When scanning the news on most days, one comes across an article about someone in a Muslim country charged by authorities with blasphemy.
Blashphemy is defined as “irreverence toward religious or holy persons or things.” If you think the Christian faith is about “love and forgiveness,” forgetaboutit. There is no forgiveness if you are an unbeliever and commit blasphemy.
Thomas Acquinas said, “It is clear that blasphemy, which is a sin committed directly against God, is more grave than murder, which is a sin against one’s neighbor.”
Acquinas must have taken his conclusions from various passages in the Bible that affirm, and reaffirm, the view of the Bible’s authors about blasphemy. That is, Jesus might forgive you, but God and the “Holy Spirit” will not.
While it is legal to commit blasphemy in the Western World, it is not without its consequences. It would be impossible, for example, for a candidate for public office in the U. S. to do it and be elected.
Blasphemy is the ultimate “political correctness.” The coded message in the Bible’s passages against blasphemy is, control the people.
Blasphemy is not a crime in this country. Christians often ridicule countries with Muslim governments where it is a crime. But, so far as I know, there is nothing indigenous to the Christian faith that precludes making it a crime. I think there are branches of the Christian faith who would make it a crime if they could.
Fortunately, political conditions have not been right for that to happen, so far.