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Posted on 02/01/2011 1:58:48 PM PST by hawkins
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Many people have been concerned they have committed unforgivable sin. Some would call this blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. Others would call it the sin unto death. unforgivable sin is something that must be examined closely to allay fear. Unforgivable sin most certainly does deal with the Holy Spirit, but it is not as simple as using a curse word as some fear.
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Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the only unpardonable sin mentioned in the Bible, and it is mentioned in the context of the Pharisees accusing Jesus of being possessed by the Devil. The context indicates that it was a specific sin, and not a series of forgivable sins, or an attitude of persistent unbelief. After the resurrection, no inspired writer mentions the sin, and no warnings against it were recorded. There is no concrete evidence that it can be committed today. The fact that it is not mentioned after the resurrection, lends itself to the idea that it cannot still be committed. In fact, the indication from passages such as 1 John 1:7,9 is that all unrighteousness that a person could commit today can be forgiven by the blood of Jesus.
And that would make sense in that rejection of Jesus is not forgiven. And blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is identified as the one sin that is not forgiven.
The other alternative is that because the Holy Spirit's prompting is required to reach the point where you accept Jesus, that blaspheming the Holy Spirit can create a situation where you will never come to acceptance of Jesus, because the Holy Spirit will not prompt you.
For the record, I believe the first alternative, not the last.
Also, the context in which Jesus made that statement is when He was accused of casting out demons by Satan’s power. It’s logical to assume that blasphemy of the Holy Spirit would be attributing God’s work to Satan or Satan’s work to God.
However, consider Paul. Paul who was running around the country killing Christians in the name God. Yet God went out of His way to convert Paul and save him. You would think Paul had committed that form of blasphemy. So again, I come back to thinking that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is continued rejection of Jesus.
In conclusion, if you are tempted to say anything that might be blaspheming the Holy Spirit, DON’T! And if you are prompted to accept Jesus as Savior, DO IT!.
“Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit....” is merely the refusal to admit that one has sinned and therefore the unwillingness to repent. Without repentance no sin can be forgiven.
suicide is forgivable ?
This is true if they repent and accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. As I understand it, the only unforgivable sin is a final, irrevocable rejection of Jesus Christ as one's Lord and Saviour. Based on what Jesus said, this makes sense. He did not say, "If you are a pretty good person to other people, kind to small, furry animals, keep your AC set to 77 degrees in summer and don't litter, I'll find a spot for you in heaven even though you don't like me or my rules."
1Jn 5:10 Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son.
1Jn 5:11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
1Jn 5:12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
1Jn 5:13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.
1Jn 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
1Jn 5:15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
1Jn 5:16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that.
1Jn 5:17 All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death.
1Jn 5:18 We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.
1Jn 5:19 We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
The rejection of Jesus Christ is death.
That decision is only going to be made by just one party and that's neither you or me. If pressed to speculate however, I would think that the majority of suicides are the result of some severe psychosis where one's ability to differentiate between right and wrong, good and evil have been compromised, if not completely inhibited. Under such cases of incompetency, I suspect the Lord would take that much into account. On the other hand, suicides that arise purely from selfishness, pride or the like, and are fully knowing, deliberate acts would probably be judged pretty harshly. Of course there's probably a middle ground wherein somebody commits themselves to suicide, but before they die, while swinging from the rope or lying in a puddle of their own blood they have the deathbed conversion and seek sincere forgiveness for their sin. I don't think the Lord would kick them to the curb at that point but that's certainly not a theory I'm willing to test.
I’ll keep this short: you are wrong
As a new Believer, that scared me to death!
If you can't appreciate the pure beauty of the violin after hearing this, something's wrong with your ears.