Mark 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:

Basically atheism is one thing you can never be forgiven for and will make you live your eternal afterlife in a lake of fire. You can kill, rape, and torture as much as you want. As long as you accept the Jesus myth and genuinely ask for his forgiveness, you can still get a ticket to paradise.

The guys who thought to add this clause were very clever. They realized no one could ever live by this crap and everyone would sin. By having God/Jesus forgive you for your sins, you can convince the faithful the ticket to paradise is always available, they just always need to try harder. Conversely, if you deny the existence of God, you'll never be forgiven and get a one-way ticket to hell. (My ticket's punched.)

It would have been interesting to be a fly on the wall when they came up with this one.
"Mark, so how can we make it suck if people don't believe?"...
"I know, we'll just make it the one unforgivable sin!"
"Oh good one, write that down now."

Tags: Forgiveness, blasphemy

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A fundamentalist once told me that Mark 3:29 is actually about attributing the powers of Christ to demons, meaning that atheism is not technically blastphemy. If what you say were the case then no one from any religion or anyone lacking religion would be able to convert to Christianity, yet evangelicals continue to attempt to turn atheists and other "pegans" to Christ.
If you want to start a real firestorm with your Christian friends cut a fart and say "Uh-Oh, that's the Holy Ghost"!! When they challenge you tell them that unless they've actually, heard and smelled the Holy Ghost they have no way of making a distinction between what sounded and smelled like a fart on the one hand, and the Holy Ghost on the other. They can't disprove your assertion that what they think was a fart was in fact the Holy Ghost. This is only for the very brave of heart!!
There's no existence to deny.

(I love saying that)
I love hearing that!
This way, anyone can be accepted into the club. Except of course those that don't want to be members. Then they can be disparaged with a "well we don't want them here anyway". It is brilliant.

Another good one along these lines is 1 John 2:19:

(Contemporary English Version)
19These people came from our own group, yet they were not part of us. If they had been part of us, they would have stayed with us. But they left, which proves that they did not belong to our group.

Pretty circular.
It goes like this:
"I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin."
So the sin against the father-god or the son-god will be forgiven, but not the sin against the holy spirit, although they are all one god. What a nonsense, one of the bible's blatant contradictions!
That's particularly true in light of the fact that Christianity claims to be montheistic. Its a claim that's patently false on the face of it.
Hi Dave,

Reading the quote from Mark 3:29, "But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation", it seems not to be absolute -- there's some wiggle room there. Blaspheming the Holy Ghost is unforgivable but eternal damnation is merely a "danger" instead of a certainty. Risky, perhaps, but not absolutely damnable.

With this in mind, I think Pascal's Wager isn't all it's cracked up to be. Perhaps atheists can go to heaven after all.



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