Our increasingly secular world – or should I say “our thoroughly secular world” – has lost the concept, and the understanding, about sin. It is also increasingly omitted from homilies and pulpits throughout the United States. Sin isn’t in fashion these days, and so it is treated as though it were some sort of fashion – old fashion, that is; and therefore unacceptable and non-PC in the every day. But sin does exist. And sin has so permeated this world that men are blind to its presence. It is seen as normal, even desirable. But it is something that needs to brought back into the mainstream of discussion. For, how can sin be avoided if we do not see it or hear it spoken of in daily life?
In this article presented, the concept of the unforgivable sin is brought to the fore. It was something of which Jesus spoke throughout his ministry. And it is imperative that all Christians, and all good people, consider its consequence.
October 20, 2012 ·
It’s very strange to hear Jesus, particularly in Luke’s Gospel, speak about an unforgivable sin. The portrait Luke paints of Jesus is of a man whose arms are constantly open to sinners, who seemingly is incapable of refusing forgiveness to sinners. Yet there it is. Jesus in Luke speaks of the unforgivable sin, as he does also in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew.
It’s Mark and Matthew who give the context in which Jesus made this statement. The Pharisees had just claimed that Jesus was possessed by Beelzebul and that he drove out demons by the power of the prince of demons.
The Pharisees had looked at Jesus working miracles and driving demons out of people possessed. What they saw was Jesus possessed by Beelzebul, driving demons out of people possessed by the power of the prince of demons. They looked at Jesus and saw Satan; they witnessed the obviously God-sanctioned works of Jesus and saw Satan at work. They blinded themselves to the goodness and truth in Jesus. They could no longer discern between evil and sin when confronted by them. Since they could no longer see sin as sin, they no longer saw the need for repentance. They were mired permanently in their sin. They had made themselves impermeable to the grace of the Spirit.
We also face this danger. Sin must be recognized as sin, evil as evil, truth and goodness as truth and goodness. If we get in the habit of not seeing sin where there is sin, we will lose our ability to discern good and evil. Though culpable, we will be incapable of repentance. We will have blinded ourselves.
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