Hover over Romans 1:20-22 for proof of God's existence, and over Matthew 5:27-28 for Judgment Day’s perfect standard. Then hover over John 3:16-18 for what God did, and over Acts 17:30-31 for what to do.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

What Does it Mean?

If you use the Law to reach the lost, you may have had some people say that "taking God’s name in vain" is not considered "blasphemy." However, the Greek word used is blasphemia. It breaks down to blas which means “against God or sacred persons or things,” and phemia which means “speech.” The Apostle Paul considered himself a blasphemer before his conversion (1 Timothy 1:13). He more than spoke against Jesus of Nazareth, he so hated Christianity, he killed Christians. So if any speech against God, and using His name without due respect is considered blasphemy, how much more evil is it to use His name as a cuss word?

Another accusation often leveled at us is that the Seventh Commandment is about "adultery," not fornication (sex before marriage). That’s not true. In 1 Timothy 1:8--10 it is made clear that the Commandments not only include fornicators, but they also include homosexuals.

Finally, there are some who say that the Ninth Commandment says, “Thou shalt not bare false witness.” They maintain that that is solely a reference to giving false witness in a court of law, and therefore doesn’t include everyday lying. Another untruth. 1 Timothy 1:8-10 also says that the Law was made for liars. So, as much as the world would like to do away with the Law, or at least water it down, it’s immutable. It’s not going away, and it will be the unbending standard of judgment on the day when God judges the hearts of men and women (see Romans 2:12).