An Argument to End Them All

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ ,

In other words, ‘how to stop a missionary dead in his tracks’ – (disclaimer it’s a pun, a metaphor, i.e. not literal – we have some crazies on here who love taking things out of context). During a discussion I was having with fellow team member, Sr. Alice, we inadvertently, came up with an argument that I think would shut any missionary up quite quickly.

Missionary: You should accept that Christ died for your sins.

Muslim: I don’t believe the Holy Spirit is God. Is it a blasphemy to say that the Holy Spirit is not God?

Missionary: Yes!

Muslim: Well according to this verse, “but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”. – Mark 3:29.

(Note, you don’t have to repeat what Gill’s exposition is, but you should understand what the verse means, to aid with this, we’ve provided what his exposition says below.)

Gill’s Exposition of the entire bible explains Mark 3:39 as:

“But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, Against his person, and the works performed by him, by ascribing them to diabolical power and influence, as the Scribes did, hath never forgiveness: there is no pardon provided in the covenant of grace, nor obtained by the blood of Christ for such persons, or ever applied to them by the Spirit; but is in danger of eternal damnation”

Muslim: Isn’t it true that not even the blood of Christ will wash away the sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit?

Missionary: ……………………….

Muslim: Doesn’t that mean, whether I accept Christ or not, I’m still going to hell?

In conclusion, as Sr. Alice has said:

Why should we accept Christ as our Lord and Saviour if we as Muslims have already blasphemed against the Holy Spirit? This is a sin that even the blood of Jesus can not wash.

wa Allaahu ‘Alam.


  • I’d like to bring up a question and my thoughts on it. Christians and Muslims believe God is merciful right? But when we read this verse it appears the sin is eternal, it shall not be forgiven so there is no mercy here. Now in the Quran in surah 4:48 we get the same type of message. If we do as it says in that verse we shall not be forgiven, no mercy, but I have read that in Tafsir Ibn Kathir it means we shall not be forgiven only if we die with this sin and have not repented while alive. Could a Christian not look at Mark 3:29 the same way as we Muslims look at 4:48?

    The only reason I could think of mark 3:29 not being the same as 4:48 is because 4:48 does not say the sin is eternal which would refer to this life and the next right? 4:48 just says the sin shall not be forgiven but does not say forever. Would my analysis on these 2 verses sound just about right? Please let me know what you think.

  • really a great point Brother Ijaz and i like it

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