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The crime of blasphemy, in God’s court it’s a serious crime The law against blasphemy is one of the Ten Commandments. Blasphemy is defined for us in Exodus 20:7 as follows, “Thou shall notÂ take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”
Most church people don’t have the slightest clue of what constitutes taking God’s name in vain. I’ll just say this, it has nothing to do with making this insulting abusive directive,Â ‘God dam it.’ Read on, and discover its actual implication.
Each commandment had a particular application with each directive proving ones guilt before God. Temple worship was instituted with the blood sacrifice of animals as atonement for ones guilt.
For our time, the age of the church. From the reformations protestant movement reaching us today. Causing many to think that they have experienced God’s atonement for sin through the blood sacrifice of His Son.
But they haven’t because most modern day protestants think sin atonement through Jesus rests in the teachings of the New Testament Gospels of Matthew – John. And that belief is tantamount, to taking God’s name in vain! All gospel discussions finds the world community under the economy of the Old Testament law. Where did Jesus go to address the community? To the synagogues!
This discussion is not about taking the name of God in vain from the Old Testament perspective. But rather how God’s name is violate today.
God’sÂ fourth commandment creates a unique exception to all His other commandments. Because of its growing global impact upon the world, as history progresses. This fourth commandment represents the war of the ages. Because it’s the struggle for the loyalty of humanity, through the struggle for their souls and ultimately their final destiny.
With Exodus 20:7, giving us God’s definition for blasphemy. This is how blasphemy against the LORD occurs. It occurs, when someone claims to stand in the place of God. Claiming to have the same powers as God and able to forgive individual sin.
It occurred for the first time in the Garden of Eden. When the serpent, the most subtle of all beasts, Genesis 3:1. Told the woman that she would not die, if she disobeyed God, verse 4. The serpent beast told the woman that if she followed her instincts. Then she would have her eyes opened, and that she, would be like God, knowing good and evil, verse five. Standing in His place in the garden knowing the difference between good and evil. What was her punishment for her blasphemy? Perpetual hardships through child bearing and the burden of male dominance, verse 16. And for the man, sorrowful labor just to eat, followed by death, verses 17-19.
The saga continues today, different time, differentÂ players, same result. Continuing into our tomorrows, only with greater intensity.
In the New Testament blasphemy is further developed in Mark 3:29. Where we read, “But he who blasphemies against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation.” For some centuries now blasphemy has taken new twists and turns. By people claiming to have the ability to forgive sin (priests). It occurs, when someone claims to be standing in the place of God. It’s what helped to launch the protestant reformation. Along with the catholic church denying non-clergy to right read the scriptures.
That was the crime that Jesus was accused of committing. Because he said, that He and the Father were one, John 10:30. Immediately stones were taken up to stone him, John 10:31. Because these Jewish scholars understood the law laid down in Exodus 20:7. No person on earth can act as a substitute for God. Such an act is to take and use God’s name in vain which violates the fourth commandment of the ten. So these Jewish scholars said this to Jesus, “For a good work, we stone you not, but for blasphemy and because you being a man, make yourself God, John 10:33. It is clearly recorded that only God can forgive sins, if any institution or person claims that ability it’s blasphemy, Mark 2:7.
Jesus in His defense unequivocally signaled a change would occur, when He said, “But that you might know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins.” Mark 2:10.
But that remained a mystery until God through the Apostle Paul explained that mystery through the course of his writings. Because of that mystery, and the revealing of the Holy Spirit. In accordance with the fourth commandment. Any institution, or person to claim that authority commits blasphemy against God.
The same is accomplished, for remaining stuck in the teachings of the gospels. For example, Jesus is recorded as saying, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life,” John 3:16. Absolute truth, when said, not a truth for today. For today, more than belief in Jesus is needed. Although belief is also necessary.
Here is God’s formula for redemption today because of the blood sacrifice of Jesus. It’s our atonement for our sins today. “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and believe in your heart that God has raised Him the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation,” Romans 10:9-10. The aspects of recognizing His resurrection and who was responsible activates, Roman 10:11 which says, “Whoever believes on him Him will not be put to shame.”
During this church age economy don’t be tricked into thinking anything else is necessary for ones redemptive salvation. Which includes church membership, tithing or baptism. During the church economy it’s about choice not duty.
Hopefully taking the name of the LORD in vain, is better understood. Because the horrors of blasphemy against God, has of yet to fully manifest itself against humanity.