Friday, November 03, 2006

How Do You Commit the Unforgivable Sin?

How does one commit the unforgivable sin? I don't think I can adequately answer the question but I believe that there's legitimate risk in the fundamentalist evangelicals who thump their bibles at the Holy Church and tell their followers that the Catholic Church is of Satan or that the pope is the antichrist. Woe to you... It sends shivers down my spine to even think about it and it should yours too! I've often wondered how one would commit the unforgivable sin, well I think these people have found a way. It's not simply a matter of calling what is good evil. The fundamental act is calling the spirit within the Church evil. The Spirit who is in the Catholic Church is of course the Holy Spirit. No true follower of Christ can look at the Spirit that is in the Catholic Church and call it Satan. This is what the Pharisees did to Christ. This is the unforgivable sin: blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit.

Obviously I'm not saying that anyone who disagrees with the Church is commiting the unforgivable sin. There's a big difference in disagreeing with doctrine and calling the good work done by the Catholic Church inspired by the spirit of Satan. As Jesus Christ said:

If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?(1)

Of course, if the Catholic Church was of Satan then why would he have it doing so much good in the world (not to mention teaching the original doctrines of the apostles and martyrs and maintaining that orthodoxy to this day). It's not like it's a legitimate claim against the church that one has to defend against. Most Protestants beleive that the church fathers and early martyrs made a lot of mistakes for 1500 years until Martin Luther came along and cleared everything up. This is a failure in logic and historical knowledge... not blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. But again, woe to those who dare call the Church evil.


Cesar Lazo said...

I deeply believe that our Lord, in the mystery of his infinite forgiveness, can actually forgive a repentant soul of accusing the Holy Church or our Pope of being evil or of any other sin if the man repents in his heart, John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Let me insist “all unrighteousness.” Now, in view of the absolute fact that the Word of our Lord is faultless and His scriptures inspired by the Spirit to the apostles, we can be sure that He does not contradict Himself. I believe that the only sin that can’t be forgiven is final impenitence: The obstinacy in sin until the end, refusing the Holy Spirit that convinces us of the severity of sin without contrition of our “dead works”.

About the unpardonable sin as stated in the Cathecism of our Catholic Church

1864 "Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven."136 There are no limits to the mercy of God, but anyone who deliberately refuses to accept his mercy by repenting rejects the forgiveness of his sins and the salvation offered by the Holy Spirit.137 Such hardness of heart can lead to final impenitence and eternal loss.

Our beloved former Pope Ioannes Paulus PP II states in his letter Dominum et vivificantem:

“…whoever rejects the Spirit and the Blood remains in "dead works," in sin. And the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit consists precisely in the radical refusal to accept this forgiveness, of which he is the intimate giver and which presupposes the genuine conversion which he brings about in the conscience. If Jesus says that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit cannot be forgiven either in this life or in the next, it is because this "non-forgiveness" is linked, as to its cause, to "non-repentance," in other words to the radical refusal to be converted. This means the refusal to come to the sources of Redemption, which nevertheless remain "always" open in the economy of salvation in which the mission of the Holy Spirit is accomplished. The Spirit has infinite power to draw from these sources: "he will take what is mine," Jesus said. In this way he brings to completion in human souls the work of the Redemption accomplished by Christ, and distributes its fruits. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, then, is the sin committed by the person who claims to have a "right" to persist in evil-in any sin at all-and who thus rejects Redemption. One closes oneself up in sin, thus making impossible one's conversion, and consequently the remission of sins, which one considers not essential or not important for one's life. This is a state of spiritual ruin, because blasphemy against the Holy Spirit does not allow one to escape from one's self-imposed imprisonment and open oneself to the divine sources of the purification of consciences and of the remission of sins. “

Tell me: To the One whose almighty power is measured by endless love and endless mercy what sin can be grater then the Lord that he cannot forgive to a contrited soul? If we humbly ask Him with an open heart do not doubt of the greatness of our Lord: He will forgive you. Our Lord wants to save us not condemn us. He is truly the one that loves us the most, God Himself became in flesh through our mother Mary to die for our sins, let’s not treat his blood as common blood, but as Blood of Redemption, blood of Forgiveness to all.

Tim A. Troutman said...

Cesar - thanks for the comments. I think you're right.