Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tao Bible - Proverbs 6:16-19

These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
~ King James version ~

Seek balance and harmony in all you do.
~ possible Taoist alternative ~
Solomon lists off a bunch of things -- two seem to be redundant -- that angers God.

Generally speaking, most Taoists wouldn't have a problem with the list above except for the fact that it employs subjective terms. What constitutes a proud look or who decides whether shed blood is innocent or not?

External criteria changes from generation to generation and from person to person. When we seek to live in harmony -- as opposed to trying to follow rules -- we organically do what needs to be done according to the circumstance or situation. We embody the concept of wu wei.

If you're interested in reading more from this experimental series, go to the Tao Bible Index page.

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