Tuesday, May 8, 2012
“What Is Blasphemy Against The Holy Spirit?” “I realize you have been avoiding this question."
First and foremost, I don’t avoid questions. I hear that all the time, so this time is not the first. Theological question are more difficult to answer than secular ones. More so, if I have already answered a question, I do not like coming back to it. Methought I had answered such a question on my blog. Notwithstanding, rather than waste hours trying to search on my blog where I answered it, I have decided to write another one. So here we go. If you are a pastor, church leader or church goer, I am sure you must have heard one or two people ask you what is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. The word “blasphemy” comes from a Greek word blasphçmia meaning vilification: speaking against God or attributing the things of God to the devil.
By refusing a known fact about God or Jesus is refuting the existence of that fact and thus constituting blasphemy. When any one rejects the suffering of Christ (Is 53:3-6; 2 Cor 1:5-7; 15:3; Heb 2:10 5:8; 9:28; I Pet 1:11; 2:24-25; 4:13; 5:1 ), they are blaspheming against God. In other words they are saying the Bible is telling lies and thus, God is a liar. The Bible talks more about the suffering of Christ than the joy of the Master. To negate the existence of his suffering through which we are redeemed means that we are not acknowledging the source of our salvation as such will definitely die in our sins. That is the reason why blaspheming against the Holy Spirit is unpardonable.
Knowingly, blasphemy is when you refute the things of God simply because you have selected a wrong way and want to pursue it to your grave. Unknowing blasphemy is when you contest certain things simply because you did not know. Like some Muslims say Jesus did not die on the cross. That is because they have no knowledge He did since the Koran teaches them differently.
Yet, just as there was a sacrifice for the sin of ignorance, it means that, sin by omission is still punishable. If the punishment is eternal death, so shall it be. So far again the Bible says “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). So we have to reconcile these two statements. That will mean that if you are worrying about the outcome of your sin, if you are on the right track or not despite refuting certain things of God, it shows you have not rejected Jesus. It means you are merely in doubt. The day you believe, it will be regarded as the days of ignorance.
Consequently, all your sins will be wiped away. But if you reject it and do not seek to redress your life by believing in Christ, it shows you have selected the unpardonable sin whereby you will never seek for the remissions of your sins which will provoke imputation of Christ’s righteousness on you.
Until then, beware of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
St Arrey of Ntenako.
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