saying-44; do not negate the Sacred.

 

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if you want to experience what he meant

saying- 44; do not negate the Sacred.

 

 

 

 

Jesus says:

whoever blasphemes against the son

will be forgiven,

but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit

will not be forgiven

either on earth or in heaven.

 

 

 

Comments:

 

As in saying-86 ‘son’ here means: a person in general; ‘son of man’ was no titular title,

it also meant ‘a man such as I’ in a way of self-reference (Crossan, 1992; Mack BA,1996;

Quispel G, 2004; Borsch FH, 2010; Vermes, 2012).

 

Both Patterson (1993) and DeConick (2005) hold this saying as an authentic original, but

considered the Trinitarian representation to point at a late redaction. Consequently, the first

sentence, whoever blasphemes against the father will be forgiven, is left out from

DeConick's kernel sayings. However, we may look pass the trinity creed, and realize

that Jesus' teachings were not at all congruent with classical Judaism and its interpretation

of the divine either. Jesus' teaching points at another kind of Ultimate Reality than the Hebrew

concept of God, often indicated by him as the kingdom, but without further clarification.

Therefore, sinning against a false interpretation (the Hebrew God the Father) is forgivable,

just as wrongdoing against any man can be rectified, but going against the living presence

of Ultimate Reality, the sacred dimension of all that is (the Holy Spirit), cannot be forgiven.

 

From the Judaist point of view blasphemy against the Holy One was considered as

unforgivable, and therefore traditional devotees would have been deeply opposed to

Jesus' stating the opposite! So from the first sentence of this saying alone we may infer

that Jesus indicates that his conviction most fundamentally did not comply with

Judaist thought about the status of their Holy One.

 

 

In seeking the kingdom,

you should not blaspheme against the living presence of the Sacred

by denying it,

and exempt your existence from divine meaning,

which would be an 'unforgivable' mistake.

 

 

Also in:

Matthew 12:32; Mark 3:28; Luke 12:10.