It's nothing new. The name of God has been blasphemed since the beginning when sin entered and spread throughout the human race. God has many names, but is still One. God's names are not just common nouns or descriptions. There is actual power in the names of God. God took His name very seriously, making it one of the 10 commandments. The 7th Commandment, "You shall not take the of the Lord your God in vain for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain." Exodus 20:7. What was the penalty for treating the name of God flippantly? Death. You did not get a trial or get to give an excuse, you were killed immediately. Jesus Christ is God and the same rule applies to His name as well. It was 'In The Name of Jesus' that the blind received their sight, the physically disabled were healed, demons were cast out. There are many bible verses about how you treat and use the name of God.
The Name of God is Holy
There are so many verses about the holiness of God, Everything about God is Holy. Who He is, What He does, His Name. I will only quote two of them. "The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, Who Was and is and is to come!" Revelations 4:8.
Psalm 111:7-9 The works of His hands are faithful and just; all His precepts are trustworthy. They are established for ever and ever, enacted in faithfulness and uprightness. He provided redemption for His people; He ordained his covenant forever– Holy and awesome is His name. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have good understanding. To Him belongs eternal praise.
Storing Up Wrath to Come
Why to people today think that God is no longer concerned about His Laws or statutes? Why do the people not fear or respect the name of the Lord? Where is the zeal for righteousness? According to studies on the faith of the American people, over half of Americans claim to be Christians. Really, over half? So how is it that the movies, the songs, the books, the shows that use the name of Jesus as a curse/swear word are even able to be produced, sold, or watched? The entertainment industry is based on what the people want. They produce and distribute what the people will pay money to go see or do. It is just amazing, the fact that in so many movies and shows and books that Jesus Christ is frequently used as a curse word or an exclamation of frustration. Why are the 'Christians' not protesting, boycotting these modes of entertainment? Oh we rationalize our involvement with these shows/books, etc, many justify their actions by saying, "well I'm not saying His name in name. it's just entertainment." Do you really think God is ok with His people watching and supporting entertainment that blasphemes His name?
"For we all must appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each one may receive according to what he has done in the body, whether good or evil." 2 Corinthians 5:10
God holds people responsible for colluding with evil. In Numbers chapter 25, a few of the Israelites had given sacrifices to a false god. Not only were the specific offenders killed, but the whole congregation was plagued and 24,000 people died! What stopped the plague was one man who had the righteous fear of God; the man stood up for God and killed the one's who had started the sin in the first place. One man turned back the wrath of God, this man was zealous for God and His laws. Where are those who are zealous for God today?
God has not changed His view of Himself or His expectations on how His people are supposed to act.
There is going to be a Day of Judgment, and God will judge everyone who has ever lived, His wrath is going to poured out on all the wicked and ungodly. The Good News is Believing in Jesus saves us from the righteous wrath of God. But that is not all, He gives us a new heart and mind NOW, and we receive some of His blessing from heaven NOW and are equipped to be able to live a life that is holy and acceptable to Him NOW.
1. Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is real, He lived and died and rose from the grave.
2. Believe that you are a sinner, repent-turn from your sins and realize and accept you need Jesus.
3. Confess that Jesus is your Lord and God
4. Find a local Bible preaching church that does obey the commandment for water baptism for the remission of your sins and to identify yourself with Christ.
This is just the first step to a lifelong journey of growing in truth and love with the God who created this earth and everything in it, including every human being that has ever lived.
Bible verses related to this post: 2 Corinthians 5:10, Numbers Chapter 25, Psalm 111:7-9 Luke 1:46-47 Psalm 99:1-3 Revelations 4:8.
Erica Harris is a God Gifted Christian Coach, Counselor, providing insights and truths from the Word of God, The Bible.