Matthew 12:31So I say to you, Every sin and every evil word against God will have forgiveness; but for evil words against the Spirit there will be no forgiveness.
Q: What does this really mean?
I’ve heard different interpretations but the only thing that makes sense was something a Jewish man said on TV or radio. He said that the original Hebrew uses the phrase “carry evil in the lord’s name”. To carry evil meant to purposefully do evil therefore, Jesus is saying, anyone who purposefully does evil in the name of the Lord will not be forgiven.
An example being the Spanish Inquisition – the religious people did evil in the name of Jesus so those people are not forgiven???
This is a question I’ve asked myself many times (see My Story page). I’ve been largely agnostic until I decided that I wanted to know God, however, God didn’t turn out to be who I wanted Him to be.
A: Jesus / Y’SHUA
Q: How can you be so sure God is Jesus? Based on what?
A: Based on His miracles up to the present day (see Miracles of Jesus), the numerous prophecies about His life death and resurrection from thousands of years before He came (see Prophecies of Jesus), His words of forgiveness and restoration (see Forgiveness and Restoration) and not self-actualization. [self-actualization means we can get to heaven by ourselves] His prophecies that have come true and are coming true today, His claim to be God and his demonstration by doing what no one else could ever do – resurrect from the dead, the way he cares for a looser like me and the miracles He worked for me. For example, He took away the intense emotional pain that I felt throughout my life and He will never let me kill myself.
Ivan Aivazovsky’s painting Walking on Water (1888) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)