My dictionary defines the word BLASPHEMY as follows:
1 : irreverence toward God
a. Jewish law (1) : the cursing or reviling of God or the king 2 : irreverence toward something considered sacred or held in high regard - "blasphemy."Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002.
(2) : the pronouncing of the forbidden name of God
b. (1) : indignity offered to God in speaking, writing, or signs
(2) : the act of claiming the attributes or prerogatives of deity
The Catholic Church defines BLASPHEMY in this way:
"2148 Blasphemy is directly opposed to the second commandment. It consists in uttering against God - inwardly or outwardly - words of hatred, reproach, or defiance; in speaking ill of God; in failing in respect toward him in one's speech; in misusing God's name. St. James condemns those "who blaspheme that honorable name [of Jesus] by which you are called." The prohibition of blasphemy extends to language against Christ's Church, the saints, and sacred things. It is also blasphemous to make use of God's name to cover up criminal practices, to reduce peoples to servitude, to torture persons or put them to death. The misuse of God's name to commit a crime can provoke others to repudiate religion. Blasphemy is contrary to the respect due God and his holy name. It is in itself a grave sin.
"2149 Oaths which misuse God's name, though without the intention of blasphemy, show lack of respect for the Lord. The second commandment also forbids magical use of the divine name. [God's] name is great when spoken with respect for the greatness of his majesty. God's name is holy when said with veneration and fear of offending him."--Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), 2nd Ed., (C) 1994/1997 United States Catholic Conference, Inc.
Bear these definitions in mind as you read what follows.
The Catholic Catechism quotes the Second Commandment of the Catholic revision of the Decalogue as follows:
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. You have heard that it was said to the men of old, "You shall not swear falsely. . But I say to you, Do not swear at all.--Ibid.
"You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. . ." Powerful words and crystal clear in meaning. The Roman Church understands that God was serious when He gave this commandment.
2142 The second commandment prescribes respect for the Lord's name. Like the first commandment, it belongs to the virtue of religion and more particularly it governs our use of speech in sacred matters. - Ibid.
Catholic faithful are taught that respect for God's name is respect for God Himself:
2144 Respect for his name is an expression of the respect owed to the mystery of God himself and to the whole sacred reality it evokes. The sense of the sacred is part of the virtue of religion:
Are these feelings of fear and awe Christian feelings or not? . . . I say this, then, which I think no one can reasonably dispute. They are the class of feelings we should have - yes, have to an intense degree - if we literally had the sight of Almighty God; therefore they are the class of feelings which we shall have, if we realize His presence. In proportion as we believe that He is present, we shall have them; and not to have them, is not to realize, not to believe that He is present.--Ibid.
The Lord's name is holy. Not only does the Bible teach this, but also the Roman Catechism:
2161 The second commandment enjoins respect for the Lord's name. The name of the Lord is holy. Ibid.
Please notice, the teaching concerns the name of the Lord God. Nowhere does it state that the name of Joe Doaks, or Ron Loeffler, or anyone else is holy. I seriously doubt that the Roman Church would consider it a mortal sin were someone to disrespect the name of Michael Jackson. No! It is the name of the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that is to be rendered such great respect. It is the very name of God. Not surprisingly, the Roman Church has supplied what was left out of the words the Lord God Almighty wrote with His own hand and, in so doing, has advanced the names of dead Mary and the ghosts of Catholic saints to be on a par with the names of the Persons of the Trinity. Don't believe me? Read these words from the Catechism:
2145 The second commandment forbids the abuse of God's name, i.e., every improper use of the names of God, Jesus Christ, but also of the Virgin Mary and all the saints
Wait a minute!!! The OFFICIAL teaching of the Roman Catholic Church is that improper use of the names of Mary and the rest of the dead saints constitutes a violation of the Commandment against using the NAME OF GOD in vain? Moving a little down this line of reasoning, are the Catholic faithful to consider the names of Mary and all the other canonized dead people to be as holy as the name of God? Or are they to consider the names of Mary and all the other canonized dead people to be the names of GOD? Or are those people considered by the Catholic Church to also be GOD? Has the Roman church gotten ahead of herself in her blatant efforts to elevate Mary to the place of Christ and herself to the role of the Holy Spirit?
Maybe it is a typo. Nope, for in another paragraph we read:
2162 The second commandment forbids every improper use of God's name. Blasphemy is the use of the name of God, of Jesus Christ, of the Virgin Mary, and of the saints in an offensive way.
There!!! They did it again. They placed the names of Mary and all those canonized dead people on the same level as the names of God and Christ. Is it unreasonable to suspect that, if the names are to be given the same respect as the names of God, then the ghosts of those dead people are also to be rendered the same respect as the Lord God Himself?
Aren't we talking blasphemy here?
What does the Bible say?
And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.--Exodus 20:1-7
Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save. Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.--Isaiah 45:20-23
You who are in bondage to Rome, I beg you to read the blasphemous words of your pagan church and compare them with the Word of God. Repent! Break away from the Roman juggernaut while there yet is time. Reach out to Christ, the one true Redeemer
Pray to God, as Jesus taught, not to Mary as Rome teaches.