Wednesday, March 14, 2007

So...there is a group who desire to be blasphemers of the Holy Spirit?

"...Recently they came up with a new way to publicize their cause. It is called the Blasphemy Challenge.

'Initially we wanted to find a way to allow atheists to come out of the closet, speak up and show other people that there are people that think like this,' Brian says.

What they did was challenge people to make videos of themselves, denying, denouncing or blaspheming the Holy Spirit, and then post them on YouTube.

'We Are Not Scared of This Unforgiveable Sin'

'We wanted to do it in such a way where we stripped the power from religious institutions that instill fear in people,' says Brian. 'And we did that by blaspheming the Holy Spirit, by showing that we are not scared of this unforgiveable sin.'

The irony of their position is that it is actually scripturally impossible for an avowed atheist to commit the 'unpardonable sin'! What they are doing, denying that there is a God, or a Holy Spirit, or Jesus, etc, is not even remotely close to what Jesus calls 'unpardonable'.

In both Mark three and Matthew 12, what Jesus calls 'unpardonable' is when the religious leaders were attributing to the power of Satan what the Holy Spirit was doing...and they were doing so with full knowledge that it was in fact the HS at work. Nicodemus, a leader of the Pharisees, tells Jesus in John 3 that, "Rabbi, we all know you're a teacher straight from God. No one could do all the God-pointing, God-revealing acts you do if God weren't in on it." (The Message) When he says, "we all know", he is speaking of the Pharisees, so they knew Jesus was from God and worked by the power of God. They made a conscious, deliberate choice to oppose what they knew that God was working. And, they chose to attribute to Satan what God was doing. They made a fully informed choice to fight against what they knew was God working through Jesus. That is what Jesus said was 'unpardonable'. Only someone who firmly believes in the Holy Spirit, recognizes the working of the Holy Spirit, and makes a choice to fight against the Holy Spirit is culpable. An atheist could never do such a thing!

For this group to deny the existence of God places them totally outside the realm of what Jesus was dealing with. To attempt to deny the existence of the Holy Spirit, etc. is not unpardonable...sad...but not unpardonable.

Their confused website

A tip of the hat to LS of the Desperate Preacher Site for the lead to the article!

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