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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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273 Comments

  1. Linda Lafrance says:

    Thank you so much. I was a Catholic. Never studied or read the Bible. As young adult I made the comment that Jesus was a prophet but at 55 I became a believer. Now 69 I was still worried my spiritual life. It’s amazing now due to the Bible & Holy Spirit that worry would surface sometimes. Thank you again. That was also what my heart said.

  2. Kenny says:

    Help me. Why does God hate me so bad? I know He will never forgive me. Please pray, I need to talk with someone.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Kenny,

      We want to assure you that God doesn’t hate you. If you have asked forgiveness for your sins and committed your life to Jesus Christ – trusting Him alone for your salvation, then the Bible says that God has forgiven you. You have been adopted into His family, and nothing can ever change that. The Bible says, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

      Don’t trust your feelings; they come and go. Instead, trust Christ and what He has done for you by His death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. God promises that He will forgive and save all who come to Christ by faith.

      Also ask God to help you forgive yourself. The Bible says, “We set our hearts at rest in His presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts” (1 John 3:19-20). If God has forgiven you, shouldn’t you also forgive yourself?

      Isaiah 43:25 says, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 1:18 also says, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

      Thank God for His forgiveness – and then ask Him to free you from the past. And if it’s possible and applies to you, go back to those you hurt and let them know you regret what you did and you hope they’ll forgive you – just as Christ forgave you.

      For more on God’s forgiveness, click here: http://bit.ly/GF-GodsForgiveness.

      Our team would love to talk with you and also pray with you if you’d like. Please click here to chat online with someone: Peace With God or call 1-877-247-2426.

  3. Crystal says:

    Thank you so much. I was afraid that I had committed that sin a couple of years ago and it’s been eating at me because of something that the devil had placed in my mind.

  4. Lisa says:

    I just can’t quit drinking. It was drugs more. I got clean for almost 2 years. Now I am drinking again. Raised in church. I know God loves me in my mind. I have trouble with my heart. Think I was saved when I was 9. I’ve never forgotten every detail. It is all the things I have done since that haunts me. I am tired of living in doubt, but am I willing to change? I just don’t know anymore.

    1. BGEA says:

      Lisa, admitting the addiction you struggle with is a big step in moving forward. We all deal with one issue or another, but we assure you that Christ can help you through any trial, no matter how big. This short article has some tips on overcoming addiction: https://goingfarther.net/life-issues/addiction/

      Someone from our team will also respond to you via email.

  5. Zach says:

    Thank you. I needed clarity on that one big time. I have struggled with this for a long time because I have done and said very offensive things about the trinity and want forgiveness and a life with Christ. Now I know I’m secure in my faith amd eternal life with the Father.

  6. Alicia Martinez says:

    I needed clarification on blasphemy of the Holy Spirit

  7. joanne humphrey says:

    I need to know God better by studying His word. Thanks for explaining blasphemy of the Holy Spirit to me.