I read somewhere in the gospel of Matthew that Jesus once said that any sin against the Holy Spirit would never be forgiven either in this world or the next. I thought that God would forgive any sin, but he would also willingly forgive any sin. This doesn’t make sense. Then, in Acts, Peter tells someone’s he has sinned against the Holy Spirit, and he dies of fear! Please help me with this. I am also extremely scrupulous. Please help.
1864 “Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.” There are no limits to the mercy of God, but anyone who deliberately refuses to accept his mercy by repenting, rejects the forgiveness of his sins and the salvation offered by the Holy Spirit. Such hardness of heart can lead to final impenitence and eternal loss.
That is “refusing to repent” - to the end…refuse that grace from the Holy Spirit to repent and turn back to God …they refuse til the end …
982 There is no offense, however serious, that the Church cannot forgive. "There is no one, however wicked and guilty, who may not confidently hope for forgiveness, provided his repentance is honest. Christ who died for all men desires that in his Church the gates of forgiveness should always be open to anyone who turns away from sin.
Okay. I found an article on ewtn.com that explains this in so many words.
I will re-post another older post of mine (general information regarding scrupulosity)
A person struggles with scruples - what ought they do?
A person with scrupulosity --ought to have a* “regular confessor” who can direct them --and even give them some general principles* to follow -to apply (principles for them due to their particular scruples -they are usually not for those with a normal conscience).
Thus with their direction they can “dismiss scruples” (in the older language despise them) - “act against them” (agere contra).
Scruples are to be dismissed ~ not argued with.
To borrow and image from a Carthusian from centuries ago: Scruples *are like a barking dog or a hissing goose -one does not stop to argue with a barking dog or a hissing goose does one? * No one keeps walking.
Such ‘obedience’ to a regular confessor who knows of ones scruples (except in what is manifest sin - such as if he told them it was ok to murder someone or something certain like that) is key. Such is the age old practice.
Also counseling -(especially if one also has OCD) could be helpful depending on the case -but one would want to look for a counselor who can assist one in following the Churches Teachings - not go contrary to them (I have heard CA staff mention catholictherapists.com/)
Here was a not too long ago post from Jimmy Akin of CA that I saw in the Register and saved for those who struggle with such.
Whosoever, &c. It was their duty to have a knowledge of the Holy Ghost, and they obstinately refused to admit what was clear and manifest. Though they were ignorant of the divinity of Jesus Christ, and might take him to be merely the son of a poor artizan, they could not be ignorant that the expelling of demons, and miraculous healing of all diseases, were the works of the Holy Ghost. If, therefore, they refused to do penance for the insult offered to the Spirit of God, in the person of Christ, they could not hope to escape condign punishment. (St. Chrysostom, hom. xlii).
St. Augustine, by this blasphemy against the Spirit, understands the sin of final impenitence, by which an obstinate sinner refuseth to be converted, and therefore lives and dies hardened in his sins. (Witham)
St. Augustine says these words would not be true, if some sins were not forgiven in the world to come; and St. Gregory says, we are to believe from these words in the existence of the fire of purgatory, to expiate our smaller offences, before the day of judgment. St. Isidore and Ven. Bede say the same. St. Bernard, speaking of heretics, says, they do not believe in purgatory: let them then inquire of our Saviour, what he meant by these words.
All sins can be forgiven if we repent and go to confession. The problem is people do not want forgiveness. God has the capacity to forgive any sin. Gods love for us never ends. Any mortal sin that is not repented becomes unforgivable because the person that commits it dosent feel sorry. If we do not feel sorry and repent of our sins we will be eternally seperated from the love and mercy of God.