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Jesus loves to surprise us. Just when we think we have him boiled down to a formula or method, He breaks the mold.

In [Mark 5:1-20](http://www.esvbible.org/Mark+5/”>Mark 5:1-20) we see His interaction with a demon possessed man. He miraculously delivers him and forever changes his life.

The next step seems obvious. Who would this guy want to be around and hang out with?

Jesus.

No brainer, right?

We see this desire expressed by the man himself. “As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him.” Mark 5:18

It is Jesus answer that is surprising.

“Go home.”

Well, ok it is a nicer form of that same message.

“And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” Mark 5:19

This series on NoSuperHeroes deals with the Top Questions I receive in my Grace Seminars. Come back each day to see how we can answer our questions without changing the message of Grace!

Top Question: Have I Committed the Unforgivable Sin, “Blaspheming the Holy Spirit”?

Have you ever found yourself fearing that you or someone you know has committed the unforgivable sin?

In a moment of doubt or trial, you uttered a statement that has haunted you ever since. In the back of your mind, you feel concern God will not forgive this indiscretion.

Will you face God someday and hear Him tell you to “depart” for you did the unpardonable? Will Jesus vomit you out of his mouth saying you are “lukewarm“?

The passage in question comes from Mark 3:28-29“Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”

What makes someone spiritual?
How do we evaluate who is a good Christian and who is not?

This is the core issue in the book of Galatians. Paul went in preaching a message of Christ, not culture. The church in Galatia was being tempted to add Jewishness to their faith, and Paul wants none of it.

Try your best to read between the lines of Galatians 3:1-3. 

It’s not too difficult to see Paul’s feelings. He is extremely angry. Nowhere else in Paul’s writings do we see him insulting a church so much! Paul is telling them they started with the Spirit. The beginning of their journey with God was salvation. Salvation was completely an act of God, nothing of themselves. Now they were changing the rules and relying on the flesh.

Why did they trust God to get saved but now trust something physical such as circumcision to be righteous, or pleasing to God?