Sacred or Profane?

Posted in Religion by chamblee54 on May 9, 2008

There is a Jesus Worship blog called Pyromaniacs, which is facilitated by Phil Johnson. Chamblee54 is banned from commenting there.
In a recent comment thread, Mr. Johnson made the following statement:

“We don’t delete anyone merely for disagreeing with us, even if they are insulting. The only comments we have ever deleted on a large scale (“dozens of times”) are those that are deliberately profane or smutty.”
In the times that I commented at Pyro, I did not cuss. While I was sometimes disagreeable, deliberately smutty is not my style. I wrote Mr. Johnson to mention this. I then received this message:“Look up the definition of profane, I think you’ll see you often qualified. However I don’t remember deleting any of your posts―certainly you weren’t deleted on any wide scale.”

I had always thought of profane as a precursor of profanity. Upon consultation of a dictionary, I learned that it is also a synonym for secular…that is, something that is not holy. I recalled hearing the phrase the sacred and the profane.
Which leads to the next part of our discussion…were my comments at Pyromaniacs profane?
Here is a list of the times I appeared there. If you have something better to do than look at these, I totally understand. The pictures are always there to look at.
The thread I have chosen to comment on tonight involves preaching at funerals. For many non Jesus Worshipers, a funeral is the closest we get to a church service. To many of us, preaching is offensive. I have heard about Jesus all my life, and made the painful decision that I did not agree with that way of thinking. To force a grieving person who is alienated from Jesus to listen to a pitch for “salvation” is a grotesque act of disrespect. It creates ill will for Jesus and is a violation of the third commandment.
“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”
This was the message that I presented in this comment thread. I was the only person to feel this way. At least one other person made the incredible statement that a funeral presentation was the first time a person had heard about Jesus. ( How could anyone in our Jesus mad culture not have heard about Jesus?)
Is the presentation of the Jesus message at a funeral sacred or profane? I know how I feel.
And no, confane is not the opposite of profane. It is a nonsense word.

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