Monicks: Unleashed

Thinking Critically


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.

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Shit Christians Say to Atheists — Let us reply.

I started a thread on Google Plus about a video “Shit Christians Say to Atheists“, which is fun to watch but, in my opinion, is in no way complete, and somewhat pointless without recommended good solid responses, so I’ve linked the ones I have kinda responded to in previous posts and tweets, and added the first responses I’ve gotten. To be honest, some of them don’t even deserve a reply.

Fell free to add your own idiotic thing theists say to atheists if not listed, and contribute with a response in the comments if you feel so inclined.

So here we go:

      • “You will burn in Hell!”

    • “Evolution is only a theory” 

    • “But you say ‘Oh my God’! Somehow you must believe.”
    • “Wait! You’re an atheist? But you’re so nice!”
    • “Then, you believe in Satan?”
    • “It takes faith to be an atheist!”
    • “How can you stand life, without having the glory of god in your heart?” Answer: “I rather enjoy not devoting my life to praising something that lets me do all the work.” — G. Michael Williams
    • “Your life must be bleak and meaningless.”
    • “Something terrible must have happened in your life to turn you away from god.” Or its variation “Why do you hate god so much?”

  • “You were never a true believer.”
  • “Why are you so angry at god? God loves you!”
  • “Why do you hate God so much?”
  • “You’re just going through a phase.”
  • “Deep down, you really believe.”
  • “I don’t know about all that science stuff, I just know Jesus loves me and you too, if you’ll let him. It says so in the Bible.”
  • “Just wait till you have children of your own.”
  • “The bible is not meant to be taken literally.”
  • “Have you ever read the Bible?” Reply: Which one, the Catholic one, the Protestant one, the King James, the Vulgata? Most of the times leads to their protesting that theirs is the right one. — Harry Weseman
  • “What stops you from going on a raping and killing spree!?” 
  • “So why do you even bother to live?”
  • “If you don’t believe in god, who do you pray to?”
  • “You still believe in Jesus, though, right?”
  • “So you think you’re better than god?”
  • “You just think you’re an atheist.”
  • “Every knee shall bow. Every knee shall bow.” meanwhile I’m thinking “
  • “Once you understand the world better, you’ll believe, I’ll pray for you.”
  • “Why do you spend so much time arguing about something you don’t believe exists.”
  • “Just pray and Jesus will save you!”
    “I’m beyond saving.”
    “Everyone can be saved!”
    “I’ve committed the unforgivable sin.” Confusion on their face. “I’ve denied the Holy Spirit, look it up.” — G. Michael Williams

Thanks to my Plussies who played along: Jay CampbellBrad SnowderTK MonastyrskiG Gryme JrMark A. SucharzewskiBeto Mendez, David MitchellG. Michael Williams who shared the video that started this, and Harry Weseman who suggested this list should be posted with recommended replies, for everyone to shudder, laugh, and facefalm enjoy.

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