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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.


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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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  1. Gordon Mohler says:

    Behind my smile, loving nature, praying, and reading my Bible day and night, I have been in a state of doubt these past few weeks when I heard about the unforgivable sin and I was afraid that I would be tempted to commit it and I think I may already have when I mentioned more than once the fear of seeing Jesus as the enemy which I know very well is not true! And luckily, I haven’t looked at it nor will I ever! But worse yet, I’ve been thinking terrible thoughts and I was afraid that I would give in to evil which I also will not do. But I know that as long as I keep reading my Bible, praying, doing good works and trusting in God, I know I should be okay. Jesus is truly our only hope and without him, we would be lost. Thank you!