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613 Commandments!

#3. Blasphemy! 

(Exodus 22:27, Leviticus 24:16) 

recorded Mar10 2016

We have a mistaken notion of blasphemy.  We think it is saying something a bit cynical or mean about God, or something nasty about religion, or even a denial of Jesus Christ.  As for Jesus, he said, “You can blaspheme me (the son of Man) but don’t blaspheme the Holy Spirit, for that is the unforgivable sin” (Mark 3:29).  Why is blaspheming the Holy Spirit the unforgivable sin?

Unforgivable sin is part of doctrine for Jews (any deliberate sin), Catholics (a multitude of things), Protestants (not accepting Jesus), Muslims (shirk), and Buddhists (anantarika-karma).  Each of these has a thing in common, which is the deliberate premeditated act.  Now, due to our selfish and arrogant ways, we tend to think our own deliberate sins are much less offensive to God than the deliberate sins of others.  This is called HYPOCRISY and double standard.  Obviously, God does not regard your sins, deliberate or otherwise, with any less mind of justice.  In other words, God does not play favorites when it comes to sin.  To teach therefore that God regards your sin as less egregious than the sin of another is to teach against the justice, or Spirit, of God.  

The Spirit of God, which created the universe, also created the Law of God for men.  To teach therefore that the Spirit of God plays favorites with the Law, or regards your sin as “not as bad” as the other fellow’s sin, is to teach not only against the justice of God, but also against the justice of the Law of God.

In Matthew 5:19, Jesus solidifies this truth, when he says, “Whoever breaks the least commandment AND teaches against it shall be called least in heaven.”  Take the meaning of “in heaven” any way you like, but if you break the least commandment in the Law of God AND teach against that least commandment, you are LEAST, that is, lowest of all things.  Pretty bad.

Religions scramble to give selfish and arrogant humans an answer to the question, “If I commit a deliberate sin, am I doomed?”  The Protestants say, “The only unforgivable is not accepting Christ.”  But that is NOT what Christ said in Matthew 5:19.  He said you are in very bad shape when you teach against the least COMMANDMENT.  There is no commandment to accept Jesus Christ.  The commandment regarding expiation of sin is to repent.  This will not disagree with the Protestant teaching to accept Christ because to accept Christ requires to repent first.  Accepting is not repenting.  Acceptance without repentance is empty.  The key element to forgiveness is therefore repentance, not acceptance.

Jesus said that if you teach against the least commandment, you are the lowest.  What is the “least commandment”?  Why, whichever commandment you think is least!  Do you think refraining from pork is the least commandment?  Keep that to yourself!  Teach against that commandment and you are lowest in God’s eyes.  Do you think wearing a garment of wool and linen is no big deal?  Don’t teach against that commandment, or you are the least in God’s eyes.  Get the picture?

It is not that breaking a commandment of God is unforgivable.  It is breaking the commandment and teaching to break the commandment, together, which is unforgivable.  Everyone breaks commandments.  It’s unavoidable. But to teach that what you did, deliberately against the commandment, God accepts, is not only wrong, it is the WORST thing you can do.  It is arrogance.  It is arrogance against the justice of God.  No one is exempt from the justice of God, not even the person who believes He is exempt by accepting Jesus, Allah, dharma, an atonement, or any other thing.  It may be you are acceptable to God, through your repentance, but this is dependent on not teaching against any least commandment.

The unforgivable sin is thus deliberate sin plus teaching that you are exempt from punishment for that deliberate sin, whether such exemption arises due to your accepting a token from God (such as Jesus) or your rejection of the entire theory of celestial justice (“God isn’t micro-managing” – “God forgives all” – “There is not God” – etc).  This is blasphemy.

Blasphemy then, in its simplest definition, is teaching others that it is acceptable, even fine, to commit deliberate sins against the Law of God.  Blasphemy is against God not when it is personal (“God is [this or that]”) but when it is about His business, which is the business of Law.

When the Christian therefore eats pork deliberately, it is a deliberate sin.  Is this forgivable?  Perhaps, but not, however, because the Christian accepted Jesus, or that Jesus made pork acceptable, but because the Christian is taught at the pulpit to accept such things.  Such a Christian is ignorant, not deliberate.  But, once a Christian is no longer ignorant, and learns Matthew 5:19, and sees that even the “least” commandment cannot be broken with impunity, and continues to eat pork, and teaches that it is acceptable to eat pork, that is unforgivable sin.  That is blasphemy.

Why not give up the bacon?  Apparently, bacon and pork are essential elements to good health.  Of course, I’m being facetious.  Rather, the Christian treats bacon and pork (and ham and shrimp and tattoos, and so on) as tokens of his faith.  In other words, eating pork is evidence of the Christian’s faith in the redemption of Christ.  In other words, Christ came to change the Law, or if He didn’t come specifically for that, it was a happy side-effect.  None of this is true.

The least commandment, the one you think is stupid, the one you think is ridiculous, the one you think is overcome by the blood of Jesus, or His works, or your faith, is the one which Jesus Christ implies is most important when it comes to the way you are viewed in heaven.  For He says also, “He who KEEPS the least commandment, AND teaches others to do so, shall be called GREATEST in heaven.”  It works both ways. It’s blasphemy for breaking and teaching against the least commandment, but it is high regard for keeping, and teaching to keep, the least commandment.

In a Torah society, blasphemy, when proven in a court of law, requires death as the penalty.  Why?  First, society cannot last long under a multiplicity of behaviors towards its Law.  If one permits intentional breaking of commandments, one cannot also have a Torah society.  So cultural domination is lost when blasphemy is permitted.  Hegemony goes to the most forceful behavior.  Death as a penalty is a deterrent against losing that hegemony.  Second, God said so.  Part of the commandment against blasphemy is death to the proven lawbreaker.  To refrain from the punishment for blasphemy is to intentionally break that commandment.  In other words, to not require death as the penalty for blasphemy is blasphemy.  The commandments tell us that the judges have no choice when it comes to penalty, and are themselves worthy of whichever penalty they refuse to apply!  Yes, Torah is tough on lawbreakers.  So don’t break the law!  But if you do, don’t teach it is OK to break that law!

For the Christian and Jew (if not the world), the commandments to keep and teach are Torah.  We know this because Jesus was born Jewish, was circumcised, learned at the Temple, taught at the Temple, kept the Passover and other laws, and fought with the Pharisees and Sanhedrin over points of Torah, over legalities.  We do not see Jesus commit any deliberate sin against Torah, nor is that His intention, and He certainly does not teach to break any commandment.  How then does the Christian believe he may do what Christ did not do?

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