What would happen if you ripped up a Bible? You may think that is an odd question, but I have serious reasoning behind it. Recently a demonic group the Satanic Temple held their annual convention called SatanCon. Last year it was held in my home city of Scottsdale, Arizona. This year, the motley band of devil worshippers went to a more liberal place, Boston, MA. As part of their satanic psychodrama, they made a big deal about one of their members on stage ripping up a Bible to the cheers of the crowds. What happened next? Nothing, as far as we know. No thunder bolts from heaven. No, screaming in agony as the person who did it went straight to Hell.
So, what would happen if you ripped up a Bible? Actually, I have known people who did just that when they were involved in satanic cults. Some did worse things than rip up a Bible, stuff that I can’t talk about in public. Let’s put this act of Bible desecration in perspective. Jesus is the living Word of God. The written word of God expresses the will of God and reveals the person of Christ. But a physical Bible is just leather and paper. It’s a book. Ripping up a Bible means nothing, except for the intent of the person doing it. If you’ve done such a thing, it is a horrible act of blasphemy. But let me assure you it’s not an unpardonable sin. You won’t be damned forever if you damage a religious object.
The real issue is knowing what inside you compelled such an egregious action. God’s grace and mercy is extended to any act of blasphemy and sacrilege if the miscreant repents. The worst of your deeds can be forgiven by the blood of Christ. This also applies to the person at SatanCon who ripped scripture. To that person I want to say, God is more powerful and more merciful than the anger you vented toward him. Your problem is not a tangible book. What you need to worry about is someday facing the judgment of Christ who is the living world. Second Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” Ripping up a Bible make Satanists happy, but it doesn’t deny Christ’s divinity or the love He expressed on the cross.