What is the “unforgivable sin?”

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unforgivable“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. And so I tell you, people will be forgiven every sin and blasphemy. But blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” (Matthew 12:30-32, TNIV)

“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven all their sins and all the blasphemies they utter. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, but is guilty of an eternal sin.” (Mark 3:28-29, TNIV)

Recently, a group of atheists actually encouraged people to “deny the Holy Spirit” online by saying the words “I deny the Holy Spirit” and uploading a video! Of course, the passages above say nothing about ‘denying’ the Holy Spirit. Clearly there is more to it than merely speaking certain words; if that were all it took, everyone who read that Bible verse aloud would have committed it!

But the fear of having committed this “unforgivable sin” can sometimes haunt Christians, usually because they are unclear about what exactly it is. What is the so-called “unforgivable sin”? And how can we know if we’ve committed it?

It is not merely an academic question; it’s something many Christians agonize over. Rev Dr Victor Shepherd, who has also been a pastor for several decades, describes some of his congregants’ fears:

I have been a pastor for 27 years. In that time I have had scores of people huddle in my study and confess what they could barely bring themselves to mention: falteringly they have croaked out what they regard as heinous, so heinous as to have been mentioned to no one else. They have poured out vile mixtures of vice, immorality, folly, even criminality. And I have told them with conviction that as wide and deep as their depravity is, God’s forgiveness is wider and deeper still. And I have assured them that however inexcusable, horrific, and even despicable the sin they have committed, they have not committed the “sin against the Holy Spirit.” And I have told them that Jesus Christ himself authorizes me to press all of this upon them.1

How is it possible that Dr Shepherd knows these people have not committed this “sin against the Holy Spirit”? In order to determine that, we first must understand exactly what Jesus was referring to.

First we should be careful to note that calling this “sin against the Holy Spirit” is misleading, as Dr Shepherd himself points out. What Jesus actually says is that “whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven” (Mark 3:29). Clearly “sin” and “blasphemy” are different since in Matthew 12:31 Jesus refers to “sin and blasphemy” separately. So what Jesus is talking about here is not merely sin but blasphemy. The Greek blasphe?mia means “vilification (especially against God): – blasphemy, evil speaking, railing.”2 So here the properly termed blasphemy against the Holy Spirit seems to refer to speaking evilly about God; not merely as a one-time utterance but as an active and ongoing opposition. It is to witness God’s goodness and call it (and continue to call it) evil.

What specific evil was spoken about God in Matthew 12 (Mark 3)?

In context, Jesus has been performing miracles, and the Pharisees, who have witnessed these miracles, claim that Jesus did these good works “by the power of Beelzebub [Satan]” (Matthew 12:24). Thus these Pharisees denied the power and authority of the Holy Spirit and attribute it instead to Satan! These Pharisees, “who, though they knew the miracles of Christ were wrought by the Spirit of God, yet maliciously and obstinately imputed them to the devil, with a view to obscure the glory of Christ, and indulge their own wicked passions and resentments against him.”3

This reinforces what we already know: That someone who has consciously rejected God cannot be saved, because they have rejected their only path to salvation: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) Since the power of God’s Holy Spirit is the means by which we are saved, a person who rejects Him cannot be saved.

Biblical scholar Ron Rhodes explains:

The Holy Spirit brings conviction upon people and leads their hearts to repentance, making people open and receptive to salvation in Jesus Christ. So the one who blasphemes the Holy Spirit effectively separates himself from the only one who can lead him on the path to salvation in Jesus Christ.4

What does this mean for the Christian who is worried that they have committed blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?

  1. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is not merely a certain sin or cursing God in a moment of anger or misery. Nor is it merely saying or writing the words “I blaspheme the Holy Spirit.” Any sin can be forgiven if a person honestly confesses, repents, and asks God for forgiveness, as Jesus Himself says in this passage: “people will be forgiven every sin and blasphemy” (Matthew 12:31) and as we read in 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
  2. Only someone who has totally closed themselves off from God’s love and marvelous offer of grace could be so calloused as to continually and unrepentantly call God and His glorious works “evil”.
  3. Thus, if you are worried that you have committed blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, you could not possibly have done it, for someone whose heart is so calloused would not be at all concerned about such a thing! Dr Shepherd comments that a person’s “apprehension is proof positive that the Holy Spirit hasn’t been blasphemed and the power of God maligned.”5

Doubt or weak faith are not the same as blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Dr Shepherd concludes:

The weakest faith; the most faltering discipleship; the most hesitant, doubt-filled following; honest doubt and genuine perplexity; all of this our Lord sees and notes and helps. None of it will he scorn or dismiss. And none of it must we ever, ever suggest to be anything approaching the blasphemy against the Spirit. Weak faith he strengthens; faltering faith he makes resolute; genuine perplexity he addresses. … He has nothing but compassion and help for all who cry that their struggle for faith is just that: a struggle.6

Friend, if you have accepted God’s glorious offer of forgiveness, confessed your sin, and pledged to give your life over to Him in faith, you are reborn. “In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith” (Galatians 3:26, TNIV). And for those who are in Christ there is no condemnation. (Romans 8:1) Therefore, “if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, TNIV)

If your soul has been tormented by fear that you have committed blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, know today that if the Spirit of God lives within you, you who are a new creation, you must not fear.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

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Notes:
1. Rev Dr Victor Shepherd, “The Sin Against The Holy Spirit,” n.p. Cited 28 January 2009. Online: http://www.victorshepherd.on.ca/sermons/the%20sin%20against%20the%20holy%20spirit.htm
2. Strong’s Hebrew & Greek Dictionaries entry G988, “blasphemia”
3. John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible, commentary on Matthew 12:31
4. Ron Rhodes, Commonly Misunderstood Bible Verses (Eugene: Harvest House Publishers, 2008), 141.
5. Shepherd. “The Sin Against The Holy Spirit.” n.p.
6. Ibid.

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237 Responses to “What is the “unforgivable sin?””

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Juli, please rest assured that you have not blasphemed the Holy Spirit . . . that is an act when you give the enemy Satan credit for a good work of God. In Mark 3, Jesus had driven out some demons and the “teachers of the law” ascribed His good deed to Satan. That’s when Jesus said, “28 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”

    Speaking in tongues is one of the special gifts that God gives as He chooses, but He doesn’t give them to everyone, even those who may desire it. He hasn’t to me either. And If God has not given you that gift; it is not an indication whether or not you are filled with the Spirit.

    You are filled with the Spirit by faith. So if you asked in faith to be filled, as you did, then, based on God’s command (Ephesians 5:18), and His promise (1 John 5:14-15 and Luke 11:13) you can know that you are now filled, even though you have had no dramatic emotional experience. Confirm this in your mind by thanking Him that He has filled you. Allow Him to develop, by His Spirit, the qualities that He wants to see in you.

  • Juli says:

    This is a very reassuring website. I really appreciate this information. Recently I was reminded of the unforgivable sin. It brought up in my mind a time when I was speaking with a friend about how I got weirder out when the whole congregation at a huge church began “speaking in tongues”….. My friend began to reassure me that speaking in tounges was nothing to fear and how great of a gift it was to be able to communicate with God. I agreed but then said, ” what if I don’t want to speak in tongues”. As he said, “it’s too late, you’re already going to”. I was scared of speaking to God…..I mean, that’s a big deal. I didn’t have any problems with prophecy or the spirit of healing or any other spirit…..I had honestly feared that that I wasn’t capable of handling actually communicating with him through tongues. In a nutshell, I have recently been really upset and trying to tell myself that because I was scared of it, that that wasn’t blaspheming against the spirit. The enemy has a great way of trying to distract you from doing God’s work. I still have to reassure myself that I haven’t blasphemed against the spirit. You really have to be awake and aware or the enemy can stifle your joy

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Dan, I well understand your mixed reaction to speaking in tongues because I have experienced both “forced” and “genuine” tongues. What I have observed is that Spirit-led speaking in tongues is almost always done in a private prayer-closet as part of worship. There are of course exceptions to this but public speaking in tongues must be interpreted by another person who is led by the Spirit with the objective of edifying the hearers. I may get some push-back on this as there is not 100 percent agreement in the Christian community as to the role of tongues in today’s time. But please do keep an open mind about how Christians may display the gifts of the Spirit differently.

    As far as suggesting that something, even speaking in tongues, is “fake because you have not experienced it” is no where close to committing the “unforgivable sin”. Not even in the same ball-park!

    When one’s heart is so hardened against the things of God that he is able to look at an obviously “good work brought about by the Holy Spirit’s influence” and say that it is a work of evil, that is “unforgivable” . . . but only because that person is unable to repent in their heart and seek forgiveness. Jesus is not saying, “If you do thus-and-so, then God will never forgive you.” What He is saying is that only a totally reprobate person can ascribe good to evil and such a person will not even think of repenting and seeking forgiveness.

    The very fact that you are concerned about your standing before God is testimony that you are one of His beloved children and that the Holy Spirit is bringing conviction into your heart. If you have been presumptions in your behavior to the extent you feel it was sinful, confess that to your Heavenly Father, ask the Holy Spirit to reform your sub-conscious about this (your conscious will subsequently reflect that change), and go forth with a clear conscious, knowing that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 Jn 1:9) Be blessed in all of this . . .

  • Dan says:

    Sorry I meant to say *someone asked me if speaking in tongues was fake and I said yes because I never experienced it or received it* please someone help

  • Dan says:

    Someone please help me, even though I read this article I still feel like I have done it. Someone asked me if speaking in tongues was fake and I said no because I never got it. I feel like god has left me please someone help!

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Hi Christine . . . each time you respond obediently to a gentle nudge from the Holy Spirit, you become more and more sensitive to His leading . . . so your reading the whole article is a big step in the “right direction” . . . ask the Spirit to lead you and pray that you can be more and more in God’s will for you on a daily basis.

    “So now, may the God of peace make you His own completely and set you apart from the rest. May your spirit, soul, and body be preserved, kept intact and wholly free from any sort of blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus the Anointed. For the God who calls you is faithful, and He can be trusted to make it so.” This is 1 Thess 5:23-24 . . . . Blessings . . .

  • christine says:

    thanks a lot. it helped me, i guess its the leading of the Holy Spirit why it came to a point that i have read the whole article :)

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    I am glad to hear that you struggle with your Chancellor’s comment. It is certainly true that education about the nature of and ways of God is critical to spiritual maturity and that you can only grow in trust as you learn more from Scripture about His steadfastness. However, we have to remember that James said, “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!” So even demons have been educated about God and believe He exists but they are still demons. So obviously, education is not what is most critical. It is in reality more critical that we advocate the Kingdom of God and advance the cause of Christ in response to His command that we make disciples in all nations.

    Interestingly, the word “Advocate” is used to describe Jesus Himself at 1 John 2:1, “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.”. So I say “Advocate, advocate, advocate the Son of God, the Kingdom of God, the love of God, eternal life with God!”

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  • Doris Beck Doris Beck says:

    You are so right Steven, that if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us from our sins. Sometimes I feel like I have to almost spiritual ‘hyperventilate’ when I am dealing with recurring sin…remember that we need to breathe spiritually…exhale, confess our sins and ask for God’s forgiveness, and then inhale, allow God by His Holy Spirit to fill our lives anew as we are commanded to in Ephesians 5:18 and as He promises He will.

    Jordan, may I suggest that you might find it really helpful to read the following article, http://powertochange.com/experience/spiritual-growth/oxygen/ Use your Bible to look up the verses that are mentioned in that article as well. And remember we do have online mentors waiting to walk alongside of you on your journey….http://powertochange.com/discover/talk-to-a-mentor/

  • steven says:

    To Jordan
    Well all I.can say is don’t give up I’ve been going through a really hard time but I feel that is to make me doubt or give up. But we need not to give.up he will help us don’t focus on ur sin focus on Jesus he’s the way that’s been helping me these past two days and if it’s friends helping u causing u to do it our company definitely has an effect on how we act for sure I can tell you that by experience by being.the.company and doing.what the company is doing. But do not give up on asking him to helpyou and your husband

  • jordan says:

    I do pray about it and I’ve been doing somewhat better but it’s hard when I’m around my husband and friends. I’ve always had a problem with it. I don’t drink, smoke, or do drugs lol my worst problem is my mouth.

  • steven says:

    Oh that’s to you Jordan sorry

  • steven says:

    To kristen
    Well Kristen I’ve just actually started my journey God about 4 years ago made me know he exists. Before that I’ve been atheism but I haven’t yielded to him but like 3 and a half months ago. And it’s been a battle thinking I’m hopeless because I didn’t yield to him right away and I’ve only been able to because of him. My addiction to certain sins I’ve probably only tried stopping a couple times and.That’s why I feel doomed sometimes hope just the enemy trying to stop me. Cause I feel l I feel like I didn’t try to ask him for help or try hard enough to stop sinning. But what I can say is that don’t think cursing is really a good thing at all but all sin is equally bad all we need to make sure were doing is confessing it and tell him ur having troubles and ask with all ur heart for help from he absolutely will help. If we confess our sins he is faithful to forgive us, and pray for your husband.To but talk to him as well man and wife are one and.I believe can help each other and ask God together marriage is a bond

  • jordan says:

    I’m a saved Christian and I’ve been burden with the fact that I can not stop cussing. I’ve been trying my hardest to stop but it is hard for me. Is god going to send me to hell for cussing. I don’t mean to its just been a part of my life for so long it’s hard to stop not to mention my husband cussing a lot and claims he is saved his self. I feel bad that I cuss and know that everyone is going to sin. I just need some help on the subject.

  • Kristen says:

    I have been plagued by horrible, persistent thoughts for four years. I have constant daily thoughts about horrible things concerning God. I was told that I must let go of these thoughts to move on in life, accepting that I’m forgiven. Finally, I let them go. A thought came to me last night, the very day I sought to try and let things go. Mind you, I was saved at 15; I am now 20. I have not been baptized yet. Anyhow, I had a thought that “Jesus was of the devil.” I was only thinking it. All of the sudden, my mind went numb and I couldn’t feel emotion. I had this for the rest of the night until I woke up with a pounding heart. I still couldn’t feel emotions, but I knew what was going on. I fell asleep again to wake up to find my emotions back. They were worse than ever before. I was so beyond crying. I feel doomed. I feel like I cannot be forgiven. I feel too guilty. After fighting these thoughts for years, it was pure torture. I feel like I finally did it. I still want Jesus to forgive me, but I feel like I can’t. I’m deeply disturbed, yet feel hopeless.

  • Steven says:

    Thank you Jamie you brought tears to my eyes. Trying to get rid of these fears so hard just need to focus on Jesus and what he’s done. I do wish I had some true believers around me it makes it that much harder seeking on my own. But I do feel comforted at times then the fears and axiety come right back at me scaring me and making me feel hopeless. Thank you so much for your comment keep praying for me I don’t want to be selfish cause I can’t save myself no one else can either only jesus can.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Steven, I can hear your anxiety in your words and I want to remind you that Jesus comes to us with peace and love, not fear. He said, “Come to Me all of you who are weary and weighed down; I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) Jesus knows that you have sinned and He came because He knows that you can’t get yourself out of it; “Those who are well don’t need a doctor, but those who are sick do. I have not come to call the righteous but the sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:32) Think about the demon possessed people who Jesus reached out to; they were clearly captive to sin, but Jesus set them free. Jesus said “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that through Him the world would be saved.” (John 3:17) Is that what you are looking for Steven?

    If you would like to be set free from the anxiety and fear of sin then trust that Jesus’ death paid the penalty for your sin. That old hymn has got it right when we sing, “Jesus paid it ALL; All to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.” Thank Him for His sacrifice on your behalf and ask Him to guide you and keep you from falling away. When you do lose your focus on Him, confess it, and then follow His leading for how to move forward again.

    Heavenly Father, I pray for Steven and ask that he would discover the freedom that Jesus brings. I pray that he would find a family of believers who can walk with him as he follows You. Bring peace and assurance to his mind and heart. Amen.

  • Steven says:

    Actually call me please I’m so so scared someone said even if uve been enlightened by the word of god learning the word of god and turn away that it’s unforgivable but I never even stopped my sin because of my addiction terrified please call [it is our policy not to publish personal contact information]

  • Steven says:

    Please help I am in tears right now and lost and confused I’ve never been reborn but I knew I needed god but didn’t know how to stop my sin. And eventually I was on drugs one night and saw aweful things didn’t duly understand what happened so continued smoking in life then months later smoked one day and had an anxiety attack and thought I was dead and in hell. Still confused eventually I my addictions had been broke and seeking god now but feel there is no hope for me. I’m so desperate and scared I don’t wanna go to hell forever. I knew I needed The Lord but didn’t know how do get out of my sin I pray and seek him now but my fears and anxieties attack me in my brain especially after learning about the unpardonable sin it’s tearing me up inside. ANYONE

  • Julie says:

    Hi
    allie
    If you committed the unforgivable sin, you wouldn’t be at this website asking or worrying about it. It’s like an atheist, they don’t care about the Lord, you have a sensitive heart and you are concerned. Those who have committed true blasphemy would not he pouring there heart out. Our preacher where I go to Worship, said that none of us would be sitting there if we committed the unforgivable sin.. Let your heart rest on this thought, talk to God and accept his forgiveness and allow your self to be forgiven. Confess and REPENT … don’t pick up the same sin and continuing sinning the same sin you confessed.. God can change us, if we are open minded and are truly committed to Him… life will be much smoother and you will develop a closer relationship with Him.. you will still have ups and downs, we all do, but stay strong and run the good race, stay on the narrow path, the path least followed.

  • Grace says:

    Also, Jesus says, Deny me and I will deny you. I remember denying Christ in my thoughts and accidently speaking it out loud in front of my friends. I am really scared. Please help?!

  • Grace says:

    I have been having terrible thoughts about the Holy Spirit. I am honestly trying to repent but it feels like I cannot. Also, when I was looking on Wikipedia that they wrote “unforgivable sins” I did not know there were more and I am afraid I may have committed them. And when I was reading my Bible, it talked about lust. I am having those thoughts too, and I thought about it even with Jesus. This sounds crazy, but it’s true. Please help me! Are there really more Unforgivable sins!? Will I die in the Lake of Fire because I am not repenting?!

  • Julie says:

    Hi Angie
    I have been where you are now and it’s a horrible feeling.. Once God forgives us, He looks at our sin no more.. isn’t that something.. but, I’ve been where you are where I could not forgive my self and I lived with so much regret.. it will only hold you back from deepening your relationship with the Lord, so when you pray tell him what a difficult time your having, forgiving yourself and that you want a deeper relationship with Him.. the first and greatest command is to love the Lord with all our heart soul and mind Matt 23:27. Don’t keep picking up past sins.. and pray that God will help you to let go of the past.. it’s difficult to move forward in life if we are holding onto the past…. remember commands are not suggestions.
    He will help you.. if you ask and if you have to keep asking and working on yourself, pray until that prayer is answered…seek, knock.. never give up. Once your free of the past in your heart and mind, you’ll feel so free…remember He’s already forgiven you… read scriptures that focus on faith. build your faith up, it’s a life time thing.. just think when your filled up with unshakable faith, you’ll be able to pray and let it go and you’ll believe that your prayers will be answered..
    blessing to you
    Julie

  • Angie Nieto says:

    Will God forgive me if I repented then continued self wallowing at what happened and was still mad at myself? I couldnt forgive myself at the time and now im afraid I blasphmised the holy spirit :(

  • Julie says:

    there is an error in the paragraph above that reads What does this mean for the Christian who is worried that they have committed blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?
    #1 Partial paragraph,Jesus Himself says in this passage: “people will be forgiven every sin and blasphemy” (Matthew 12:31) Read Matthew 12:31 it does not mention that we will be forgiven for blasphemy it reads the very opposite Matthew 12:31 reads And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.. this is what the topic is about Blasphemy against the Spirit the Holy Spirit…… Blasphemy against the Spirit will NOT be forgiven… vs32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will NOT be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. This is why you have to read the Word of God for your self, not to totally depend on the preacher or teacher or articles.. not all preachers preach the truth.. even the Bible mentions false preachers..

  • Ann-Olivia says:

    I’m scared I have committed this. The thought came into my mind that the H.S. had demons. I didn’t believe it, and I prayed to the Holy Spirit for forgiveness. I just want to know I’m forgiven. Did I commit this? I have to know that God forgives me and that the Holy Spirit is still with me and loves me. Please help me.

  • Doris Beck Doris Beck says:

    Allie,
    May I just also add a note here for you. You mentioned in an earlier comment that you talked to a mentor from “IssuesIFace” and that helped. Continue to correspond with that mentor as you deal with this and that person will continue to pray for you as well.

    You also said that ‘I know it should have helped but I still don’t feel forgiven.’ One of the lies that Satan wants us to believe is that our feelings are trustworthy. Unfortunately, they aren’t always!! Instead, God and His word is the most true thing in our lives and we need to remind ourselves of that often, that faith is not a feeling. So continue to claim scripture. As I mentioned in my note to Gianna above, God promises us that as long as we confess our sins, then He is faithful and just to forgive us from all unrighteousness.(see I John 1:9) So when you ‘don’t feel’ forgiven, then read that verse again and claim it for your life. God keeps His word and You can count on that!

  • Doris Beck Doris Beck says:

    Leslie,
    Thank you for your comment with those excellent thoughts on this matter. You are absolutely right in saying that as long as we are concerned that we have committed the unpardonable sin, we haven’t! Because we still want to be in right relationship with God!

    God promises us that as long as we confess our sins, then He is faithful and just to forgive us from all unrighteousness.(see I John 1:9)

    Gianna, Leslie has some great practical points in her comment which I would encourage you to try:
    1. Talk to God
    2. Pray for peace in your life, your mind and your heart.
    3. Read your Bible and as you read, ask the Holy Spirit to comfort and guide you.

    To this I would add a fourth point
    4. Meditate on scripture verses and when the enemy tries to accuse you, remind yourself of the truth of God’s word. Just as Jesus did when tempted by Satan in the wilderness, come back with scripture.

    Let me pray for you too,
    Heavenly Father I pray for Gianna today and ask that You would fill her heart and mind with peace today. Lord You promise that we can bring our anxious thoughts to you and you will fill our hearts with a peace that passes all understanding(Philippians 4:4-7). Would you do that for her today? Thank You Lord that You are faithful and that we can depend on You because You never change. Amen.

  • Leslie says:

    Gianna…Jesus tells us to forgive others 7 x 70 which means that as long as someone asks to be forgiven, you must forgive them. Jesus certainly wouldn’t ask you to do something that He isn’t willing to do. Besides, you’re missing the bigger picture. The Pharasies had hardened their hearts against Jesus. They knew He was sent from God, but they refused to accept Him as the Messiah. They were afraid of losing their own authority and power over the people. Jesus didn’t condemn them…they condemned themselves. ANYTHING you ask for forgiveness from, you will be forgiven because it is only by God’s grace and the work of the Holy Spirit, who draws you to God, that you even know that you have a need for forgiveness. It is the Holy Spirit that convicts us when we sin. IF anyone is beyond God’s Grace, they will simply no longer care about anything having to do with God or Jesus. They will no longer feel any need for forgiveness and if they die that way, they will spend eternity in hell. But as long as you desire a relationship with Jesus and accept what He did on the Cross as payment for your sins and believe that He rose from the grave and is in Heaven now preparing a place for us, you are a Child of the Most High God and you don’t have to worry about those terrible things that run through your mind. God knows your heart and that’s what He wants. Satan will try to get in your head and scare you, but that’s all he can do. Satan has no real power over God’s children. Don’t let the devil steal your joy. Believe me, I have been right where you are now. God doesn’t want you to live in fear and torment. Talk to God, pray for peace in your life, your mind, and your heart. Read your Bible and let the Holy Spirit comfort you and guide you. I have spent a lot of time researching this subject. I was tormented day and night with bad thoughts and the worry that I was doomed for hell. But I have been set free from that bondage. I had picked those verses out of Matthew, Mark, and Luke that scared me and I obssessed over them. For a while it felt like I was living in a hell on earth. Don’t do that to yourself. God loves you and He wants a relationship with you. God is only a prayer away and He’s waiting for you. Let His Holy Spirit comfort you. I pray that God will give you peace over your situation.

  • Sharon Sharon says:

    oops it went off before I finished- I pray all of this in JESUS name amen. I am praying for you Gianna from sharon

  • Sharon Sharon says:

    to Gianna– thank you for your comment.– I had and sometimes have violent thoughts but I say in the bible Philippians 4. what ever is true and pure and honest think on these things I would say them often and also say a prayer saying God I repent of my thoughts prayer God I pray peace over Gianna in her thoughts peace that passes all understanding, give her dreams and visions of you God with her and a healing over her thought life and in the name of JESUS Satan leave her thought life alone She is Gods and I pray that you will wash her thought life like new and bring other Christians along her path to encourage her, I pray all of this in

  • Gianna says:

    Thank you Victoria. What I mean was Satan keeps crawling into my head and saying that God is evil. That’s why I am scared. I do not believe this in my heart but that’s why I’m scared.

  • Victoria says:

    To Aille the that can forgive all sins I mean look at Paul he read the story of Paul.he thought the same things.he was a phrases and he killed thousands of Christians .but he repented listen Aille God knows your heart more then you do he made you.God forgives all sins.it’s when you harden your how can God forgive your heart is harden heart.if your heart is harden then do feel sorry for your sin. I tell why it’s the holy spirit correcting you.

  • Allie says:

    I’m so sorry. All the people trying to help an me not being happy that I haven’t committed this sin, but I am still so AFRAID!I honestly think I have done it. I am so scared God is going to judge me when I die for thinking what the Pharisses said. I am so scared I’m going to hell. I really want to go to heaven.

  • Sharon Sharon says:

    to Aswanash Alehim– I didn’t and don’t delete any messages I don’t know if its me or the other Sharon but in any case we don’t delete messages I don’t know who/

  • aswanash alehim says:

    to Sharon

    if there ish any danger to my shnektale sanh’mael will destroy that threat

    no one can ever touch son of man, if touch …

    imri

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