What Is the Unpardonable Sin?


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The unpardonable sin is the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Showing irreverence toward something sacred or toward God is considered blasphemous in the Bible.

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Some people have difficulty with the idea of God not forgiving all sins. In Christianity, the doctrine holds that if a person confesses his sins, God absolves him and forgives all his sins. This seems to be a contradiction to passages alluding to the unpardonable, or unforgivable, sin. The only way a man could commit an unforgivable sin is to reject Christ's offer of salvation.

Acceptance of salvation equals belief. Rejection of salvation equals disbelief. The man remains in a state of unbelief and unrighteousness and is unforgivable. According to church teachings, if he never accepts salvation, Christ does not force it upon him.

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