Monday, February 8, 2021

Blasphemy Against the Unholy Spirit

 

Matthew 12: 31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

A look at the executive orders signed by Biden reveals the blasphemies against the unholy spirit that have overtaken Trump supporters.  For example, his orders include items in favor of:

-          immigration

-          abortion

-          expanding what was already supposedly universal healthcare

-          climate change and return to the Paris Accord

-          further centralization of science and technology

-          more fair housing

-          transgender “rights”

-          more covid restrictions

-          more vaccinations

-          increased covid testing

-          more mask wearing

-          increased minimum wage

-          returning to the World Health Organization

-          canceling the Keystone pipeline

-          rescinding the 1776 Commission

-          non-citizens included in apportionment of congressional districts

-          more immigration

Add to this the list of proposals in front of congress:

-          expand access to the ballot box

-          remove the deadline to ratify the equal rights amendment

-          investigate members of congress who sought to overturn the results of the election

-          reparations for African Americans

-          mask wearing at the Capitol

-          admit Washington DC as a state

Certainly, the lists will continue to grow.  These provide a roadmap for understanding the sins that are not to be forgiven.  These are not addressing “crimes” in any meaningful sense of the term; they are addressing sins…unforgiveable sins.

The following is taken from an interview with David J. Theroux on the Libertarian Christian podcast.  Theroux is Founder and President of both the Independent Institute and of the C.S. Lewis Society of California.  It is on the latter of these two roles that this interview is based, a discussion on C.S. Lewis and Natural Law.  There is one specific comment that I wish to draw out, starting here:

After mentioning Dostoyevsky, Theroux offers:

If you don’t have this objective idea of morality from God then anything goes, so Lewis has many essays he would write about discussing some of these questions.  In one of them he talks about: if there is no objective morality and then that means that there is no accountability for what you choose.  It’s simply your choice that’s subjective.  You haven’t committed an evil or a crime because its subjective, but people may not want you to do that.

It isn’t a crime; it is just a subjective choice that is not accepted by others – a sin, of sorts.

So, your choice must be a mental deficiency.  You haven’t been conditioned properly.  So instead of being convicted of a crime, which has no meaning, you would be put into an institution and you would be socialized into being whatever the proper choices should be, which, of course, is also subjective.

Let’s take a moment to consider some recent examples of this desired “socialization”:

Congressional Democrats back “Secular America,” a group that has sent a 28-page document to the Biden transition team advising him to strip First Amendment rights from Christians who advocate traditional biblical positions on the sanctity of life, marriage, education, and the nuclear family, Harbinger’s Daily reports.

…an incoming Biden administration must “educate the American public,” particularly those identified as the “religious right,” on the need to keep their “religious dogma” to themselves. The document calls for a purge of social conservatives from all levels of government, labeling them as “white nationalist” and “conspiracy theorists.”

According to the now privatized site [the “Trump Accountability Project”], whose internet archives were captured, anyone associated with the Trump administration, including those who elected him, staffed his government, funded him, endorsed him, worked in law firms for him, and who supported him in general, should be “held accountable.”

"Trump must be defeated ... and his enablers, and his supporters ... must be prosecuted and convicted and removed from our society," ranted the always hot-blooded Keith Olbermann.

"The most humane and reasonable way to deal with all these [Trumpian] people ... is some kind of truth and reconciliation commission," tweeted MSNBC prime-time host Chris Hayes, a politic Martin compared to the Nelson-esque brashness of Olbermann.  "When this nightmare is over, we need a truth and reconciliation commission," proposed former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.  Elie Mystal of The Nation floated the same proposition.

That’s enough of that.  Returning to the Theroux interview:

And the people who are doing the conditioning, their minds are subjective too, and they have no idea what is the best outcome, so you end up with this incoherent and incredibly frightening world where this person who is incarcerated can never pay damages to a victim or ever be released because there is no crime that is committed, there’s no victim, and so there’s never a way to get out from under that kind of horror.

Conclusion

One cannot atone for the crime that is not a crime, this blasphemy against the unholy spirit.  The punishment is never-ending:

If you ever get twenty-five years for nothing, if you find yourself wearing four number patches on your clothes, holding your hands permanently behind your back, submitting to searches morning and evening, working until you are utterly exhausted, dragged into the cooler whenever someone denounces you, trodden deeper and deeper into the ground-from the hole you're in, the fine words of the great humanists will sound like the chatter of the well-fed and free.

-          Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

7 comments:

  1. Hey drone! Wear 2 masks now!

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  2. Man that is a powerhouse quote by Solzhenitsyn.

    "Of all tyrannies a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be "cured" against one's will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals. But to be punished, however severely, because we have deserved it, because we "ought to have known better," is to be treated as a human person made in God's image." - C.S. Lewis

    I think Lewis gives these people too much credit, although I'm sure the opposition to objective reality in his day was probably much more virtuous and intelligent than today's mob of moronic villains running around without a shred of compassion or kindness for anyone standing in the way of their vulgar subjective standard they wish pave over the top of everyone. And I doubt that anyone of these modern aberrations of nature will find their way into Heaven, but we should all pray for their souls anyway. Of course it wouldn't be hard to imagine that most of them have committed the unforgiveable sin, so it might not do much good anyhow.

    That verse in Matthew is fascinating though isn't it? The one sin that cannot be forgiven. You can blaspheme Jesus and the Father, and be forgiven, but not the Holy Spirit! But aren't they the same person? Ah the mysteries of Christianity. I certainly cannot boast that I understand them all.

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    1. "Ah the mysteries of Christianity."

      Perhaps after the Crucifixion and Resurrection, these "mysteries" are the greatest feature of this Christian faith.

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    2. Well. The Holy Spirit isn't the same person as Jesus and the Father, at least according to the orthodox view of the trinity. Same God, three different persons in the Godhead.

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    3. "Same God, three different persons in the Godhead." Yes. Thank you.

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  3. Given that today's idea of the implausible/satirical may become tomorrow's "new normal", I hesitate to suggest the following; the Bible should be suppressed by any future "Realty Czar" since Genesis stipulates, "Male and female created He them". Two biological sexes indeed! What better instrument for suppressing the Sacred Text than a "devout Catholic" chief executive, his likely Hindu replacement, and any appointed aforementioned Czar. And, as for the spineless Churches: "Vae victis"!

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    1. Deacon Patrick, after hearing the knucklehead end his prayer in congress with "amen and a-women," there is nothing you could write that has not already been considered to become part of the new normal.

      When a civilization is falling at this speed, people like us can never keep up with what's next. One year ago, universal mask-wearing was nonsensical. Within a week, it was considered normal.

      So fear not: you cannot come up with an evil greater than those which our "betters" already have in store for us.

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