Jesus only mentions one sin that will not be forgiven – blasphemy against the Spirit. Jesus warns, “He who is not with Me is against Me. Any sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.” Matthew 12:30-31 This is a very specific statement from Jesus, so it is important, even life-critical, that we understand exactly what this blasphemy is and what it is not. In this story about Jesus, the Jewish leaders or Pharisees are accusing him of being an evil spirit or the devil himself. This is one of the biggest insults a person could say to Jesus, but insults alone are not blasphemy. Insults or curses that are said in […]
Turkey is in two continents, with 3% in Europe and 97% in Asia. Its strategic position of being located on the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea has made it of prime importance throughout history. The Turkish Ottoman Empire once stretched across North Africa, Western Asia and Southeast Europe, but WW I led to its demise and fragmentation and also the birth of modern Turkey. Turkish society is split – it is secular yet Muslim. For over one thousand years, Turkey was a bastion of Christendom. Mt. Ararat, the place where Noah’s ark landed, is located in Turkey, but is closed off from most of the world. Much of the activity of the New Testament apostles was located in Turkey. […]
Syria is an ancient civilization, located on the Mediterranean coast between Turkey and Iraq. Damascus is known as the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Syria is written about throughout the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. Its people trace their origins back to Noah, as descendants of Shem, Noah’s son. King David of Israel led a successful conquest against Syria and the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites who occupied the land. In New Testament times, Syria became a Roman province. Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were […]
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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study.