Some very sincere and concerned Christians have expressed fear that they may have committed an unpardonable sin. Others are afraid that the sum of their sin has placed them in a position that is beyond even the possibility of forgiveness by Jesus. Is that possible? Is there a sin or a degree of sin that the blood of Jesus is not sufficient to cover? There is a great deal of confusion over this issue. Part of the reason is the wide variety of interpretations surrounding the passages that address the unpardonable sin.
In January 2015, a 17 year old in Palm Beach, Florida impersonated an anesthesiologist. For nearly a month he walked around a hospital wearing a white jacket and carrying a stethoscope. He went into examining rooms and observed other doctors examine patients. Fortunately he didn’t attempt to treat anyone. In May 2015, a man in Atlanta was charged with impersonating an eye doctor for nearly six years. In addition to performing eye examinations, he prescribed medications.
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While some of us have experienced difficult and embarrassing personal issues in our lives, I doubt many of us can truly relate to the lady described in Mark 5:25-34. This poor lady had suffered with chronic bleeding for twelve years. Without being too descriptive I ask you to imagine the sanitary challenges of dealing with that problem, day after day, after day. Along with that came the health issues. She must have been frequently weak and anemic. In all likelihood, she had no family because she would have been considered unclean.