My favorite coffee is a dark roast and I spend a lot of my writing at Starbucks. When I’m at home I use a Starbucks dark roast and the drip method, making one cup at a time. It’s slow but worth it. Coffee is extremely good this morning! How do you have yours? Mine’s black!
My First Thoughts This Morning
A thought crossed my mind while sipping on my first cup. I always thought that all of our sins were forgiven because of Jesus’ death on the cross. But, what about the one sin, the unpardonable one, that Jesus says is so heinous that God will automatically give you a one-way ticket to hell? Any guesses as to what that sin might be?
God’s Unpardonable Sin
Adulterers and serial killers are on God’s Top Ten No-No list but those sins are forgiven by the cross. Thieves, rapists, and pedophiles are exonerated. The Unpardonable Sin is found in three of the four Gospels, Luke 12:10, Mark 3:29, and Matthew 12:31-32 and basically says that if you blaspheme against the Holy Spirit, you will not be forgiven. And Matthew adds, “neither in this world, neither in the world to come.”
What is Blasphemy?
Wow! So, what is blasphemy you might ask? According to Merriam-Webster, “to speak in a way that shows irreverence for God or something sacred.” If you keep up with the news, you’ll see that if you make fun of a religion, like offensive cartoons, wearing clothing that offends a religion, or insulting someone’s religion, that’s considered blasphemy and in some countries, will get you a ticket to prison.
Our Planet Still Subscribes to Blasphemy!
You may believe that blasphemy laws are ancient and just part of history. But several countries today have laws against blasphemy. According to a 2014 report by the Pew Research Center, about 26 percent of the countries around the world legally criminalize blasphemy. Egypt sentenced a woman in January 2016 to three years in prison for blasphemy. Three men in Burma wanted to advertise their new bar by displaying an ad with Buddha wearing headphones. They were convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to two and a half years in prison. Even though Buddhism has no God to blaspheme, they were convicted anyway.
Our Constitution versus Blasphemy Laws
There are still a few states in the United States that have laws against blasphemy. I question why these laws are still on the books because freedom of speech is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. What are your thoughts?
I Have Blasphemed For Sure!
As a Christian, I’m pretty sure that I blasphemed God when my three-year-old son suffered and died. My ticket to that eternal fiery pit is in my back pocket and my name has been erased from God’s book I’m sure. Jesus died on the cross for sure for the forgiveness of pardonable sins. Some Christian Apologists say that Jesus died for ALL of our sins including the “unpardonable” sin. There’s a lot of speculation and many theories. How does man know for sure what God thinks? Do you know for sure? Really? How’s your Greek?
Oh well. If you want to be safe with God, don’t criticize or question anyone’s religion. I’m only sure about two things at this moment. My coffee is just fantastic this morning and I will certainly die one day! Memento mori! (Google it!)