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YOUR FACEBOOK says a lot About You, Your Position of Faith, and Your heart to Blaspheme the Spirit

Nov 23rd, 2013 by Dr. Edward L. Hall

There are so many Christians on FACEBOOK, who think or feel that they are doing a great justice in the name of Jesus by citing and displaying certain information on their FACEBOOK page.

Jesus made a profound dialogue in his day that is relevant even in our day. He says, "43For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; 44 for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. 45 The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks (Luke 6:43-45).”

            This subsection of Luke 6:43–45, teaches the basic principle that people of bad character cannot produce good deeds or words, and in its context stresses the need for the believers to RID THEMSELVES OF THE 2 X 4S in their own eyes before they can live lives of outward goodness. The same sayings are found in two places in MATTHEW 7:15–20 AND 12:33–35. These words of Jesus have been inserted in MATTHEW 12 in the context of the sin of speaking blasphemously against the Holy Spirit, and they indicate that such evil speaking arises from an evil heart. The teaching is here addressed to the Pharisees and serves as a warning to them as well as to us.

            As Christians citing things on FACEBOOK and commending on FACEBOOK can jeopardize one's relationship with Jesus Christ when something is posted that is not scripturally right.  It can be called BLASPHEMING AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT. What you say flows from what is in your heart." Jesus spoke these words in Luke 6:45 in reference to good and evil.  I witness so many Christians saying things on FACEBOOK that is not contextually right. What we say gets documented on social media, and a current study was examined  by a group of researchers, authors, and writiers that studied the personality, gender, age in the language of social media at www.PLOS.org that mentions whether our updates on FACEBOOK actually flow from our hearts enough to give a sense of our emotional stability about our life. They did a great study.

            As a psychology major and minister of the gospel, I also read about the research that The University of Pennsylvania collected using questionnaires and Facebook status updates from about 70,000 or more people to find out how the language we utilize on FACEBOOK reflects who we are and whether that language can be used to diagnose age, gender, and personality. What was interesting is not only could these researchers which are mentioned at www.sciencedaily.com PREDICT a participant's gender based on FACEBOOK updates with 92 percent accuracy, they also could measure emotional stability or soundness, and neuroticism (any defensive behaviors that are used for anxiety; the behavior that impair the person's functioning). Their research was very impressive to me. As a minister, how does this relate to us as Christians?

            Saints possessed of God, just be careful that you don’t lose something in your Father, which is in Heaven. He will judge us by every idle word we write or type on FACEBOOK. Matthew 12:36 states, “every idle word that man shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Also, in Titus 2:3-5 God says, the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things—that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.”

Comments

Margarette Clark posted on Dec 2nd, 2013
Thank you for this blog Dr. Hall. We as Christians are temples of God and we must remember that everything we do, say and type reflects who we serve.

Bryant Hall posted on Nov 30th, 2013
You are 100% right. We have to be careful of what we stand for or what we don't stand for, especially when we are leading these conversations. Thanks for the GREAT POST!