The Unusual Way of Blaspheming God

Jesus with the scribes

Blaspheming is the outright disrespect to God. Any less courteous act towards him is blasphemy.

It is not limited to speaking against God, though speaking against him is an act and a kind of blasphemy.

Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the only unpardonable sin (Matthew 12:32). It is grievous speaking against the Holy Spirit or disrespecting him. This is because God is three in one and the Holy Spirit is God. While the Father is on his throne in heaven (Isaiah 66:1), the Son (Jesus) is by the throne of the Father continually making intercession for us (Romans 8:34), the Holy Spirit is right here with us (John 14:17). He came on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:2-4).

Disrespect or blaspheming of the Holy Spirit can't be tolerated by him because he is the God present with us right now, just as a father will not tolerate any act of disrespect shown by his son in his presence.

However, there is an unusual way people blaspheme God (disrespect him) without knowing. This is taking his place or attributing what belongs to him or done by him to oneself or to another man.

This is seen in Mark 2:1-10 when a paralyzed man needed healing. He could not walk but was aided by people. When they came to where Jesus was, Christ was surrounded by crowd and there was no way to get to him. They intelligently create an opening on the roof and let the paralyzed man down.

Jesus impressed by their faith said the man was healed and his sins forgiven (Mark 2:5). The scribes surprised by the statement of Christ of forgiving sin said he blasphemed and that only God has the power to forgive sin. This they said because they never knew that Christ was God himself who only and truly has the power to forgive sin (Mark 2:10).

The scribes assumed Christ taking the place of God in forgiving sin was blasphemy. In a similar way and as earlier stated, taking his place or ascribing his glory to oneself or to another is blasphemy.

This includes taking his praise for his work done. For example, when someone is healed after prayer by another person, it’s the Lord who healed the man and not the man who offered the prayer. Attributing the healing to the man who offered a prayer is blasphemy and disrespect to the Lord.

Sometimes we read on the internet that a certain “prophet” healed with the name of the Father or Christ not mentioned. Beware of false prophets! The true prophet ascribe the work of the Lord to him and does not seek any attention to himself because he knows he is just a vessel used by him.

There are other ways a man can divert God’s glory to himself, like working with his gifts through people. God give gifts to men only for the benefits of his Kingdom. Enticing people to use the gift for worldly cause while the man takes the glory to himself is blasphemy.

While blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is unforgivable, this indirect blasphemy can be forgiven, but only for those who repent and ask for forgiveness. Failure to do so can lead to an awful end.

May God give us the grace to reverence him always both in words and actions. Amen.

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