Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit
Hey Mark! Thanks for always being there to throw down some awesome Bible knowledge! I hopefully speak for a lot of people on the Internet today, but what do the Catholics believe about what Bible says about "Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit". I figured that It was denying the Holy Trinities existance and healing power at time of death? I know there has been some real controversy on YouTube about all this and I hope you can shed some light on this issue.
I was so hoping someone would ask this question.
In light of the recent ignorance being spread around YouTube with people being challenged to "blaspheme against the Holy Spirit", I think it’s time we explain just what that Scripture verse really means, and what effects such an action will (and will not) have on people…
The Scripture verse that everyone is trying to quote and "challenge" comes from Jesus, via synoptic gospels (Matthew 12:32, Mark 3:29 and Luke 12:10), it reads:
"And every one who speaks a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven." - Luke 12:10
What is simultaneously very funny and very sad is that so many people are mindlessly jumping on board in an effort to "test God"…but others have tested God before, so this is nothing new. Antics like this on YouTube aren’t daring and don’t exhibit freedom. Actually, they show a real lack of freedom and a surrender to popular opinion, trendyness and peer pressure.
There’s one problem…God is bigger than a stupid video. To Christians everywhere, regardless of denominational differences, I say – stand up! The Gospel can never be sacrificed on altars of public opinion or peer pressure.
What these various people (who are trying to test and dare God) are surrendering to isn’t even the sin that this Scripture verse is talking about. So, put simply, people aren’t even accomplishing what they are setting out to accomplish, though if they are not careful, they’re going to do something far worse…alienate themselves from God.
Basically, the unforgivable sin against the Holy Spirit is the refusal to accept the mercy and love of God.
Get it? It means that the only sin you won’t be forgiven for is the sin you don’t ask forgiveness for or accept God’s forgiveness for. If your heart is so hardened or if you think of yourself as so much more than God that you "can't" bring yourself to ask for or accept His mercy, than the Holy Spirit – a spirit of forgiveness and love – is being rejected or "blasphemed".
This recent surge of idiocy on YouTube is sad, in that so many people must be really hurting and really angry to take their frustrations out on God, Scripture and Christianity like they are.
My response is to pray for them, because just as Jesus said, "they know not what they do" (Lk. 23:34). And also as our Lord said, it’d be better for them "to have a stone tied around their necks and be thrown into the sea" than to lead others to sin (Lk. 17:2).
The Holy Spirit is love. The Holy Spirit is power. The Holy Spirit is peace.
The Holy Spirit will illuminate your sin and will reveal the hidden excellence that resides deep within you, if you let Him. The Holy Spirit is the soul of your soul, and you’ll never be all you were designed and created to be, without the Spirit’s guidance and God’s mercy in your life.
Pray – pray hard – that all of us can be humble enough to fall on our knees before God and beg for mercy, not so proud that we reject such a beautiful and necessary gift.
Remember, God loves you even more than you love yourself.
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