In James 3:6, we are told how destructive the tongue is. It is called a fire, and then a whole cosmos of unrighteousness. Listed among our body’s members, the tongue has the effect of staining the whole body, and setting time on fire. The body (soma) is stained, and the whole “course of life” is set ablaze. The image of staining is static — you are stained just sitting there. And the whole course of your life is lived through time, and is a conflagration.