As it was in Eden, Satan's seduction is that when we cross over to his side, we will be awakened to the realization that we possess an in-born divine and immortal soul of God. Has contemplative Christianity in its amalgamation with eastern meditation fallen for Satan's lie to the point in their practices that the delusion of their possession of such a divine immortal soul/spirit and its oneness with God, qualify as the unpardonable sin ?
We know that Eve was deceived, but it was obviously pardonable. What is being considered here is whether in the course of the development and maturing of Satan’s lie into unbiblical Christian
contemplative meditation, when the practitioners experience in-born “divinity” within themselves and when in deeper meditation, experience “ oneness with God, the Divine”, that the delusion of possessing in-born divinity results in the wilful rejection of the Holy Spirit to the extent that it becomes
an unpardonable sin.
A Common Myth among Christians is that man was born with an immortal/divine soul.
Fallen man is not “immortal” . After the fall, God said “…. lest he put forth his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever : …. so He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims
and a flaming sword which turned every way to keep the way of the tree of life.” We now have no access to the tree of life
and cannot live forever.
Fallen man is not “divine”. In concept, divinity as an entity is not divisible.
Even if man should possess a spark of God, then man has all of “divinity” within that spark. The word “divinity” itself suggests, “divine unity”. After the fall, man is not in divine unity as one with God. The Bible in 2
Pet 1:4 calls us by God’s “ exceeding great and precious promises” to be progressive “partakers of the divine nature” that we might interactively and progressively add to faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness,
brotherly kindness and charity. This process suggests restoration through “partaking of the divine nature”. It does not suggest “ possession” of the divine entity even in microcosm.
Blasphemy is when man makes himself God.
John 10: 30. I and my Father are one. 31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? 33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good
work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
Why did the “beast” of Rev 13:1 have the name of blasphemy upon his
When the beast sought for itself the attributes of God …. when he sought to be worshipped, then he had the name of blasphemy upon his head ! Rev 13:4
Rev 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
How did Jesus define the unpardonable sin ?
Jesus was healing and casting out demons by the power of God, but the Pharisees asserted
that Jesus was operating in the power of Beelzelbub. In this context, when the work of God is attributed to and wilfully asserted to be the work of the devil when there is clear evidence that it is the work of God as in this case when it was Jesus Himself
working these miracles, then Jesus defined the assertions as “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit” which shall not be forgiven.
Matthew 12 : 31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
Conversely, when it is asserted by certain contemplatives that the “deceptive lie of the immortal soul by Satan ”
is the “ truth and work of God Himself ” ; are such assertions unpardonable blasphemy ?
Some leaders of the Contemplative Tradition also assert the lies of Satan
in the existence of an “immortal soul” as a gift, that it is the work of God. They assert that God had in His wisdom and love put into each human being His divine-immortality such that through contemplative practices, we might discover and so become
one with GOD, THE DIVINE. Some go so far as to assert that through meditative or centering prayer, one becomes indistinguishably one with God Himself. Consider these 2 examples which are quite typical of the modern Contemplative
Father Thomas Merton: At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusion, a point of pure truth, a point or spark which belongs entirely to God, which is never at our disposal, from which God disposes
of our lives, which is inaccessible to the fantasies of our own mind or the brutalities of our own will. Because when you die, that is all that is left. When we die, everything is destroyed except
this one thing, which is our reality that God preserves forever. He will not permit its final destruction. And the thing is, that we know this. This is built into that particular little grain of gold, this spark of the soul, or whatever it is. It knows this.
And the freedom that matters is the capacity to be in contact with that center. For it is from that center that everything else comes.….contemplative prayer is nothing other than ‘coming into consciousness’ of what is already there.
Father Thomas Keating : “ …. the spiritual
journey is… the realization, not just the information, but the real interior conviction that…there is a higher power or God. Or to make it as easy as possible for everybody, there is an Other…. Capital O. Second step…. To try to become the Other….still a capital O….And Finally the realization that there is no Other. You and the Other are One, always
have been, always will be. You just think that you aren’t…. “
defined unpardonable sin as “ blasphemy against the Holy Spirit “ which in context was the assertion by the Pharisees that the work of God that Jesus performed were of the Devil. In the case of Contemplative Christianity, the work of the Devil
(his lies) are asserted as the work of God. Is “ this blasphemy against the Holy Spirit” that shall not be forgiven ?
At the end of time, forgiveness comes to an end. Probation
closes. This scenario occurs when the beast of Rev attributes to himself the role and authority of God and deems himself worthy
to receive worship and enforces his mark of allegiance “ 666” as a sign of oneness with him.
Rev 13:8. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written
in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
What spiritual belief or practice substitutes a false spirit and which effectively negates the Holy Spirit ? Potentially,
those who worship based on the belief that their oneness with God is based on their in-born divinity and contemplatives who discover their divinity through meditation which wilful assertion negates the need for Christ as their Lamb of God will be guilty of the unpardonable sin. Then when the fullness of such assertion is prevalent, when Spiritualism becomes so manifest that there is no
longer forgiveness for such a sin, then there is scant reason for the extension of probationary time any longer. Then the end shall come.