Exhortations

Blasphemy

It is blasphemy to ignore the Holy Spirit to use us.

Blasphemy is an act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or any sacred things or lack of reverence concerning religious things. Some religions consider it a religious crime. In both Christianity and Judaism, they see sin as a deliberate violation of the will of God and as being attributable to human pride, self-centeredness, and disobedience—Britannica

Blasphemy is a sin, and sins can be controlled with the help of the Holy Spirit. We need the help of the Holy Spirit before the sin will even be committed. We have to enjoy and practice the gift of the Holy Spirit for us to be always in touch with Him.  

Sins, such as Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth are typically recorded as seven deadly sins. We were and are taught to believe during our early age that humans inherited the sin of Adam and Eve, and believing baptism during our childhood cleansed us.  However, this is the experience of our infant body without any idea what is it but surely felt when the water touches our skin when the priest pours that holy bath.  Many, if not all babies react to it, and that when the baby cries, the belief is that, it is a symbol of an interpretation at best of the acceptance of becoming a Christian.

Nowadays the priest proclaims during the baptism the phrase “Born Again” which is biblical that all Christians are born again because the sins of the world were erased on the cross by the Son of God a Savior sent by God. The Free Will is given to people of the world, the capability of directing himself towards good work. However,  sometimes the use of free will is used against the Will of God and rejects to be a steward of righteous living.

The initiative comes from God, when God speaks to us, the response is needed.  We cannot ignore when He speaks and our rejection of His demand to use us is blasphemy. God is a Spirit and the Holy Spirit of God is the one talking to us. Blasphemy is an unforgivable sin. God has chosen man especially Christians to associate with the work of his grace. It is an insult to God that His children blasphemed. God is pleased when we make life more joyous and cheerful. When we follow His Will our life becomes more meaningful and worth living.

Sins are so powerful that we need to identify every one of them to be aware when we seek the help of the Holy Spirit. Some of them as follows: Pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony, and sloth are not plainly what it says, there are more branches embedded to it:

Pride: is arrogance, feeling superior in wealth and race, disdainful, lordly or bossy, and never submits to accept fault.

Greed: will do anything to achieve material gain, selfish, self-centered is a person that always grabs attention, always needs recognition to every donation.

Wrath: God wants us to live in peace and harmony with each other which is a sign of love.

An angry person has a clouded mind and can decide out of the blue.

Lust: a desire more focus on sexuality, flesh thinking are more material satisfaction than achieving spiritual value.

Gluttony is acquiring more than what is needed. Gluttony is not only addressed to food but also anything over we need and then later turn to waste.

Sloth: is laziness and we have a saying that: “what you can do today why push it tomorrow”, “opportunity sometimes only knocks once”

Envy: sometimes this type of sin is deadly and needs to be avoided. Do not envy the fortune of others but instead be it an inspiration to set a certain goal for yourself that one day you can be like him. We need the guidance of the Holy Spirit to settle all the above sins for good and we can do it by being mindful when it is coming.

What we must focus to avoid is what God hates: Revelation 21:8, NLT: “‘But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.'”

“Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right, and let him who is holy continue to be holy.”

God is all in all!

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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