Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit "....the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and "by the prince of demons he casts out the demons." And he called them to him and said to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. But no one can enter a strong manâ€™s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house." â€Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sinâ€ Mark 3: 22-29
The scribes and Pharisees could clearly see that Jesus was performing miracles. If He was mad He would have been incapable of miracles, therefore, the miracles must come from something supernaturally inherent within Him, so they accuse Him of being possessed by Beelzebul. It is by the power of "the prince of demons he casts out the demons."
Two things we need to know before proceeding. The first is that a massive demonic outpouring occurred during the time of Jesus Christ's ministry, thus contact with and possession by unclean spirits was common. The Gentiles especially sought spiritual empowerment from them.
The other thing we need to know is that the Pharisees believed in reincarnation. The Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus (37â€“100 A.D.), wrote that there were three sects of Jews during the time of Jesus Christ, the Sadducees, Essenes, and Pharisees. Two of the sects, the Essenes and the Pharisees sought a type of salvation through reincarnation. Josephus wrote:
â€œThe Pharisees believe that souls have an immortal vigour in them and that the virtuous shall have power to revive and live again: on account of which doctrines they are able greatly to persuade the body of people.â€ (Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book 18, Chapter 1, No. 3)
Now we know why the Pharisees hated Jesus Christ. If He was Who He said He was, then reincarnation was a lie. He offered resurrection unto eternal life, but they already had somethingâ€”reincarnationâ€”-and they were willing to murder our Lord to protect their delusion.
As for unclean spirits, or daemons, as the ancients on up through Plato called them,they were believed to be the spirits of men who had lived like gods during the first age, the Golden Age (days of Noah), but were disembodied at its' end. It was believed that they brought revelations to men from the gods and goddesses and served men in other capacities.
There are only two essential and utterly opposite explanations accounting for the existence of the spirits in question, either a naturalistic account or a supernatural one.
One of the oldest naturalistic accounts is the Babylonian Enuma Elish. Though it mainly speaks of the exploits of Marduk it is in fact a naturalistic evolutionary cosmogony describing how all things evolved out of pre-existing primordial matter called the watery abyss, or chaos. With the Egyptianâ€™s, the Sun-God Ra (Atum) describes how he created himself out of Nuâ€”pre-existing primordial matter---and then through an evolutionary process of transmigration he eventually became the Sun-God.
So either the unclean spirits in question mechanically-emerged out of primordial matter and then inhabited or incarnated within a succession of different kinds of bodies over the course of thousands or even millions and billions of years or they are created beings, created by He Who created all things:
â€œThou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.â€ (Nehemiah 9:6)
The Bible clearly states that the living God Who exists beyond time, space and matter created the â€œheaven, and earth, the sea and all that in them isâ€ (Exodus 20:11) out of nothingâ€”--creation ex nihiloâ€”---meaning out of nothing rather than out of pre-existing primordial matter, hence:
â€œThings which are seen were not made of things which do appearâ€ (Hebrews 11:3).
Before creation, nothing now intrinsic to the universe, such as unclean spirits, existed at all. So from the beginning of creation, a hierarchy of created pure spirit beings existed before the living God created man in His own spiritual image, male and female He made them.
Creation ex nihilo is a difficult teaching for sinful creatures to comprehend, let alone accept, so men turn to naturalistic explanations.
In light of these two essential accounts, if Jesus had an unclean spirit from which He derived His powers, then He is not the God Who created ex nihilo. He is not the Word made flesh, but rather another evolved product of nature itself, an impure spirit that has most likely experienced hundreds or perhaps thousands of reincarnations in pursuit of purification. And as for the miracles He performs, they must come from daemons.
The doctrine of creation ex nihilo is absolutely foundational to the rest of Scripture for which reason the Apostles strongly affirmed the Genesis account and then later the Early Church Fathers both affirmed creation ex nihilo and taught against evolutionary cosmogonies with their necessary basis in transmigration and/or reincarnation:
â€œAs for doctrines on the soul, there is nothing excessively shameful that they [the disciples of Plato and Pythagoras] have left unsaid, asserting that the souls of men become flies and gnats and bushes and that God himself is a [similar] soul, with some other the like indecencies. . . . At one time he says that the soul is of the substance of God; at another, after having exalted it thus immoderately and impiously, he exceeds again in a different way, and treats it with insult, making it pass into swine and asses and other animals of yet less esteem than theseâ€ (John Chrysostom, Homilies on John 2:3, 6, A.D. 391)
â€œ[A]void the nonsense of those arrogant philosophers who do not blush to liken their soul to that of a dog, who say that they have themselves formerly been women, shrubs, or fish. Have they ever been fish? I do not know, but I do not fear to affirm that in their writings they show less sense than fishâ€ (Basil the Great, The Six Daysâ€™ Work 8:2, A.D. 393)
Thomas Molnar (1921-2010) a Catholic philosopher, historian and political theorist, wrote extensively on the subject of heresy. In â€œUtopia: The Perennial Heresyâ€ and â€œThe Pagan Temptationâ€ he exposes the necessary connections between naturalism (materialism/pantheism), monism (one substance) and evolutionary conceptions and points out that when men desire liberation from God they turn to these ancient heresies.
While Molnar categorizes evolutionary conceptions as heresy, occult expert Kurt Koch (1913-1987), a noted German theologian, minister and evangelist who pastored and counseled those suffering from the occult in its various forms in 65 countries and 5 continents, defines evolutionism as a form of occultism in his book, Occult ABCs. Itsâ€™ most popularly accepted form today is Darwinism, which Kurt calls â€œDescent from the Ape,â€ and adds:
â€œAs long as there are people who despise the Bible, the legend of the ape will not die (but) if you absolutely insist on coming from the ape, rejoice in your ancestors, and go to your relatives in the jungle and eat bananas.â€ (p. 54)
Today, evolutionary theism is increasingly popular among Christians who seek validation from science. But this is a dreadful error. The fact is, the Bible and evolutionary theory canâ€™t both be true even though theistic evolutionists believe otherwise. They commonly rationalize their beliefs by stating that â€œyes, God created the heavens and the Earth,â€ but then He used evolutionary processes to produce the Universe and man we see today.
However, the uncritical acceptance of Evolutionary Theory places theistic evolutionists in the position of having to compromise Genesis 1-11. And to compromise the Genesis account is to compromise the whole Bible, which in turn compromises the Biblesâ€™ main theme: manâ€™s need of redemption. (Theistic Evolutionism: How It Compromises and Destroys God's Revelation http://patriotsandliberty.com/?p=16559
Evolution is by definition a naturalistic account of origins. By imposing naturalistic evolutionary explanations upon the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo, modern men sin against the Holy Spirit by reducing Jesus Christ to an evolved product of nature, thereby making of Him a mere human--perhaps a great moral teacher, a madman, a liar, or a devil--- and of God Himself, either the distant, impersonal Divine Substance worshipped by Pharisees, Kabbalists and Gnostics or the immanent god-force of nature worshipped by occult New Age pantheists and the Liberal Church or finally, the dead God of empirical materialists.
John MacArthur draws our attention to St Paulâ€™s Epistle to the Hebrews (10:26-31), which warns moderns that if they go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins but a fearful judgement, and it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (McArthur, Jesus: Liar, Lunatic, or Lord? Blaspheming the Holy Spirit---the Unforgiven Sin, Churchmouse Campanologist, July 27, 2012)
In conclusion said McArthur, all thatâ€™s left for you if your final decision is with full knowledge to reject (is) fearful judgment, terrifying judgment, severer punishment, the hottest hell is for those who rejected with the most knowledge. There are perhaps some of you who have rejected Christ. Your knowledge is increased today. You are in danger of greater judgment if you conclude that He is not the Lord He claimed to be. You need to be frightened by this. Some of you perhaps have thought that you were guilty of some blasphemy that could never be forgiven. May I remind you in final comments that the Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy, and I love this, said this, chapter 1, verse 12, â€œI thank Christ Jesus our Lord who strengthened me because He considered me faithful, putting me into ministry even though I was formerly aâ€¦what?â€¦blasphemer.â€ All manner of blasphemy can be forgiven except that final blasphemy that says with full revelation, â€œI reject Christ.â€ And youâ€™re left with the fact of explaining His supernatural power as satanic. And you stand then with the crucifiers, crucifying Him again and putting Him to open shame.
C.S. Lewis agrees:
"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: Iâ€™m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I donâ€™t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic â€” on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg â€” or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse."