Blasphemy against the Spirit

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‘Let anyone blaspheme against the Holy Spirit and he will never have forgiveness: he is guilty of an eternal sin.’ This was because they were saying, ‘An unclean spirit is in him.’”

Mk 3:29-30

According to my Bible commentary, to “blaspheme the Holy Spirit” is to “attribute to a bad spirit a work that is manifestly good”, just like how the Pharisees attributed Jesus’ good works to that of Satan.

In this modern age, it can be difficult to notice and recognize the works of the Spirit, especially when things don’t go our way or according to our fixed mindset and expectations of what ‘ought to be’. Instead, we can often attribute these situations to ‘bad things’ or works of the evil one.

When a kid does poorly in school, we can attribute it to laziness or not pushing hard enough, instead of recognizing the good work his ‘poor result’ does in helping him identify his limitations and point him to other areas of strength where he can better excel in.

When we don’t get what we want in life, we can attribute it to not praying hard enough, or blame God for not answering our prayers, instead of recognizing the good work God is doing in preparing us for something better that He wants to give us.

When we meet with crisis in life, we can attribute it to spiritual attacks or being punished for our sins, instead of recognizing the good work God is doing through the crisis and helping us grow in resilience, trust, faith etc.

When I take a break from seminary, people can attribute it to temptations of the evil one, or a failure on my part or the seminary, instead of recognizing the good work God is doing in helping me discover more about myself and my personal vocation.

Let us not be too quick to judge and jump to negative conclusions when things don’t go our way. Let’s learn to notice and recognize the good works God is doing, even when it’s not within our limited understanding and perception. For His ways are not ours, His thoughts not ours.

And when we ‘blaspheme’, we not only hurt the Spirit, we hurt others as well.

Originally posted on Instagram.

Nicholas Lye

Nicholas Lye

Nicholas Lye is a Singaporean currently on a year's sabbatical from the seminary, discerning his path in life and striving to facilitate encounters with God in the workplace and ordinary life.

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    Nicholas, a year sabbatical from the seminary, discerning your path in life and striving to facilitate encounters with God in the workplace and ordinary life. God Bless you for entering the Seminary and seeing this path. It may or may not lead back to the Seminary. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches at 313, quoting St. Thomas Moore that, “Nothing can come but that that God wills. And I make me very sure that whatsoever that be, seem it never so bad in sight, it indeed shall be best.” And at 314, Only at the end, when our partial knowledge ceases, when we see God “face to face” will we fully know the ways by which God guided His creation to that definitive rest”
    Maybe God wants you to spend some time encouraging all ministers of all faiths to publicly unite and publicly encourage all to seek the graces needed to acquire all the essential attributes of a truly living faith. The attributes that God uses to determine if our faith is alive, or dying, or even dead. Should not all ministers agree with that?

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