Blasphemy is a strong word because it has deadly implications. When scripture speaks of ‘death’ in this context, it is referring to eternal death as opposed to eternal life. Not as much emphasis is put on physical death simply because humans do not cease to exist when their bodies die. The emphasis is on humanity’s eternal whereabouts and scripture applies emphasis to eternal existence.
Blasphemy is an informed disbelief, which is why it is the only unforgivable sin, or ‘the sin that leads to death.’ It makes sense when you consider that the only way to have eternal life is to believe in Jesus. The opposite is the way to have eternal death.
Unbelief out of ignorance is not the blasphemy that leads to death.
“…though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief,…” -Paul, 1 Timothy 1:13 ESV
If you bad-mouth the Son of Man out of misunderstanding or ignorance, that can be overlooked. But if you’re knowingly attacking God himself, taking aim at the Holy Spirit, that won’t be overlooked. -Luke 12:10
A person cannot say that he or she believes in Jesus and His grace while refusing to offer it out of that belief to another. It’s double-talk. Scripture calls is, ‘sawing off the branch on which you are sitting.’
This is war, and there is no neutral ground. If you’re not on my side, you’re the enemy; if you’re not helping, you’re making things worse. There’s nothing done or said that can’t be forgiven. But if you deliberately persist in your slanders against God’s Spirit, you are repudiating the very One who forgives. If you reject the Son of Man out of some misunderstanding, the Holy Spirit can forgive you, but when you reject the Holy Spirit, you’re sawing off the branch on which you’re sitting, severing by your own perversity all connection with the One who forgives. -Matthew 12:30-32
It’s not possible for one person to condemn another definitively. Only God can do that. It’s more likely that they cannot stomach God’s grace for another. That is not blaspheming, it is a symptom of the shock and confusion of pain. When emotions keep someone from the ability to reconcile, it is not blaspheming. It’s a momentary spot on the individual’s journey.
You’re not dead, so there is still some traveling to do. If you’re both headed toward God, one destination, it is certain that you will meet each other there. We meet God as one body, one bride, so you have to reconcile eventually. Your focus should just be on God as you head in the direction in front of you. Each person must travel down their own personal path gathering souvenirs and seasoning before the place where reconciliation is possible. The timing will be obvious. Reconciliation is asked of us, God has the final say on the timing.
To blaspheme, you have to fail to believe what you believe. Logic tries to imagine someone finding evidence contrary to the Truth and believing evidence over scripture. However, there is no evidence that can outweigh the Truth. It’s not logical to assume evidence, which doesn’t exist, has been found. If, to them, it has, then they didn’t know (haven’t been ‘enlightened’ with) the Truth. This calls for quiet patience out of the assurance of hope. Unity is the ultimate goal and it requires individuals to remember that we are all in process.
You can’t forget grace. Whatever may compete with the revelations and clarity God gives you will not win. Things will expand out of those initial revelations and your faith will grow. If it seems like your faith has dwindled from a fire to a smoldering coal, it is because God is refining it. The boat of faith rocks when it’s about to explode and expand.
When you consider the things that make your faith wane, they are the painful things. This is God showing you how big He is. He’s not limited to being your Dr. Feelgood. He has a Sword of a scalpel that will cut you wide open and make you more dependent on Him. He’s setting you up to win because the mere experience of being human is rigged for your utter failure. The human condition is clothed with the need of a Savior and the Savior has been provided. He’s created a loophole and is knocking everything out of the way so that you can fit through it. It hurts, but it’s for your good. You can withstand more pushing and prodding when you see them as crucial to your spiritual molding. …warm clay on a spinning wheel.
Life is a journey. You’re not finished yet. Drive.