Christ said the only unforgivable sin is blasphemy, and when standing before Christ, even one unforgiven sin is grounds for hell, as we all know.
so then scriptural, how is anybody saved who blasphemies?
Blasphemy is disrespecting God, saying bad things about him, lying about him and/or using his name as an expletive or swear word. (For Christians God is of course the Father, Son and Holy Spirit)
The penalty for that kind of blasphemy according to the Jewish and Muslim traditions is death, but Jesus said that kind of blasphemy can be forgiven just as any other sin can be forgiven.
The only sin for which there is no forgiveness is ":blasphemy against the holy spirit":.
":Blasphemy against the holy Spirit": has nothing to do with regular blasphemy like cussing or bad mouthing God, what ":Blasphemy against the holy Spirit": specifically consists of is claiming that Jesus got his power to perform miracles
The first time the special blasphemy called the ":Blasphemy against the holy Spirit": happened was when the Pharisees saw with their own eyes Jesus performing a miracle in front of many witnesses, which meant the Pharisees would have to concede and admit that Christ possessed amazing supernatural powers.
Rather than recognise Jesus as the true Messiah, these hypocrites wanted to protect their own power and position, so, in order to explain away the miracle and thereby preserve their own power and influence with the people, they claimed that Jesus got his powers from Beelzebub, the ruler of demons.
The reason why saying that was unforgivable was the holy spirit, did any miracle Jesus asked for in order to prove Jesus was the Son of God, the promised Messiah.
These miracles were specifically to authenticate Jesus and His message. They were to serve as a sign to the nation of Israel and as proof to anyone who didn’t believe, but the Pharisees were deceitfully denying this sign from God and trying to trick the people into giving the credit to the devil. (They would have made great politicians!)
After the day of Pentecost, the Apostles also had the power, via the holy spirit, to perform miracles as a sign from God that what they were teaching about Jesus and his Gospel was true, so it was doubly important that the reputation of the holy spirit be protected and that credit for these signs and wonders NOT be given to Satan which would have defeated their purpose as a special sign from God.
Three of the four gospel accounts contain a reference to the statement made by Jesus concerning blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. These three passages read as follows.
Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him: but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come (Matthew 12:31-32).
Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter: but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnationвЂ”because they said, вЂњHe has an unclean spiritвЂќ (Mark 3:28-30).
And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him: but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven (Luke 12:10)
Bottom line is Miracles through the power of the Holy Spirit were a sign from God that Jesus really was the Son of God and later on they were a sign to the world that what the Apostles were preaching about Jesus and the good news of the coming Kingdom of Heaven was all true, so to deny that it was the Holy Spirit who was behind these signs and wonders and say it was Satan was a very serious matter.
Once everything was written down and all the books and letters published in the Bible, the sign of miracles was no longer necessary because the world now had a copy of the word of God together with all the eye-witness testimonies and it is reasonable for us to have faith that all those things are true. That is why maybe, just maybe, it is not possible to commit the unforgivable ":blasphemy against the Holy Spirit": today because now we have the Bible instead of signs and today signs aren’t a regular part of the church…Pastors don’t go round raising the dead or prophesising and about the only people performing signs are the TV false teachers with their fake miracles.
Personally I wouldn’t risk it just in case, and besides, Christians aren’t supposed to commit any form of blasphemy anyway – so there’s a double reason not to do it!
The only unforgivable sin is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. That is refusing to acknowledge the Holy Spirit and accept Christ.
Last question first, NO, the Holy Spirit/Ghost is not the same as Jesus! The Holy Ghost is the words of God and God is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! How is it possible to blaspheme a blasphemous church?
Blasphemy is not the unforgivable sin! The unforgivable sin is ignoring the call of God until you can no longer hear it! If you can no longer hear the call of God, then how can you be forgiven for you sins? You can not!
Specifially, Jesus said it is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
Technically, Jesus is not the Holy Spirit even though Jesus is God and the Holy Spirit is God.
Blasphemy against the holy Spirit is a life long declaration that nothing good comes from the holy Spirit and that God cannot forgive us of our sins. Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is denial of teh power of the Holy Spirit in the world.
He said blasphemy toward the holy spirit is the only unforgivable sin.
Wow, are you completely oblivious to the people around you or what? Majority of the people in the world are Christians.
It is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit: read Heb. 6:4-6.
God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit are three distinct Persons on the One, True God. They each have their own purpose in man’s redemption.
Question and follow up is way too long……….But here’s my thoughts: Sin against the Holy Spirit is as you described, but it is a sin committed by individuals. An organization can be wicked and deserving of judgment by God. And the Scriptures make it clear the individuals are warned regarding Babylon the Great: ":Get out of Her my people!": So when we see we are a member of a church that has gotten in bed with world leaders, the we are a part of that Harlot Babylon. Jehovah gives this warning so that truth seekers have time to take action.
Since when is the Catholic Church the holy Spirit dude?
One sin period, is grounds for hell as you put it.
The unforgivable part is that the person is not Christian, not their actions.
My study Bible explains blasphemy of the Holy Spirit as attributing to the devil the work of the Holy Spirit. Deliberate rejection of the Holy Spirit is blasphemy because it is rejecting God himself.
The only unforgivable sin is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit…….