7 comments on “Very Strange

  1. Hi Don Merritt,

    This is the first time I read your post and to be honest, I’m really impressed by the revelations you got from God there!

    I really love how Jesus answered those trap questions from the teachers of the law.

    However, there’s something that boggles my mind here. In Mark 3:22, you’ve somewhat mentioned that those mockers are blaspheming the Holy Spirit when they said this. The answer may be obvious but does that mean the Holy Spirit was already at work even Jesus was still in earth?

    Also, the way I understand it is that the teachers are mocking Jesus’ power source. So it means mocking or belittling Jesus’ powers is a form of blasphemy on the Holy Spirit as well, isn’t it?

    Appreciate your response.

    God bless always.

    ~ Warjie

    • Hi Warjie!

      You ask two great questions:

      “However, there’s something that boggles my mind here. In Mark 3:22, you’ve somewhat mentioned that those mockers are blaspheming the Holy Spirit when they said this. The answer may be obvious but does that mean the Holy Spirit was already at work even Jesus was still in earth?”

      I’d love to take credit for that kind of insight, but it was I who said that, it was Jesus who said very directly in 3:29:

      ” but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.””

      So, yes, the Holy Spirit was active in Jesus’ day, but then the Holy Spirit has always been there, and was first mentioned in Genesis 1:1.

      “Also, the way I understand it is that the teachers are mocking Jesus’ power source. So it means mocking or belittling Jesus’ powers is a form of blasphemy on the Holy Spirit as well, isn’t it?”

      Father, Son and Spirit are One. I think it is safe to assert that it is entirely consistent with Scripture to say that to mock or belittle one is to mock or belittle ALL.

      I hope that helps Warjie, thanks for asking!@

      Don

      • Thanks Don! Follow up question: So if someone (who doesn’t believe in Jesus yet) blasphemes Jesus/Father/Holy Spirit, does that mean he cannot be saved anymore OR he can be saved but not be forgiven?

        Obviously, grace will come to this scene but I just want to know your thoughts on this.

        • Well Warjie, the answer to your questions is really quite simple: Neither.

          Go back and look at the verses; to whom is Jesus speaking, to whom is Jesus giving this warning? He was speaking to the people who were entrusted with the very Word of God, the teachers of the law. They were not ignorant of what they were speaking of, they were not “innocents” by any standard; they knew what they were doing and they knew what they were talking about, and they deliberately misrepresented the situation to maintain their own status in the community.

          Jesus did not deliver this warning to the people who did not hold such positions of respect and authority, for they did not have such knowledge.

          Those of whom you speak are not the equivalent to the teachers of the law, nor are they in a covenant relationship with God already; they are incapable of knowingly blaspheming the Holy Spirit; in most cases, they wouldn’t understand the term. Thus, this injunction wouldn’t apply to them for they are not able to knowingly commit such an act. That is where grace comes into this picture…

  2. Truly enjoyed your piece and the conversation that followed; I was sorry it ended. You enlightened me and I agree with you. Earlier this week, I tried to explain to a young Christian blogger who is struggling with his faith. I posited that the authors of the Bible did not have the knowledge of science and the universe that we have, that they were “ignorant.” Were they lying about creation? No. Is the Bible the Word of God? Yes. Does science wipe out the truth of scripture? Not at all. The authors of the Bible wrote what had been revealed to them and one thing I like about the Episcopal way of looking at knowledge of the divine is that God reveals Himself to each person as that person is capable of understanding Him. Because of that, we are not in a position to judge, much less condemn, others for their beliefs…their understandings; Enlighten them, possibly. Be kind and attempt to reveal truth as you understand it, possibly. But there is still a lot we don’t know about God. And as we learn more about the universe and science, the more we know about God.

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