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

  • Shelley Shelley says:

    Dear Father God.

    Lord I lift up Angela to you that you will bless her beyond measure. In Jesus Name Amen

  • Angela says:

    I would like to personally thank the author or authors of this site! You have really helped me with some very tough questions thank you for listening and responding. And I thank the Lord for this website. May God bless you greatly in your ministry.

  • Angela says:

    Bless it..lol sorry for two messages..the first time it said it wouldn’t take it so I wrote another.:)

  • Angela says:

    Oh chris, my heart gorse out to you…I pray that you turn your life over to Jesus. I mean you said so yourself that you believe in Jesus and that you know that He died for your sins and that He could help you…allow Him to. Repent and ask for forgiveness of all your many sins and accept Him into your life. And yes the enemy can put thoughts into your head he wants you to be against God…and what your believing about yourself in all his lies…Jesus said that satan was the father of lies and how else do you think he attacks you but through the mind..I mean serious you don’t see a little man dressed in red and horns talking to you in person do you? Also, thought I might add tHat I was reading in 2 corinthians 11 Paul was addressing them and talking about forgiveness “so that no advantage would be taken of us by satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes. This strongly implies that satan attacks the believers mind. Look I’m not saying that being a Christian is easy because it’s not…trying to live against the sinfulness of our flesh but we have the best offense and defense on our side…Jesus. I can’t do it alone it is only through Him and His Spirit. The only thing I can say of myself is that I try to do what is right and I embrace the truth and embrace righteousness. But it not what I have done it’s who He is and it’s not who I am it what He has done for me. I’m so thankful for my salvation through Christ Jesus because I have been the outcast and the lost cause and I know that He still loves me and He has washed me clean of all my sins. I want my life to to be a reflection of Him out of gratitude and love for Him and my Father who sent Him. So you haven’t committed the unpardonable sin and don’t sell yourself short. Because loves us all and doesn’t want to see any of us perish..hell is in tented for satan and his demons not for us…that doesn’t mean that plenty of people won’t be there unfortunately but it was never for us. Please I don’t know you personally but I feel you are a tormented soul and I pray for and truly I want the best for you. And the best is Christ Jesus our Lord. You will not be disappointed.

  • Angela says:

    Oh chris, I hope and pray for your soul…I really wish that you would turn away from your sinful ways and live a life led by Christ…He has done so much for me and you and it is God hope that we will all come to know and accept His free and most wonderful gift of salvation through His precious Son Jesus Christ. GOD doesn’t want any of us to go to hell and that is a place intended for satan and his demonic angels. Not for us intentionally however He knows that not all will be saved. I’m not going to lie to you trying to live right isn’t easy even when you are saved quite frankly it’s hard a lot of times but I try my best because I know Jesus has saved me and I want to the will of my Father in heaven I want my life to be a reflection of my Lord and Savior. Out of love and respect and gratitude for what my Lord did for me on the cross and to my Father for His wonderful Grace and Mercy for offering up His precious Son for our sins. You know that Jesus died on the cross..you said so yourself and you know that He can help you. Why hate God when He loves you so much and it’s true chris. Please repent and ask for forgivness for all your many sins and accept the Lord into your life. You don’t want to spend eternity in hell. We can’t even imagine how horrible that is and frankly I don’t want to…but I know it forever suffering. Please God has something for all of us. Hope to see in heaven. Your loving friend in Christ.

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Angela, I can see where some confusion about this can come about because the lead article admits, “the fear of having committed this ‘unforgivable sin’ can sometimes haunt Christians, usually because they are unclear about what exactly it is.” So you are not alone in being concerned to always give God the thanks and glory He so richly deserves for His goodness, for as James 1:17 tells us, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father.”

    The author goes on to define blasphemy against the Holy Spirit to be “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.”

    So to answer your question, if you gave God the glory for something that really came from yourself or Satan, that is the opposite of “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit ” because you did not say anything evil against God.

    It also helps to know that Jesus distinguishes between “sin” and “blasphemy” in Matthew 12:31 . . . He says, “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.” This is why the article can tell us that blasphemy is not like cursing God or saying I blaspheme the Holy Spirit in a moment of anger or misery as that would be a sin and can be forgiven. Blasphemy is to witness God’s goodness and call it (and continue to call it) evil.

    “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”.

    The author concludes “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! ”

    Abba, Father, I pray in Jesus’ name that this brief re-telling of the lead article will help Angela come to a state of total peace regarding blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Amen.

    PS: To answer your latter questions, you said you know these “bad thoughts” are not true so you can be assured of your salvation. Perhaps it would help if you concentrated on reading some of the Psalms that praise God like Psalm 119 for awhile.

  • Angela says:

    Please help me because I think I had opened up and was talking to a coworker about a lot of thoughts I had and was trying to see if I wasn’t alone I suppose… anyways I think she might have told someone that someone that thinks that isn’t saved or isn’t with Jesus? And it really bothers me.

  • Angela says:

    Also I think I suffer from OCD so I go thru a ritual of thoughts repeat one is Jesus Christ is Lord and another is putting on the armor of God…here’s the thing I think I got so caught up in dwelling on the bad thoughts and worrying about the unpardonable I think I begin to second guess every time I would think something good and truthful about the Lord I would anticipate a negative thought…anyways its got to the point that when I think or say Jesus Christ is Lord this little voice in the back of my head says no he isn’t or the armor of God…that doesn’t work or even garbage in the back of my head…it bothers me so much because I worry about what’s in my heart or if I will harden my heart by thinking this or will Jesus be like we’ll I am Lord and you of all people should know this why do you keep thinking these thoughts but it can be anything even when I read the bible I can read something about the Father Jesus and the Holy Spirit and my mind will pop off something like that that’s rebellious. Thing is I know myself it’s not true but why can’t I stop it…and the thing that really bothers me is the thought of the way a man think eh is what’s in his heart and that scares me so bad…can you harden you heart by thoughts? And I must confess it kinda takes me away from God a bit because I’m scared why does this keep coming in my head if I know it’s not true and further more is that the what’s in my heart..because if it is I don’t want it there I don’t like it

  • Angela says:

    Hey like the thoughts that go thru people’s head about Jesus and Satan and thinking the wrong thing outta fear or because satan anyways when you have blasphemous thoughts against the Holy Spirit do ask the Lord for forgivness of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit in thinking? Or is that wrong to say Lord forgive me of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit only talking about Jesus’ s day when the pharsees knew that Jesus was the Son of God and they blatantly said his work was the work of evil forces? What if in your thinking You think that God lead you to something or showed you something and maybe it was really you or Satan and you gave the glory to God would that mean you have commited the unpardonable sin?

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Victoria, it is wonderful that your love for God makes you so much want to not sin against Him. That alone is assurance that you are no where close to committing the unforgivable sin (a heart so hardened that it gives Satan credit for the good things God is doing). That verse at Philippians 4:6 would suggest that the peace you do have is God’s peace that He is giving you because of your prayers and thankfulness.

    There are other places in Scripture where God tells us His love provides peace and overcomes fear and worry (John 16:33), that we are to cast our worries on Him (Psalm 55:22), that when you are anxious, Christ brings you joy (Psalm 94:19) and that worshiping God is more important than worrying (Luke 10:41-42). He also tells us that fretting, worrying, causes harm! (Psalm 36:8)

    So let me courage you to ponder these verses and ask God to help you change the way you are thinking. Be positive and memorize Scriptures to help you control your worries. Ask God to give you peace and joy instead of worry and to change the way you think about these things.

    Abba, Father, I pray that You will draw Victoria close to You. Give her heart a big, heavenly hug. Fill her mind with the peace that only You can give. Bless Victoria ‘s life with a joy that comes from deep inside. Give her strength for this day and hope for tomorrow. And most of all, may she know that You are always close to her, from this day and forever . . .

  • victoria says:

    Elkay I do get worried about committing the unforgivable sin.know that I don’t worry as much because I now what is now.but I still worry about it because I love God but I feel some peace of mind knowing what this sin is but I believe that God will balance between worry and peace. Because I think he still wants me to be convicted of this sin is that right please help me understand.

  • victoria says:

    I do worry about committing the unforgivable sin because I love God but I know what the unforgivable sin is because I am not willing to harden my heart so their I am as worried as I was know the I know about the unforgivable sin is. But that does not mean that I am not worried at all because I want to love God. But now the I know does God take that worry away and he will still convict me form his Holy spirit I am asking you this because I don’t want to commit the unforgivable sin or other sins because I love God is he giving peace.so I don’t worry so much .because I want to have peace or does God want me to worry . I think God wants a balance between worry and peace please help me understand that correctly .

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Victoria, it is super to hear that you are no longer worried about having committed the unforgivable sin! It is also great that you are still concerned about other kinds of sin as these are forgivable.

    Please though, don’t “worry about not worrying”. When I read your post, I immediately thought of the “peace that exceeds” and here at Philippians 4:6-7, Paul says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (NLT)

    So take this verse to heart: don’t worry, instead pray about everything and experience God’s peace and thank Him for that!

  • victoria says:

    I was worried I that have committed the unforgivable sin but I know what the unforgettable sin is now . And there for I don’t worry as much because it know what the unforgivable sin is. So I am getting worried about not worrying because I what to be careful about my sins. Is God trying to give my peace or is it false peace . Please help me understand.

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Hello, Chris. You are right that the Person who died on the Cross is the Helper you need and He is surely more than qualified to handle your situation. All men are covered with sins, internal and external. (Rom 3:23-26) My sins and yours are not really different; both are infinite in that they are committed against God whose majesty is infinite. Thus we both need an infinite satisfaction and Christ, the only Son of God the Father, being God Himself, is infinite and His sacrifice on the Cross fully satisfied the justice of God and incurred the punishment due all mankind (Isaiah 53:11).

    In other words, my sins and yours added together are nothing compared to the price Jesus paid on the Cross so please be assured that your sins are forgivable. An awareness of sins, a personal sense of responsibility and honesty about the deep nature of sin point towards saving grace.

    Paul knew that nothing good dwelt in him and that he could not do the good he wanted because of his inner sins (Rom 7:17-18) “But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.” (Rom 5:20) The love of God is that this grace is freely available to you and me. There was a life-long thief on a cross beside Christ and all he did was ask to be remembered. “It is God who justifies.” (Rom 8:33)

    Heavenly Father, please help Chris know that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from Your love. That no power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Thank You, Abba Father. Amen.

  • Chris says:

    Angela,

    I went through the same thing for quite some time. until i finally owned up to my indiscretions and decided what i stood for. not for anyone else, regardless of how i wanted to be seen, completely and painfully honest with myself. I apologize for how awful this sounds and in no way am I happy that you are going through it, but its nice to finally hear it from someone other than myself. i am sure this will be of little help to you but ill say it none the less. your very worry is your saving grace. the fact that these “thoughts” and even the actions bother you show that you are worthy of redemption.
    it is those of us who enjoy those wicked thoughts, who nurture them, plan them out and act upon them with contemptuous smiles upon our faces who ought to be worried. i am the definition of “ye of little faith” and my hatred and corruption has become the roots of my very soul. I have not told many people of this because these are not issues that anyone ive ever met are qualified to handle. the only one who could have possibly helped died on the cross and because of my years of hatred for god, rigorous blaspheming, and thorough sinning i know i am now and forever will be unforgivable, even by him. i know someone who reads this is going to think that i am wrong and can be forgiven, but that would require for me to regret my curses of god and I cannot do that when i believe my cause is just. it would also require me to abstain from sin and i know that this i can not do for any length of time. I envy those of you who walk in the light unperturbed by the call of sin. ive tried to walk that path but my my own devious soul could not abide such falsehood, not that it is false to follow god, just that it would be false for me to even try. my soul is already in hell, the only thing left is for my body to join it.As for you i say this, your mind is an ocean of thought droplets Angela, there is no way to isolate a single drop of water while it is still a part of the ocean. you must single them out one at a time. thoughts can not be “defeated” such as your request for help implies, however, they can be rectified by consciously confronting them and CHOOSING your standpoint on them. This is how you can and will win. these people here who tell you its the devil or demons attacking your mind are full of it, and should be ashamed of themselves if they call themselves christians. they should know that the devil and his minions flee at your command when done so in Jesus’s name. that leaves only you who is responsible for these “thoughts and actions”. being honest with yourself about who you are is the first step. Do not doubt yourself anymore if you truly want to take control of your mind. and remember (matthew recalls jesus’s words) “Can any of you add a single hour to the length of your life by worrying? have a cookie, smoke what you like and get some well deserved rest.go ahead take a pill if it helps, im pretty sure that god wont mind. anyway im off to violate the ten commandments again so best of luck to you dear Angela

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Angela, it is heartwarming to read about your deep faith, many blessings and glory given to God . . . especially while you are being attacked by Satan, the Father of lies as Jesus called him! It is a great testimony to know that where you are weak, He Jesus is strong so keep on giving Him your battles as He has already defeated Satan.

    You can be encouraged in your struggle against wrong thoughts that keep coming back by sharing Paul’s experience (and this is common to most all humans as we are in a fallen condition this side of the Cross) that he describes at Rom 7:15: “I don’t understand why I act the way I do. I don’t do what I know is right. I do the things I hate.” Like Paul then, continue to confess knowing that God is faithful to forgive and ask for future strength to put them away.

    One thing Jesus did tell us is the importance of filling your “house” with clean spirits just after He has swept all the evil ones away (after your confessions- you can read this at Luke 11:24). Paul gives us practical advice about how to do this at Phil. 4:8 where he tells us to think about things that are true, worthy of respect, just, pure, lovely, commendable, and excellent or praiseworthy. Fill your thought life with such matters, especially by memorizing and recalling Scripture because it is the only source for knowing what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and of good repute.

    I have found it helpful to focus my thoughts on things that are lovely meaning pleasing, agreeable, and attractive. Jesus Christ is inherently attractive, and so we should think most often on our lovely Savior, who gave Himself for us on the cross. And this may well help you abstain from smoking, knowing that your body is the home for His Spirit, especially if you will ask Him to take that unattractive desire from you.

  • Angela says:

    Ok, I constantly ask for forgiveness thru out the day for thoughts..that is of course my trouble area and sometimes at night when I pray I will ask for forgiveness of specific thoughts and confess them and then I might say please forgive me of all my impure sinful thoughts those confessed and those unconfirmed those Remembered those forgotten and known and unknown…OK well sometimes I’ll have a thoughts out of the blue past sin pop into my head sometimes I think it’s just satan sometimes I have wondered would the Holy Spirit might bring back past sin so that you would properly ask for forgivness…now bear in mind this was before i was saved. This sinful thought. And if you ask the father for forgivness for all your many sins everyday sometimes the ones you blantly confess and just overall all sinful thought sinful words actions and deeds will he forgive you or do you have to always confess each one? Also, would the Holy Spirit bring back to your mind a sin that you didn’t maybe come right out and confess specifically but you not only confess a lot of sins but you asked the the Lord to forgive you of all your many sins? Another question when sinful actions from the past come to mind even though you don’t want it should you ask the Father to forgive you for allowing that Thought or that past offense come to mind? I battle with that in mind whether satan just brought back to mind or for some crazy reason I did or is it the Holy Spirit bringing it back to my mind for proper repentance but when I go to bed at nite and I pray Father please forgive me of all my many sind plus a lot I confess individually I believe that I’m forgiven for that day and before so is me thinking it could be the Holy Spirit wrong? And I try to weigh is this something from God? But then maybe I put too much thought into it that I confuse myself. Also, can one ever lose salvation…I choose to believe not but I have a problem in the area of thoughts whether it’s me that worries so much and some of the same things that I have already ask for forgivness for come back into my head and I have to ask for forgivness for again…and then there is the problem with smoking it bothers me because I know my body is the Holy temple of God but I struggle with and sometimes I have fear what if you keep repeating the sin and continually asking for forgivness will God be like we’ll every time you ask for forgivness you know in your heart your going to turn around and do it again? But I keep thinking once I grow stronger in Christ and learn to battle these obsessive thoughts and get them under control I am definitely going to try and quit smoking…but I have tried and sometimes I becomes anxious and I’ll and I have really bad thoughts especially towards God and it hurts me because my Father my Saviour and the Holy Spirit doesn’t deserve that…I can honestly say that my precious Father thru my Lord and Savior has blessed me tremendously and I give God all the Honor and Glory because God has truly helped me thru a lot of thoughts that I have suffered with I’ve had every possible bad thought you can think of come thru my head and I look at it like this I didn’t help myself I can’t do it but God can and I have faith that He will. But I still battle everyday and may for the rest of my life but I know one thing I’m not giving up the battle no matter what satan throws at me. I may be weak but my God is strong and I may not have the power to battle satan myself but I have the most awesome and true defense on my side and that is God the Father God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Where I’m weak He is song where I fail He will prevail. So to all of you that are suffering from terrible thoughts know this give it to God be honest and confess but ask Him to give you strength thru His most glorious Holy Spirit and stay strong in the Lord a lot of it is satan. He is our greatest adversary…and do you think for a moment he wants you to win the battle just when you’ve gotten over the hurdle he tries to bring you right back down again..these are the voices these are the lies. Satan is a wicked tormented soul and he wants to torment you too because if you are in Christ he knows what you are in store for and he wants you to take your eye of the prize so that you will not have the faith that you should. But I tell you what. I’m not given up the fight if I have to fight till the day I die I will because my Savior never quit fighting for me. May God bless you all. Remember greater is He (Jesus) who dwells in you, than he (satan) who dwells in the world.

  • Jackson says:

    I’ll wouldn’t listen to the voices it’s nothing but a harmless spider

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Jackson, I don’t think you would want to ignore all of the “voice-thoughts” that come into your head because some of them are from the Holy Spirit and are for your benefit. Take every thought and evaluate it by the criteria suggested in the earlier posting, or better yet, go to http://thelife.com/challenges/is-that-you-god, and read a more detailed answer. If the thought is from our enemy, then take the opposite of that thought and use it to develop “a garment of praise” to God . . . furthermore, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7). It may take time for the devil to begin to leave you once he sees how you are rejecting him and praising God, he will go.

    Another very important approach is to “develop a Christian thought life.” Let me quote from the bible.org lesson listed below . . . “In Philippians 4:8 Paul exhorts us to develop a Christian thought life. Practicing verse 8 is essential if we want to develop and maintain healthy relationships (4:2-3, 5). A Christian thought life is also integral to a life of joy (4:4) and peace (4:6-7) in every situation.”

    If you will go to https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-25-christian-s-thought-life-philippians-48 , you will find very practical teachings about developing a Christian thought life about “that which is true, dignified, right, pure, lovely, of good repute; that which is virtuous and worthy of praise.”

    So there is more to do than ignoring the voices . . . lots of other people have faced this challenge and very helpful advice is easy to find. Please do visit both of the web pages identified here and prayerfully put them into your life.

  • Jackson says:

    So do I just ignore the. And start praising god

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    A number of people seem to be having trouble with “thoughts” and it is in God’s providence that the following very helpful excerpt is from Power to Change’s devotional.

    God made us. Jesus paid for our sins and the Holy Spirit lives within us. Once we ask Jesus into our heart, He plants the Holy Spirit there for all of our life, as counselor, guide and provider of peace, becoming the strength for our weakness and revealing Jesus’ purpose for our lives.

    When the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives He speaks to us. But that does not mean that every thought that runs through our heads is from God? Satan does come whispering and has capacity to influence our inner conversation.

    Satan’s whispers can be very subtle and can be disguised as the voice of truth but have only one purpose: to do harm through discouragement, temptation, frustration, depression or despair, His goal is always to cripple our spiritual vitality, and prevent us from obeying and serving God.

    The voice of our enemy comes with messages like these:
    1) You blew it last time and you’re sure to blow it again.
    2) You’re no good: too timid, too stupid, too shy, too ugly.
    3) You are all alone here.
    4) God is mad at you.
    5) God will never help someone like you.
    So if you feel defeated or hopeless, that’s a good sign that Satan is at work within your inner world.

    The voice of the Holy Spirit is very different and is always for edification, to lift you up, to encourage you, to bring strength, faith, joy, and peace.
    The messages of the Spirit are like these:
    1) You are my beloved child. I died for you.
    2) You do not need to do anything to please me. I love you already.
    3) You are mine forever.
    4) There is no sin so serious that I have not forgiven you.

    Does this mean that the voice of the Holy Spirit always makes us feel good? No, for sometimes we sin and the voice of God will bring discipline and correction. The difference is that Satan brings judgment and condemnation; God comes with conviction and a way forward.

    Satan tempts us with rationalization, excuses, and lies that prevent us from dealing with the sin. He nurses our pain and whispers that we should stay away from God.

    God does exactly the opposite. He does not minimize or dismiss our sin but He reminds us that our sin is covered. If we confess and repent we can be free. The voice of God shows us a way out and gives us the strength to do the hard work of making amends.

    It is not how the voice sounds, but rather what the voice says that lets you know who is speaking. Recognizing the voice of God takes practice but the litmus test is very simple. The next time you hear a whisper ask yourself, “Is this keeping me trapped and away from God or is it moving me forward toward God and obedience?”

    Right now, whisper the name ‘Jesus’ to become aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit within your heart. He is there with you, ready to lead, guide and keep you focused on Jesus. Whisper Jesus’ name tomorrow morning too, as soon as you wake up.

    Lord, I thank You that you have not left me alone and that the Holy Spirit gives me direction, godly wisdom and reminds me of my sin. Amen.

  • Bob says:

    I mean repeant

  • Bob says:

    Can I be for given. I was lying down half a sleep and I had thoughts in my head blaspheming things about god (saying he was evil) stuff like that I asked for forgiveness. But I thought my thought said other things about god (in a bad way) blaspheme and stuff like that but I can’t remember what I my thoughts said and if it was balspheming. And can I be forgiven and how can I stop the thoughts, and if I praise Jesus when those thoughts come and I hear a voice saying balphemeings do I stop and repeat or keep on going.

  • Jackson says:

    Please help me. I was laying down and then these blasphemes thoughts. I was repenting but then I forgot what I was going to say. So I thought of every blaspheme and repented. So what do I do will I go to hell? I didn’t mean what I was going to say. No blaspheme that I say is true. I feel terrible.

  • Bradley says:

    Pleaaaaaaaase help meeeeee, voices in my head say that Jesus is evil (which has happened more than once) WHICH I KNOW ISCOMPLETLY UNTRUE and I start repeantening I DIDNt mean them i belief that Jesus was the messiah and he was perfect and he was not posed and he died on the cross for everyone sins. The problem is that my OCD or demons keep on saying that he’s evil and everyti e this happeneds i ask for forgiveness. Should I ingnore these things in my head or keep on repeating AND I DONT WANNA GO TO HELL IM ONLY 12 AND IM CHRISTIAN PLEASE FORGIVE ME FATHER AMEN

  • Brad says:

    Hi, I’m and sicken on my thoughts. I don’t won’t to go to hell. Today I was saying that god was evil but I didn’t mean it. I started pray and ask for forgiveness but in not shore if he can listen to me from what I said. When ever I say jesus isn’t evil a voice in my head says he is and I’m swear im Christian i believe Jesus died on the cross from our sin and he was NOT EVIL and died on the cross for our sins. I’m really sad and whenever I say he’s not evil a VOICE SAYS that he is on my head. And if it’s me saying it I don’t mean it, and I think I repeat it because I fear god and my OCD goes in and says these disgracefull things about god I don’t wont to go to hell I’ve been Christian for 3yrs now. (Please don’t say mean things i don’t mean to say these evil things) :( please for give me jesus amen

  • Brad says:

    I’ve been tormented, when ever I’m thinking of something a voice in my head says blasphemes i ask for forgiveness. One day I was praying and I felt like I said something that I thought was a blaspheme in my head but I can’t remeber saying anything. I asked for forgiveness if I blaspheme against the Holy Spirit. And I have OCD and now I feel terrible. And I can’t stop these voices in my head saying blasphemes. and I’m Christian can god forgive me.

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Angela, may I tell you that many, many a Christian has suffered from having doubts, doubts about Christ, creation, salvation and more. From Martin Luther to Mother Teresa to me to you, doubts are part of the Christian life. Jesus even said to His disciples, “Oh, you of little faith”, although they had witnessed His miracles and lived with Him on a daily basis!

    As far as the “unforgivable sin” goes, it might be helpful to concentrate on the portion of the lead article that says, ” 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! .” And this describes your worry so “you could not have possibly done it.” Rest yourself in that, memorize that very valid conclusion.

    You talked about your Bible reading, prayer, asking for forgiveness, and having no doubt that Jesus is perfect and holy and knowing that He is your Savior. That is so totally cool! How great it would be if many more were in such a blessed situation! It is these factual experiences that define whom you are, not doubts or feelings.

    Maybe the enemy is placing doubt in your mind to keep you from being pro-active in Christian service because he knows you will be very effective? That is a very real possibility! Could you take the time you spend “dwelling on everything” and spend it meditating on Scripture, John 6-11 in particular? And see where that takes you.

    Here’s the deal . . . and maybe you have heard this before, but “facts drive feelings and feelings drive emotions”. We, myself included, cannot let our emotions or feelings drive the facts, the truth about who we are in Christ and how God sees us as His adopted daughters and sons, bought at the price of Christ’s death on His Cross. That is the supreme fact and it is His death and resurrection that defines who He is and who we are. Read 1 Peter 2: 9 and then Romans 12:1-2 and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you as He wishes you to respond.

    And may God bless you right now with what you need right now!

  • Angela says:

    Please help me I know my responses are terrible long and probably a little sketchy. I read help all the time on this issue and on all my issues and it’s like my sinful nature plays tricks in my head just as I’m trying to overcome one hurdle and I have confessed forgiveness of sin repeatedly and I’ve tried to guard my heart I thought about everything that Thought a bad thought I would replace with the truth then sometimes the thought of oh that’s not true or that’s not how you feel sometime I remember bible verses and at first they helped but now my mind says they don’t help I don’t know if the enemy puts these things in my head or I have a serious mental condition but I never had any thoughts like this before I got saved how could my heart have changed for the worse sometimes it scares me when people say don’t worry about God know what’s in your heart..I think oh my goodness if I can think all of these thoughts about anything and everything it hurts my feelings because I can’t keep my thoughts straight sometimes to read the bible correctly I’m always thing the negative things like things against or against myself like condemnation…but I keep reading the Bible and praying and I trust the Lord will take them away and I do feel like he has taken some away. But then I doubt. I take an anxiety medication and I have thought about antidepressants they seem to help but then I worry if I take then then will God think that I don’t trust him enough am I harming my temple with drugs but then I smoke and I’ve to quit that but it seemed to make the thoughts worse. I think I’ve dwelled so much that I have forgotten how to rationalize and reason. I know it’s sinful not just the thoughts but my actions..dwelling on them and I don’t truly know how to stop and what sad is every time I think about God all the negative follows. Sometimes I will be thinking about God and trying to focus on the good and and a remembrance of something bad comes into mind does that mean. Sometimes I will be talking out loud and I will be telling myself how God is awesome and how he will see me thru this and then I feel anxiety or fear as if what I’m saying isn’t true or a doubt will rise I don’t know if it’s the enemy or if I have gotten accustomed to thinking when I feel that I’m doubting myself and when these attacks first started I didn’t have have any doubt when I talked about God but I don’t know if these fears and doubts are of myself really and as if it would really scare me to feel this way. It’s like you fear blasphemy of the Holy sprit you think the exact things Jesus specified not to do then I read a website about Jesus forgives all sin and there is technically no such thing as unpardonable sin for a Christian then I worried about my salvation or thoughts against Jesus dying on the cross for my sins. But these things are to help but they don’t totally help because I have never been so blatantly honest. Please help in how to defeat the thoughts when they come into my mind

  • Angela says:

    Sorry I meant judas

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