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Q:

I know I'm going to hell when I die because I've blasphemed the Holy Spirit. My aunt says God will forgive me but I don't believe it. But I promised her I'd write you to see what you'd say. I don't want to go to hell but I know I will.


A:

Do you honestly think God wants you to spend eternity apart from Him in the place the Bible calls hell? No, He doesn’t. Instead, He wants you to be with Him in heaven because He loves you. The Bible says, “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

Those words were written by the Apostle Peter—and if anyone was guilty of denying Christ, it was Peter. Do you remember? Jesus had warned Peter that he would deny Him, but Peter strongly disagreed. Then Jesus was arrested, and when someone asked Peter if he also was a follower of Jesus, “He began to call down curses on himself, and he swore to them, ‘I don’t know this man'” (Mark 14:71). But Peter repented, and God forgave him—completely and totally. And He will forgive you.

Yes, Jesus said only one sin couldn’t be forgiven, and that was “blasphemy against the Spirit” (Matthew 12:31). But what does it mean to blaspheme the Spirit? I have studied Jesus’ words very carefully, and it simply means this: To deny the Holy Spirit’s witness to Jesus.

In other words, the only sin God can’t forgive is the sin of rejecting Christ. But why reject Him any longer? God’s promise is for you: “Whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:18). Commit your life to Him today.

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158 Comments

  1. lisa says:

    When I was in my early twenties I partied alot. I did something that has bothered me. I said I would sell my soul to the devil if he would keep my then boyfriend out of jail. I’m now in my fifties and a follower of Jesus. I went to Sunday school as a child. I knew better.

  2. Joel says:

    So proud of this website and the people who work it:))))))

  3. Robsen Gudeta says:

    What is the definition of “blasphemy against the holy ghost”? and there is something that makes me insult the holy spirit, it makes me say “holy spirit is stupid” and I say “get out the thing that makes me insult the holy spirit” and I am still doing this even the time that I wrote this question. please how can I stop it?

    1. BGEA says:

      Robsen, we have passed on your question to our team so we can respond as soon as possible.

    2. Sarah says:

      Robsen, the same thing has been happening to me ever since I read about it. This is driving me crazy and i just want it to stop. I would never want to think or say ANYTHING against the Holy Spirit ever. I love God so much and I keep praying about it but it hasn’t stopped.

    3. Sarah says:

      Robsen, I will pray for you and others that I have read about that have been going through the same thing we will get through this in the name of Jesus Christ! I just prayed with someone and it made me feel free again. Please pray for me as well, and I will continue to pray for you. Thank you and God be with you always and bless you.

  4. TF says:

    How Refreshing!!!! I thought I couldn’t return to my first love after all the awful things I said and the terrible thing I almost did before this morning. With so many questions in my mind I sought for answers whether doom or freedom, I wanted to know the truth and the truth is God loves me. My heart is lifted I am forgiven and I am so thankful for the ministry the legacy of Billy Graham I am extremely thankful.

  5. Ashton says:

    Thank You.

  6. Jane says:

    I’ve been going through a tough time with anxiety and depression and have had suicidal thoughts. One night whilst having a suicidal thought I doubted Gods existence and I was imediately reminded that I wouldn’t see my gran in heaven. I can remember hearing that quiet voice after she got saved but dismissed it . I also heard another voice of not seeing a loved one years before and took it to mean that I wouldn’t see them get saved in this life simply because we didn’t keep in touch with each other any more. Since the time I think I’d committed the sin! I feel as though God has been speaking to me through objects around me that confirm my fate for not being faithful until death. i have never felt such fear!! Has this ever happened to others?

    1. BGEA says:

      Jane, we have forwarded your comment to our team so we can respond with some encouragement.

    2. Tony says:

      I feel the same way and see the same things as you do Jane. I struggle with this everyday.