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“The Unpardonable Sin—to blaspheme: to speak irreverently and with disrespect, disdain . . . to be impolite, flippant or show contempt for the Holy Spirit of God and Jesus.”
Perhaps you ‘ave heard a feller or lass say sumpin’ like this:
“Scripture was not dictated by God but rather written by men seeking to express what they believed was God’s will. They were writing in a given time and culture, and they were writing to address the needs of the people of their time. While they generally wrote under the prompting of the Spirit, this does not mean that every word of scripture was chosen by God or equally inspired by God.”
Blaspheme: to Speak Irreverently and the Unpardonable Sin
If you ‘ave heard such talk and believe the Bible ter be a compilation of writings by men based on thar best guess of what Skipper wished ter say, consider these words from the Son regarding The Unpardonable Sin
“I cast out demons by the Spirit of God.” — Jesus (Matthew 12:28)
“I cast out demons by the finger of God.” — Jesus (Luke 11:20)
Thar be a subtle shift in accounts between Matthew and Luke. In one the Son declares his power comes from the finger of God. In ah tudder, the Son’s power comes from the Spirit of God.
Give Credit Whar Credit Be Due
Accordingly if the Spirit of God and finger of God be the same, then ter give credit ter men as the authors of Scripture be ter accuse the Holy Spirit of plagiarizing the works of men, fer we also read:
When He had finished speaking with him upon Mount Sinai, He gave Moses the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written by the FINGER OF GOD. (Exodus 31:18)
The LORD gave me the two tablets of stone written by the FINGER OF GOD; and on them were all the words which the LORD had spoken with you at the mountain from the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly. (Deuteronomy 9:10)
All Scripture is God-breathed (Spirit filled). (2 Timothy 3:16)
Jesus affirms the authorship of Scripture on the road to Emmaus.
Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, Jesus explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. (Luke 24:27)
Peter affirms the Holy Spirit as the author of Scripture.
Prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:21)
The angel spoke at length to Moses on Mount Sinai, and he received living words to pass on to you. (Acts 7:38)
Those in the early church affirmed the Holy Spirit as the author of Scripture.
You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David. (Acts 4:25)
Consider This Warning From Jesus
“Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” — Jesus (Mark 3:29)
Men, as scribes, may ‘ave written down what the finger of God, Spirit of God spake. However ter assign credit ter a scribe, editor, or proofreader as the author and source of the Holy Spirit’s work seems ter be nothing short of grand theft. Far be it from us ter steal the work of the Holy Spirit and claim it as our own.
Rather, let us act in love with grace towards all who don’ ‘ave the revelation of the Son we enjoy. Ne’er ferget that we also once walked in darkness.