Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Unforgivable Sin

Today's Reading: Genesis 43-45 and Matthew 12:24-50

WARNING: The video below is one of the most disturbing clips I could ever post. No, it doesn't contain gore or sex. It contains something far worse: an individual challenging people to blaspheme the Holy Spirit.

This blog's Artist Bible Plan is meant to celebrate the ways Scripture has inspired media. It's odd to share a video that goes against Christianity, yet perhaps this will inspire us to keep getting out there to share grace-filled truth.

The person who made this blasphemy challenge was responding to Matthew 12:31 and Mark 3:29, which state that the only unforgivable sin is to blaspheme the Holy Spirit.

By the way, I believe to 'blaspheme the Holy Spirit' you have to understand who the Holy Spirit is, and knowingly turn your back on Him. I had a friend who grew up a Satanist, with a Book of Satan on his bookshelf and an intense hatred for all organized religion. Then, one day, he met a Christian who didn't fit into his box, and he heard the Gospel message for what was essentially the first time in his life. He became a Christian.

I share that to highlight the fact that our faith, or our lack of faith, is not some misguided incantation of words. There are kids taking the 'blasphemy challenge' who don't understand what they're claiming to reject. Instead, the substance of our faith depends on how we've responded to God's Revealed Self. When we look at Creation, do we believe there is a Creator? When we hear about Jesus, do we yearn to have personal experience with a Savior like that? When we experience the Holy Spirit, do we turn our back on Him?

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