Many people have asked if there is an unforgivable sin, and for good reason. If there really is such a thing, you would want to know what it is so you can avoid it, right?
As usual, there several facets to this topic so here we go . . .
An unforgiveable sin is allegedly anything that blasphemes God. And what would irritate the Source of all love and life that He – for a She would never consider such a thing – would send people to a fiery hell forever? Here’s one religion-based list: burning a religious book, vandalizing a church, worshipping Satan, committing suicide, and stating that God is unkind, unjust or cruel.
Wouldn’t you think the Creator/Sustainer of the cosmos would be less touchy and more understanding about how easy it is for humans to become imbalanced and make poor choices?
The concept of unforgivable sin was based on ancient teachings that emerged during – you guessed it, the Dark Ages or earlier. That should raise your suspicions right off the bat. In case your memory of history is rusty, that was at least 1000 years ago. The notion of unforgivable sin assumes the existence of a fiery eternal hell as well as a judgmental wrathful God. What other beliefs from medieval times does anyone living today trust implicitly?
Further, a belief in the concept of unforgivable sin only exists in the most conservative / fundamentalist denominations of three major religions.
I think it’s blasphemous to imagine that God would even consider such a thing.
I attended theology school, in part, to address bizarre teachings that begged for sensible answers. It’s a historical fact that many significant changes – deletions, additions, arbitrary interpretations, purposeful changes, and mistranslations – have occurred in The Bible. People more interested in control and money than teaching the Golden Rule profited mightily from these changes. Creator may have inspired The Bible, but He/She/It didn’t write it, and definitely didn’t make all those changes.
After their near-death experience (NDE), millions of people report that the Light is loving, nonjudgmental, forgiving, and caring beyond human understanding. Further, they usually agree that we each are one with and part of Source Energy right now and eternally – not maybe, someday, if we believe a certain way, or live in a particular manner. To learn more about post-NDE views about the nature of God, read Lessons from the Light by Ken Ring Ph.D.
After Life Between Lives (LBL) sessions by Michael Newton Ph.D., or therapists he trained, tens of thousands of people have reported the Presence in the same way. You can learn about their descriptions of Ground of All Being in Newton’s books Journey of Souls and Destiny of Souls.
Similarly, evidential mediums (EMs) describe a God of unfathomable love that is like a glue that holds together an exquisitely beautiful tapestry. Each person is an important and interconnected thread in this creation. See The Afterlife Experiments by Gary Schwartz PhD to learn more about these sensorily sensitive persons who have been researched in multiple university settings. These authentic mediums have been found to be valid and highly accurate conveyers of messages from those who have passed on, but not passed away.
From a common sense perspective, what good parents would not forgive their child for any transgression? And yet we are supposed to believe that the fountain of all love and light has a list of unforgivable sins?
Most importantly, many adults report that, as a child, they could never believe that a loving Creator would forever condemn one of Its creation for any reason.
Again, only a vociferous and fear-focused minority of religions and denominations teach this concept. Most religions and denominations stopped teaching about a literal hell – if they ever did so in the first place – a long time ago. In addition, the sources mentioned above – NDEs, LBLs, and reports from EMs – deny the existence of a fiery eternal place of punishment.
This is a very important detail since the concept of eternal torment is required for belief in an unforgivable sin.
Let’s look a little deeper at the roots of this belief and consider the issue of ‘sin.’ I’m not talking about unforgivable sins now, just everyday garden variety sins. Different denominations and religions have varying lists of what constitutes a sin. In my Lutheran upbringing, it was only vaguely mentioned. Stern scripture passages were read, but the minister and others in the church were so loving and caring that I assumed God was the same way. The love, understanding, and forgiveness of All That Is was surely exponentially more than the best earthly parents.
In my late high school and early college years, I attended a fundamentalist church for the best of all reasons . . . my girlfriend went there. Churches in this small but vociferous denomination warned about a long list of sins that would lead us right up to the door of, or even into the burning pit forever: dancing, swearing, girls wearing their skirts too short, guys wearing their pants too tight, being gay, any kind of premarital sexual activity, masturbation, rock and roll music, pot, drinking, not tithing, not attending church regularly, etc. It was a long list.
But they never clearly specified what the unforgivable sin was. Naturally, I and others feared that whatever we were doing was the big one. Or maybe a combination of ones listed above exceeded a threshold and sent one off to hang out with Beezelbub and his cronies forever.
As I matured – and became more educated about theology, psychology, and metaphysics – I realized what a perfect control device the concept of an unforgivable sin was. Obviously, that list was created to control hormone-challenged teens, but it didn’t work very well. You attract more bees with honey than vinegar. People make the best decisions when they know they are important and beloved parts of the creation, not when they are made to feel guilty, prone to error, and evil.
Regarding the unforgivable sin, the Creator and Sustainer of all life that I know would never imagine such a thing . . . but humans who seek to scare and control others would. My current understandings about God, heaven, and hell are discussed in articles #13 and 14 at SoulProof.com.
Let me address the elephant in the room . . . some people believe that suicide is THE unforgivable sin. Let’s think about that one for just a moment with an ounce of common sense. Would the Source of all that is really pile on those who are already in so much mental and/or physical pain that they destroy their physical body? “You think you had it bad before? I’ll give you something to really suffer about! Off you go to hell forever!”
That way of thinking and those actions are not consistent with the concept of E.L.G.O.D. That acronym stands for the universal Energizing, Loving, Guiding, Organizing, and Designing phenomenon that is behind all life and of which we each are infinite, eternal, integral, and beloved parts.
In my opinion – based on good evidence, personal experience, and common sense – an unforgiveable sin does not exist. But don’t just believe me. What makes the most sense to your heart and mind? Conduct your own research and discover how much powerful political and religious officials twisted The Bible’smessages for their own gain.
Pray and meditate about whether there really is an unforgivable sin. Spend some time in nature, playing with children, cuddling a pet, listening to sublime music or outrageous comedy, or serving others. Then consider whether Life Source really works that way.
That life continues beyond bodily death has been scientifically demonstrated. Shall we now live accordingly?
Mark Pitstick, MA, DC is an author, master’s clinical psychologist, holistic chiropractic physician, frequent media guest, and workshop facilitator. He is director of The Soul Phone Foundation, founder of Greater Reality Living Community Groups, and board member of Helping Parents Heal. Dr. Pitstick can help you know and show– no matter what is going on around you – that your earthly experience is a totally safe, meaningful, and magnificent adventure amidst forever. Visit SoulProof.com for free articles, newsletters, and radio interviews with top consciousness experts.
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