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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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206 Comments

  1. Ron and Gail Buhr says:

    My wife and I love the LORD and follow him (almost) daily. We use many different study Bibles, Commentaries, Bible Dictionaries and often have questions (like the one above). We Love and only want our LORD’S view of Holy Scriptures. Thank you!

  2. Donna Trueblood says:

    Peter did not blaspheme the Holy Spirit when je denied Jesus. Peter did not have the truth of the Holy Spirit indwelling him at that time so could not deny what he did not have. I believe that to blaspheme the Holy Spirit is to deny the truth of Holy Spirit and the work he does. If blaspheming Jesus or God was unforgivable, we would none of us be saved.

  3. Peggy Romain says:

    I was saved in the early sixties when Billy Graham came to paducah, Kentucky…. J c civic center…. Then I was baptized in the Ohio river…..

  4. Sandra Martin says:

    I just wanted to thank you for your obedience to God because of this ministry 28 years ago I asked Jesus into my heart.

  5. V.Kapgoulian says:

    Thank you very much. May God bless you and I too accept God’s love of salvation through Jesus Christ.

  6. Jennifer says:

    I see you don’t have a very long explanation on what “blasphemy of the holy spirit” means, could you give me something more descriptive? It states above, “the only sin God can’t forgive is the sin of rejecting Christ”, but I have also been told that it is speaking against the holy spirit by saying it’s demonic.??? Please help me to understand the full meaning or if it means both?? Thank you!

  7. David says:

    I walked away from God a couple of yrs ago and on Jan 1 2017 I returned to church and redidicated my life to Christ. While I was away I believe I blasphemed the Holy Spirit and I’m scared crazy that I can not be forgiven. My heart crys a lot over this. Am I forgiven? Or not

    1. BGEA says:

      Praise God, David, that you’ve returned to our Heavenly Father! He loves you and is thrilled you’re home. If you’ve sincerely sought forgiveness, then you’re forgiven. As Billy Graham wrote in this post, “God’s promise is for you: “Whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:18).” If you have more questions, please visit https://peacewithgod.net/ where you can talk and pray with a member of our team.

  8. Giovanni Murcia says:

    So would a Muslim that accepts Jesus as the Christ be denying the Spirit?

  9. Randy says:

    I feel like I hardened my heart but I want to soften it and allow Jesus back in my life

    1. Katie D Lamb says:

      Ask him back in and confess wat u did. He will welcome u home with open arms

    2. Madelyn says:

      Randy, I want to give you some encouragement. You have not hardened your heart to a point of no return because your feeling remorse for whatever you did. I promise you that is the Holy Spirit working in your life to get you to commit your life to Jesus, all you have to do is pray to God and say your a sinner and you know that you need him, ask him for forgiveness and trust in him and you are saved.

    3. Madelyn says:

      There is NOTHING God will not forgive if you are willing to humble yourself.