Mark Has Some Good News, Part 13, What You Don't Say To A Bull While Holding A Hamburger
Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit
22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and "by the prince of demons he casts out the demons." 23 And he called them to him and said to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. 27 But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.
28 "Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin"— 30 for they were saying, "He has an unclean spirit."
I fear for those who are nonchalant with phrases like "Satanism is the only faith that accepts everyone." Or, "At least I'll be able to do what I want in hell". It's the belief of the follower of Satan that personal best is best. That when I'm in charge things are good.
And it's selfish.
So it's no surprise that Jesus finally meets up with the scribes. These were contemporary commentaries of the scriptures, with one bad difference. They had a tendency to stress their point of view as equal to scripture. Which gets you into trouble cause you push too far.
It's unpopular, but the same Loving father we have is a just father. And he has drawn lines you cannot cross and come back over. And it makes me shudder to think of the fool hardy things people say to and about God.
The plain truth we see acted out here is Jesus is the only solution to evil, wrong and death. And that when you finally abandon all faith in Jesus and give your heart fully to false gods you make an eternal decision.
I try to stress this with the youth I work with that God is not bound time. But we are. I can't describe how we exist in time dealing with the mystery of the future and God works through time knowing the future in its entirety. But Jesus makes one thing clear here. This time is the only chance your get and no matter which team you pick God keeps score. God takes your words, thoughts and deeds seriously and will seriously send you to hell if you ask for it.
Skeptics would ask me if I knew those scribes were hell bound for sure. And I would respond with verses 29 and 30. Jesus says it so I don't have to take the place of judge that he righteously owns.
I could get into the topics of hell and eternal security in this post but I think I'll save that for the book coming up.
So let's just drive it home with a single point.
God knows you past present and future. And he takes you seriously.
Choose wisely what you say or do.