blasphemy


blasphemy
A deliberate assault on the majesty of God (Lev. 24:16), punishable by death. In the NT his representatives are subjected to false accusations of blasphemy. Paul is said to have blasphemed when he had been a persecutor of the Church (1 Tim. 1:13).
Jesus was accused of blasphemy because he forgave sins (Matt. 9:3) which only God could do, and the charge of blasphemy before the Sanhedrin secured a unanimous verdict of guilty (Mark 14:64) against Jesus, though the ground for this verdict is unclear since verbal abuse of the Temple or a claim to be the Messiah were not themselves blasphemous. Possibly blasphemy lay in a claim to a unique relationship to God, or in ‘leading Israel astray’ (Deut. 13:5; Ezek. 14:11).
Blasphemy against the Son of Man, being humiliated and unrecognized for who he was, was forgivable (Luke 12:10), because his words and deeds could be inadvertently misinterpreted. But blasphemy against the Spirit [[➝ spirit]] (an exalted Jesus speaking through the Spirit?) cannot be reconciled with Christian fellowship (Heb. 6:4–6) and the mutual forgiveness that the Spirit brings.

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  • Blasphemy — Blas phe*my, n. [L. blasphemia, Gr. ?: cf. OF. blasphemie.] 1. An indignity offered to God in words, writing, or signs; impiously irreverent words or signs addressed to, or used in reference to, God; speaking evil of God; also, the act of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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