Uncovering the Truth: Words Are Not Evil; Expressions of Hate Are Evil
Last week, I realized that when the Bible says that the tongue is world of iniquity that defiles the whole body (James 3:6), God does not mean words in and of themselves. God means any expression of evil is sin, including actions and body language. During this week’s Bible study of Matthew 15 with Kristi, I finally found the proof.
My mom always thinks that I am evil because I use words to live, and she thinks that words are evil like James 3:6 literally says. However, James 3:6 does not mean that words are evil.
James 3:14 explains that the words are not evil, but the heart of envying and strife are evil. Matthew 15:7-8 define the things that come out of the mouth as lies and hypocrisy. People say glory to God, but do not glory Him. Glory is showing God’s love to others so that they praise Him (Psalty’s Kid’s Praise 2 – A Joyful Noise). Rather, Matthew 15:9 says that people do what men want.
By “doing”, words are not evil, but any action against God, as Matthew 15:19 lists: evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, lies, and blasphemy. Words simply give expression to these actions so that humans can be conscious of them. As such, the actions themselves are evil.
Words cannot be evil because words are God (John 1:1). God never contradicts Himself in the Bible. If words are God and God is life (John 3:16), then words are life. As life, words cannot be evil because evil is the opposite of life; evil takes life (Sean Tealy).