1 a : the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God b : the act of claiming the attributes of deity
2 : irreverence toward something considered sacred or inviolable
Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of Heaven,
You can justify it in the end.
~From “One Tin Soldier”
I will start this short post by saying that I am a Christian. I am a humble, doubting, questioning, liberal believer who clings fast to one core belief and not much else: God is love.
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength’. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.
So, I ask this question: isn’t it blasphemous to claim the right to judge on God’s behalf? Isn’t it blasphemous to hate and wage war on your neighbor?
The Christ I follow consorted with tax collectors and sinners. He embraced lepers and fishermen, and lifted up prostitutes and thieves.
Mine is not a deity who hates sinners and nonbelievers, and I cannot respect those who claim to follow Him but sow hate on his behalf. That is true blasphemy. Instead, try:
I wholeheartedly believe love is ever so much more effective a change agent in this world and beyond.