Blasphemies

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Blasphemies – 23 December 2008

“All great truths begin as blasphemies.”
– George Bernard Shaw, (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950), Irish Playwright and Critic awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938) for his work on the film Pygmalion.

When you think about it, there is much truth in this statement. In two days we’ll be celebrating the birth of Jesus. Yet the corrupt religious leaders of the day accused Him of performing miracles by demonic power (Mark 3:22):

22. And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.”

The irony here is that those religious leaders were actually blaspheming against the Holy Spirit, as Jesus explained to them (Mark 3:28-30):

28. “Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter;

29. but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”

30. because they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”

Those religious leaders were guilty of the unpardonable sin. And the same thing is happening today. Look how pastors and churches, through their church-sponsored hunting and fishing programs, condone the torture of animals in the name of Jesus. One pastor went so far as to publicly say that fishing should be declared a sacrament. They also do it more subtly through their church-sponsored dinners where they actually ask Jesus to bless the tortured body parts and secretions of innocent animals. And they compound this anathema, hardening children’s hearts by teaching them not to have empathy for these animals. In Matthew 18:5-7, this is what Jesus says concerning such behavior:

5. “And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;

6. but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it is better for him that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea.

7. “Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!”

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"Joyful Curmudgeon"
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No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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