What does the Bible say about blasphemy?

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By BibleAsk Team


Blasphemy

Blasphemy is a term that refers to speaking profanity or acting in a way that shows irreverence or contempt towards God or sacred and holy things. In the Bible, there are several verses that address the concept of blasphemy and its consequences. Here are some Bible verses about blasphemy:

Old Testament:

  1. Leviticus 24:16 – “And whoever blasphemes the name of the Lord shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall certainly stone him, the stranger as well as him who is born in the land. When he blasphemes the name of the Lord, he shall be put to death.” This is a reference to speaking ill and contemptuously against God as the Creator, Sustainer and the Redeemer of mankind.
  2. Exodus 22:28 – “You shall not revile God…”
  3. Isaiah 37:23 – “Whom have you reproached and blasphemed? Against whom have you raised your voice, and lifted up your eyes on high? Against the Holy One of Israel.”

New Testament:

  1. Matthew 12:31-32 – “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.” Here, Christ refers to a group of Pharisees, who had blasphemed by attributing the power of the Holy Spirit (verse 28) to the devil (verse 24) in the full knowledge that their charge was false.
  2. Mark 3:28-29 – “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness but is subject to eternal condemnation.” Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (the unpardonable sin) is a progressive rejection of the truth that ends in a final and irrevocable decision against it, intentionally made in the full knowledge that by doing so one is choosing to follow his own way in opposition to God’s will.
  3. Luke 12:10 – “And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.” This is because the Holy Spirit is the One that convicts of sin. If a person rejects Him, he can longer hear God’s voice.
  4. 1 Timothy 1:13 – “Although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.” Before his conversion, Paul was a blasphemer (Acts 9:4, 5; 26:9–11) but he fully repented and offered his life as an example to the power of the grace of God (1 Timothy 1:14) that transforms sinners into saints.

Historical Examples:

  1. Acts 26:11 – “And I punished them often in every synagogue and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly enraged against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities.” This is a reference to the apostle Paul before his conversion.
  2. Revelation 13:6 – “Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven.” This is a references to the first beast of Revelation 13.
  3. James 2:7 – “Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?” This is a reference to the ungodly rich men of the world that afflict the poor.

Warning against Blasphemy:

  1. Ephesians 4:29-30 – “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Foul language is the sign of a wicked heart, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). Profanity have no place in the believer’s life.
  2. Colossians 3:8 – “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.” This is a reference to the filthy language that consists of “slander” directed against either men or God (Mark 2:7; 7:22; Revelation 13:1).

In summary, the Bible contains various verses that warn against blasphemy and emphasize the significance of respecting God and sacred things. The consequences of blasphemy are destructive, especially when directed towards the Holy Spirit. However, there is also a theme of forgiveness for those who repent and seek God’s grace.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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