ShackBible blasphemy

I’ve been accused of a lot of things (and many of those accusations were quite deserved), but I think this is the first accusation of blasphemy: http://shackbible.wordpress.com/2010/02/03/ephesians-1/#comment-610

No details were given, but I wanted to open this up for further conversation, since blasphemy is a big deal, and it’s not something I want to be doing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blasphemy

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  • Benjamin Martinez

    Blasphemy = insulting or irreverent to God or gods. Since you are obviously not trying to insult your own God, I can only assume they mean irreverent. Irreverent = lack of respect or seriousness. Some may take references to penthouses and captain’s bridges as not be serious enough. Or,maybe they don’t like the female pronouns (in that case they are using the word ‘blasphemy’ incorrectly). I have no idea. Just trying to figure out that mindset.

  • Yeah, if somebody takes exception to perceived “irreverence,” I can certainly understand that. My attempt at earthiness is not everybody’s cup of tea.

  • Dalton

    John- The reason that someone would call you a blasphemer is not because you are being irreverent to your God but rather because you are being irreverent to the God of the Bible. The God (Papa) is not the God of the bible and you are twisting the bible to try and make it look like it is really talking about “Papa”, and that is what is Blasphemous. Please listen to reason and cease your rebellion against the word of God. The idea that you have the right to rewrite the bible however you want is the height of rebellion. It is rebellion, not humility or submission, that leads someone to rewrite the bible to fit their own theology. True humility comes from submission to what the Word of God says.

    • Hi Dalton. Your tone of Pronouncing-From-On-High-About-My-Rebellion-Against-the-Word-of-the-Lord. I understand the urge to adopt that tone with people who disagree with me, but honestly, it doesn’t help productive conversation.

  • All: As of 4:17PM (MST) on June 4, 2012, I am 30% blasphemous. 🙂 Keep the feedback comin!

  • Given the further details listed in the comments section of the other post which you linked to, I would say that he felt the use of the female pronouns for God was disrespectful and possibly that he felt your handling of the topics of sin and salvation were as well.

    I can see both sides of the coin on the gender issue. Jesus said himself that God is spirit and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and truth. As such, a spirit has no gender. Nonetheless, Jesus uses male pronouns in the same sentence. I suspect that the reality is that spirit incompasses both genders fully and simultaneously but we don’t have a pronoun for that.

    The question then is, did Jesus refer to God as the Father because of the male dominant culture of the Old and New Testaments or because that is what God prefers? If it is the former then refering to God with female pronouns is not really blasphemous. If it is the latter, I think the only way it would truely be blashphemy is if you KNEW that God prefered being addressed in masculine terms and referred to him in feminine ones with the INTENTION of being disrespectful.

    As to your presentation of sin and salvation…well, I’m pretty sure that even under the common banner of Christianity there are different views on those broad topics, so you are probably safe there so long as it is clear that sin is what separates us from God and salvation is what Jesus did to end that separation.

    • Hey chialpha! I agree the gender issue is really a complicated one, and masculine pronouns are the ones that make the most sense to me as a default setting. But if He can reveal himself as a genderless flaming plant in Exodus (which we call “it” without batting an eyelash) and a female embodiment of wisdom in Proverbs (whom we call “she”), not to mention El Shaddai (Literally: “God With Boobs”), I don’t think He feels insulted by the feminine pronoun.