hates

The Bible tells us, “There are six things the LORD hates, seven are an abomination to Him.” So wrote King Solomon (Proverbs 6:16). These things are as follows: “haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, false witness who breathes out lies, one who sows discord among brothers” (Proverbs 6:17-19). Because of His holiness and righteousness, God must hate these things. As a result, christians have absolutely no right to practice or participate in them.

Haughty eyes: These are indicative of a proud person whose eyes reflect the arrogance and pride he harbors in his heart. This person has a superiority complex, seeing himself “a cut above” others, delighting in self-exaltation where his ego is in control. Pride led to the downfall of Lucifer who said, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:14). A person with a proud heart is in rebellion against God. The Bible says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). Also, “Those who walk in pride [God] will put down” (Daniel 4:27). God will not tolerate pride.

A lying tongue: People tell lies for different reasons. God hates a lying tongue, irrespective of the reason for lying. The Bible says, “Whoever speaks truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit,” and also “Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but they that deal truly are His delight” (Proverbs 12:18,22). Jesus is truth personified. He declares, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Shouldn't we endeavor to become more and more like Him? Lying is dishonesty and untrustworthiness.

Hands that shed innocent blood: God is Creator and sustainer of life. Therefore, He must hate hands that shed innocent blood. God makes it very clear that “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in His own image” (Genesis 9:6). So many today have little or no regard for human life. And this goes back to Biblical times. On one o