Monday, April 9, 2007
Leviticus 24:16 "Anyone who blasphemes the name of the LORD must be put to death. The entire assembly must stone him. Whether an alien or native-born, when he blasphemes the Name, he must be put to death."
That sounds pretty serious! Let's see what the New Testament says:
Luke 12:10 "And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven."
Hmm, again, not something I'd want to do. So, what is "basphemy"?
Numbers 15:30 "But anyone who sins defiantly, whether native-born or alien, blasphemes the LORD, and that person must be cut off from his people."
Seems clear enough to me. So, even Christians, if they sin defiantly (knowing it's sin, no remorse or desire to stop), they will not be forgiven.
Matt 22:36 - 40 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
Some of things to avoid are (a list I made a while back from the NT):
Greed, covet, jealousy, murder, quarrelling, ill-will, gossip, slander, hater of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, plan evil, disobey parents, brainless, faithless, heartless, ruthless, stubborn, unrepentant, selfish, steal, adultery, idolatry, blasphemy, liar, fear, anger, vengeful, drunkeness, partying, sexual immorality, abusive, homosexuality, contemptuous language, conceited, hypocrasy, fighting, selfish ambition, disobedient, bitterness, violent assertiveness, spitefulness, obscenity, course language, vanity, impurity, lust, meanness, self-loving, money loving, proud, insulting, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasible, uncontrolled, brutal, hateful of good, traitorous, headstrong, loving pleasure rather tahn God, religious but without power, murder...
I'm sure there's more,,,, but that's a good start.
And then there's this one (hence the cool picture above):
Hebrews 4:13 "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account."