A quick thought on Mark 3:28-29 — The unforgivable
Inquiries are wonderful things because they make us think, and I mean really think; I get quite a few, fortunately. This is the most recent one. Let’s review Mark 3:28-29.
28 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin. Mark 3:28-29 (NIV)
See, I’m not going to start The Olympics on mental gymnastics, let’s leave that to the apologists and universalists. Because what (allegedly) Paul wrote in Romans 10:9-10 (NIV) “…if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”, is meaningless by (allegedly) Jesus’ standards, according to Mark 3:28-29.
The construct of the holy spirit is the single most unbelievable entity of the tenets of Christianity so, as a way to prevent people from thinking about it and finding it indigestible (and thus be eternally, inevitably, and irrevocably condemned to the screams, the weeping, the wailing, the gnashing of teeth, and so on), the authors and editors of the Book of Mark made of this bit the only unforgivable sin. Fear is a powerful thing. Were you, dear reader, a believer at some point in your life? Do you remember ever trying to avoid thinking about the holy spirit? Just once? Or, do you still believe and are terrified that you could end up in hell only for reading these lines? I totally understand that, as a kid, I experienced that fear.
You are not supposed to try to make sense of the holy spirit, you won’t be able to do that anyway, and if you doubt it just once, you are doomed for all eternity, there is no going back.
But, wait a minute! Isn’t the holy spirit one with god, and one with Jesus? So blaspheming about one is the same as blaspheming about the others. Should be, logically; but nobody expects the bible to be logical, that’s why believers need apologetics to make it work for them, so to speak.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding,” is really what they need from you, Proverbs 3:5 is code for: “don’t think, your cognitive dissonance is bad for us in charge.” You know — paraphrasing.
You think differently? Let us know in the comments.