Blasphemy Part #1

Blasphemy (Short part#1)

It is blasphemy to ignore the Holy Spirit to use us.

Blasphemy is an act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or any sacred things or lack of reverence concerning religious things. Some religions consider it a religious crime. Christianity and Judaism see sin as a deliberate violation of the will of God and as being attributable to human Pride, self-centeredness, and disobedience—Britannica.

Blasphemy is a sin that can be controlled with the help of the Holy Spirit. We need the help of the Holy Spirit before the sin is even committed. We must enjoy and practice the gift of the Holy Spirit to be constantly in touch with Him.  

Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth are typically recorded as seven deadly sins. We were and are taught to believe from an early age that humans inherited the sin of Adam and Eve, and believing baptism during our childhood cleansed us. However, this is the experience of our infant body. We have no idea what it is, but we feel it when the water touches our skin when the priest pours that holy bath. Many, if not all, babies react to it, and when the baby cries, the belief is that it is a symbol of an interpretation, at best, of the acceptance of becoming a Christian.

Nowadays, the priest proclaims during the baptism the phrase “Born Again,” which is biblical, that all Christians are born again because the sins of the world were erased on the cross by the Son of God, a Savior sent by God. Free Will is given to people of the world, the capability of directing themselves toward good work. However,  sometimes, free will is used against the Will of God and rejected to be a steward of righteous living.

The initiative comes from God; when God speaks to us, the response is needed. We cannot ignore when He speaks; our rejection of His demand to use us is blasphemy. God is a Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is talking to us. Blasphemy is an unforgivable sin. God has chosen man, especially Christians, to associate with the work of his grace. It is an insult to God that His children are cursed. God is pleased when we make life more joyous and cheerful. Our lives become more meaningful and worth living when we follow His will.

Sins are so mighty that we need to identify them to be aware when we seek the help of the Holy Spirit. Some of them as follows: Pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony, and sloth are not plainly what they say; there are more branches embedded in them:

Pride is arrogance, feeling superior in wealth and race, disdainful, lordly, or bossy, and never submitting to accept fault.

Greed: will do anything to achieve material gain, selfish, self-centered is a person that always grabs attention, always needs recognition for every donation.

Wrath: God wants us to live in peace and harmony with each other, which is a sign of love.

An angry person has a clouded mind and can decide immediately.

Lust is a desire more focused on sexuality; flesh thinking is more material satisfaction than achieving spiritual value.

Gluttony is acquiring more than what is needed. Gluttony is addressed to food and anything we need, which later turns to waste.

Sloth is laziness, and we have a saying: “What you can do today, why push it tomorrow?” “Opportunity sometimes only knocks once.”

Envy: sometimes, this type of sin is deadly and needs to be avoided. Do not envy the fortune of others but instead be an inspiration to set a specific goal for yourself that one day you can be like him. We need the guidance of the Holy Spirit to settle all the above sins for good, and we can do it by being mindful of when it is coming.

We must focus on avoiding what God hates: Revelation 21:8, NLT:” ‘But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.'”

“Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right, and let him who is holy continue to be holy.”

God is all in all!

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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