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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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217 Comments

  1. Karen raub says:

    I never heard of the word blaspheme.

  2. Surrumo Bonyi says:

    How does one blaspheme the Holy Spirit?

  3. David says:

    I’m not sure – but I’ve been pondering this question and jesus specifically said this after he had cast out an unclean spirit. My feeling is once annointed with the holy spirit if you sin too badly again it will make your spirit unclean and jesus will not be able to save you. He can only save you from your sins before touched by the spirit

  4. Patsy Baker says:

    Praise be to God.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I feel as if the Holy Spirit left me and I really need him back because I want to see Jesus

  6. Sam R. says:

    Thank you for clarity of this. May the Lord bless and keep all of you!

  7. Sabinah says:

    Hi, have always known that I will do anything for Jesus cause I love him so much and have had an encounter with the Holy Spirit but he left. Please what should I do? I want him back but am addicted to masturbation, what should I do????

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Sabinah,

      Masturbation is not specifically referred to in the Bible. However, several scriptural principles indicate that it is a practice from which a Christian should abstain. First, it is usually accompanied by the sin of willfully entertaining lustful thoughts and desires which are clearly forbidden by the Lord (Matthew 5:28). The more one dwells on such fantasy, the more likely it is to become a reality in behavior (James 1:14-15). Second, masturbation easily becomes a habit that people become dependent on (Romans 6:12-14). Third, self-directed sex violates God’s creation design for the right use of His good gift of sexuality (Genesis 1:24, 1 Corinthians 7:3-4, 9). Persistent, compulsive masturbation can also be the symptom of deeper psychological or spiritual problems, such as destructive feelings of inadequacy, rejection and loneliness.

      If you struggle with this behavior, we encourage you to confide in a mature Christian or minister in your church who can help you learn ways to overcome this temptation.

      Here are some resources for you. Please note that the first two are not affiliated with BGEA:

      http://family.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/25868/related/1
      http://www.ccef.org/its-all-about-me-problem-masturbation

      You might also check out this article on overcoming temptation: http://bit.ly/GF-Temptation

      God loves you and is quick to forgive when you ask Him for forgiveness. We hope these resources are helpful.

  8. Charles Foster says:

    May God forgive and may He accept and may he answer yours and my prayers before you’re done praying

  9. Shannon Jeffries says:

    I’ve been so scared, about 12 years ago things where really falling apart in my life and in my car alone I yelled at the Three God Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I have been in worse situations in my life, I never blamed God nor Jesus or the Holy Spirit. I cursed and said things I will never repeat. Thank you for this, I wasn’t sure if I could be forgiven. I have repented a lot.