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The Destructive Tongue!

Within the article, The identity of the Wicked One was taught that the term Satan defines as Accuser and the term Devil defines as Slanderer. Anybody can be an accuser and a slanderer by how they speak to another person. A person’s tongue can cause, and has caused, detrimental damage for any existence, spirit or human. The tongue can also speak words of wisdom, and can speak words to glorify the Divine. Luke writing at chapter 6:45, which Jesus taught;

The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

Good or bad can be stored in the heart. Consequently, the mouth speaks from what has been stored. For a person to be able to identify what is in a person’s heart is to listen to what they talk about. The majority of the public talks about materialism, money, the world, which relates to their predominate nature.

Understanding the seriousness of what damage the tongue can cause to an individual’s spirituality; a person should wisely consider the way they use their tongue.

Psalm 10:7 His mouth is full of curses and lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue.
Psalm 12:3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips and every boastful tongue.
Psalm 37:30 The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just.
Psalm 52:2 Your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor, you who practice deceit.
Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

The Hebrew scriptures are full of verses referring to how the tongue can be used, which is a manifestation of the inner heart. Moses, the man that wrote down the commandments for mankind, which is based on faith and love, taught on how we should use our tongue through a story format. In the book of numbers chapter 10:11 continues the story of the travels of the Israelites from Exodus chapter 34. After Moses orally explained the commandments to the Israelites, then went back up the mountain to get the rock slabs of the 10 primary commandments; the Israelites made a calf which broke the first two commandments. Moses knew that the majority of the Israelites had selfish wicked hearts. Once they left the mountain we can learn how the Israelites used their tongue, according to their heart condition.

In Exodus chapters 16, 17, and 18, most likely happened after they left Mount Sinai. The Jewish scribes totally manipulated the chronology of the Exodus of the Israelites. The reason is that the Israelites plundered the Egyptians, which they would have had plenty of food and water all the way to the mountain. They traveled straight to Mount Sinai.

Starting in Numbers chapter 11, the Israelites lacked faith when they ran out of food and water. Consequently, they complained. They used their tongue unwisely, which they did not benefit. The Israelites continually tested Moses by speaking out in a wicked way, manifesting a lack of faith. Numbers chapter 11:1

Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the LORD, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the LORD burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp.

People that complain in life angers the Almighty Divine, which causes instant karma for the complainer. During the days of the Exodus, the Israelites were put to death because of their complaints. The story of the quail is a fine example of the results of complaining which caused their craving. Numbers 11:4-13; Verse 10 states:

Moses heard the people of every family wailing, each at the entrance to his tent. The LORD became exceedingly angry, and Moses was troubled.

Continuing in verse 18-23 and concluding starting in verse 31, shows the end result what happened to the Israelites regarding complaining, which caused craving and greed. Note they gathered the quail all day long, plus the next day, not just what they needed for a meal or a day. The consenquesnces; Numbers 11:33.

But while the meat was still between their teeth and before it could be consumed, the anger of the LORD burned against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague. Therefore the place was named Kibroth Hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had craved other food.

There are people that have a hard time understanding, why would “The LORD” be so vengeful? The reason is these people saw with their own eyes; the power of the Almighty Divine – what happened in Egypt and parting of the red sea. They still didn’t manifest any faith toward the one that is formless – The Almighty Divine. Nowadays people still receive their karma instantly, because they complain, which can be easily observed by a person of discernment. Moses did not come out and say, “Do Not Complain” he taught this through a story format. It is certainly a commandment to be mindful of.

Chapter 12 of the book of numbers Aaron and Miriam accused Moses for taking a Cushite woman for a wife. In the Hebrew, Cushite means Ethiopian. The Anger of the Divine was expressed toward Aaron and Miriam because they spoke against Moses, the chosen one and servant of the Divine. Consequently, Miriam was turned into a leper. The only reason she was healed after seven days is because Moses interceded on her behalf.

The Buddha taught in the Dhammapada Chapter 18:12,13;

Whoever in the world takes life-murders, tells lies with the tongue, steals, comments adultery, is addicted to drinking intoxicating liquors. Is digging up their very roots, even when alive.

The exact same teaching as Moses and Jesus.

A person’s tongue can cause damage to one’s spirituality. The Prophet Jeremiah continually denounced the Israelites because of telling lies and spreading falsehood, for nobody spoke the truth in Jerusalem. The ego-driven person manifests their arrogance through the tongue: bragging, drawing attention to oneself, boasts over falsehood, puffing themselves up through self-centeredness, playing the victim, accusing and slandering their fellow man. This type of person will never find success in spirituality.

The Apostle James sums up the concept of using the tongue.

Jam 3:5 Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.
Jam 3:6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
Jam 3:8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
Jam 3:9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.
Peter Comments regarding the tongue. 1Pe 3:10 For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.

James teaches in verse six; the tongue can corrupt a person’s life and sets a person’s whole life course on fire. The Greek word that they translate into fire, defines as “to cause a blaze”. James is teaching the law of karma. The world uses their tongue unwisely bringing harsh karma on top of their karma from their past life. The wise will use their tongue wisely and speak truth.