***I have a question. Jesus said, **“Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.” My question is, what is a blasphemy against the Spirit?
Paragraph 1864 in the Catechism states:
“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.
So, it makes sense that the only unforgivable sin is final impenitence.
Blasphemy against the holy spirit is simply not allowing the spirit to do what it longs to do, which is forgive us our sins… Judas Iscariot was perfect example of this. He despaired of God’s mercy and never asked for forgiveness, another example is Peter after he denied Jesus 3 times, after the cock crowed 3 t imes, Jesus looked at Peter with those sorrowful eyes and then Peter recalled what professey Jesus had made of him that “before the cocks crows 3 times you will have denied me 3 times”, and what did Peter do? He ran and shed tears for his weakness and asked for forgiveness. He obtained it (forgiveness) because he Asked, Judas did not obtain it and was dammed.
The other part of sin against the spirit is presumption, that God is good and loving and forgiveing, He will forgive all my sins that I commit today, but due to my “ignorance”, if I have not saught the truth in the matter as to the “condidtions” for forgiveness, I will not be forgiven becasue I did not ask. In other words I have not used the means given in order to obtain forgivness. It is an unforgiveable sin the sin of Presumption. A contrite heart oh Lord you will not spurn. We must ask for contrite heart for a humble heart etc. Ask and y ou shall receive. We receive, but we must "ASK’.
I have another question. The following verse says, “Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” This would seem to me that if you say anything about the Holy Spirit you’re doomed, whether you said it out of ignorance, fatigue, or temporary anger or anything. Can someone explain this to me?
Violence of any kind.
[quote=Pious Redeemer]Violence of any kind.
I hesitate to agree with you, since fornication, homosexuality, theft, lying, blasphemy, and dishonoring your father and mother are not necessarily violent. Forgive me but I do think violence is not the end-all be-all of sin. Furthermore, violence can be forgiven, and the article in question involves not being able to be forgiven.
I’m sorry, I meant ‘violence’ in a very broad, even metaphorical sense, verbal as well as physical. Also acts or words that can eventually lead to violence, even though you didn’t want this to happen in the first place. F.e., when two people coveth the same object or person, they can very easily become rivals and call each other names, ly to each other or even start a fight. The same goes for a person who steels something from another person. The latter can have vengeance. Revenge is the ultimate form of violence, because it is endless, and like a cat only breads cats, this kind of violence always gives birth to more violence. Lying is a violation of truth. Blasphemy is verbal violence against our Lord. Homosexuality, masturbation, adultery is a violation of the procreation purpose (within marital relations). I think Moses’ 10 commandments, one way or the other, are meant to prevent all kinds of violence. Our Lord’s commandment “love thy neighbour as yourself” is the ultimate prevention against all violence. It alone can put a stop to the endless downward spiral of revenge. If someone does you wrong or gives you offense, turn the other cheek, meaning don’t answer violence with violence, or the cycle of revenge begins. Violence always feeds on violence and “grows bigger” so to speak. Just look at so many conflicts in the world, like for example the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Their cycle of revenge exists for many, many years now and will be difficult to break.
I think suicide is the most common blasphemy against the Spirit. by suicide one think this world is worse than the hell. thus denying God’s love for him
[quote=abcdefg]I think suicide is the most common blasphemy against the Spirit. by suicide one think this world is worse than the hell. thus denying God’s love for him
Please let’s embrace a little enlightnement here and recognize that in the vast majority of cases, those who commit suicide are mentally ill to the extent that their intellect, will and spirit are corrupted such that they are incapable of forming the requisite element of intent to sin.
You’re all making good points but just a friendly reminder here that I am still waiting for an answer to my second question, which is kind of plaguing me… I understand that you may not know the answer, so I’m just posting a friendly reminder so that someone who does know the answer won’t lose my question in a sea of posts.
refuse to be saved and unrepentant.
if one commits a mortal sin and thinks “I commit this sin so that I will go to hell” and keeps this to his death. I believe it’s such an offence
I spent hours researching this sin in my early 20s because I so feared it. I finally accepted the fact that if I really was beyond forgiveness, that the Holy Spirit would not have been continually wrestling with me to repent.
I define it this way. What did the Scribes and Pharisees do before Jesus made this statement? According to Matthew Ch 12 and Mark Ch 3, when Jesus performed wonderful miracles and cast out demons, they accused Him of doing it through the power of Satan. Basicaly, they witnessed the greatest good on earth, and attributed it to the greatest evil.
My interpretation, after much research, is very rare, but I will share it anyway. I believe this sin is tied to the Third Commandment “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.” (Exodus 20:7 NKJV). Not many hold this view that I know of, but I believe that are different sides of the same coin. The phrase “take the name of the Lord” is also interpreted in many ways “carry the name of the Lord.” I believe more than just words, it is speaking of *carrying *the Lord’s name in vain–which means doing evil in God’s name. For example, the terrorist who kills innocence while screaming “Allah is great.”
Basically, there can be two ways of attributing evil to God. The first is what Exodus 20:7 is talking about, which is actually doing great evil in the name of God. The second is what Matthew 12:31 and Mark 3:29 are talking about, which is attributing God’s great good (his works on earth through the Holy Spirit) as the greatest of evils.
Anyways, that’s just my opinion based on my study. But the Bible clearly states that this sin is the attributing of the Holy Spirit’s works to the devil.
If one says, as the scribes and pharisees did, that the grace of the Holy Spirit is evil, then they have rejected the very grace that leads them to repentance. They hath never forgiveness.