What is blasphemy?

Blasphemy is to speak ill of God or of the things of God. To blaspheme means to insult or defame God by telling lies about Him. Those who blaspheme show contempt for God.

Our attitude must be one of love and respect for God. He’s powerful and perfect and he still loves us! Blasphemy is to consciously reject God. Some forms of blasphemy are:

  • Reject Jesus as savior
  • Curse God
  • To speak ill of God and of His works

Blasphemy in the Bible

In the Old Testament, the punishment for blasphemy was death by stoning ( Leviticus 24: 15-16 ). Love and respect for God should be the foundation of the nation of Israel. Blaspheming was a very serious sin and could not be tolerated.

Jesus warned that blasphemy is a serious sin. There is no salvation for the blasphemer who rejects God completely and refuses to acknowledge His action, as the Pharisees did when they accused Jesus of working for the devil ( Matthew 12:24 ).

Religious leaders accused Jesus of blasphemy because he claimed to be equal to God, which, in their view, demeaning God. They used the blasphemy charge to turn the people against Jesus, because blasphemy was a serious sin that revolted the Jews ( John 10: 31-33 ).

Does blasphemy have forgiveness?

Yes, blasphemy has forgiveness, if the person repents. God does not reject anyone who repents. The only unforgivable sin is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit ( Matthew 12: 30-32 ). Whoever commits this sin does not repent, because true repentance only happens through the action of the Holy Spirit, which the person has rejected. If you love God, you are in no danger of falling into that sin.


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