Have you ever wondered whether you might have committed the Unforgivable Sin?
What is so special about this sin, anyway—and why is it unforgivable? People in all centuries have pondered about it, and all the time the details have been staring us in the face.
In St Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 12, starting at verse 31, Jesus says: “Every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven; but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.”
Two things to remember: 1) The need for repetition and 2) We must never attribute evil to God.
First, remember we all have talents and gifts which we can lose if we fail to make use of them.
The phrase “Use or Lose” is true of so many things.
A woman may be good at cooking, but if she neglects to keep using this ability, she may lose it.
A man may have good muscles in his body, but if he neglects to use them, he eventually loses them.
A person at school may develop some knowledge of French or Latin, but that knowledge disappears if it is not used.
There was a time when I could understand and use the Welsh tongue, but that ability gradually left me when I moved away from the Welsh countryside.
One of the greatest gifts we are given is our knowledge of God, but this knowledge can also be lost if it is not used properly.
Jesus taught the Scribes and the Pharisees that God is kind and loving; and that He is the source of healing and good health.
When the Scribes described Jesus as a source of evil, Jesus saw they could not repent because they’d lost the ability to do so.
Here in New Zealand some years ago there were so-called “Christians” who said that people who suffered from a disease called Aids did so because God must be punishing them.
To me, this seemed exactly like the sin of the Scribes and Pharisees: attributing evil to God. The Bible says, over and over: “God is love” and “In Him there is no darkness at all.”
Years ago there was a saying which had considerable merit: “If you are worried and concerned that you might have committed the Unforgivable Sin, it is probably a good indication that you haven’t.”