The Unforgivable Sin

Despite all of the assurances that God is merciful and can forgive all sin, all three synoptic Gospels quote Jesus referring to a sin that cannot be forgiven in this world or the next.

The Catholic Church teaches that any sin can be forgiven when the sinner is truly sorry, confesses the sin, performs a penance, and has a firm desire not to commit that sin again with the help of God’s grace.

Christians should be open to the Holy Spirit who was sent by Jesus to be an advocate, comforter, and guide who inspires sinners to convert, seek forgiveness, and restore the Lord’s love and truth in their souls.

The unforgivable sin is refusing to be forgiven. It is an ongoing rejection of God’s mercy and forgiveness, a refusal to repent, and a determination to continue sinning at all costs, even if it means the loss of salvation.

God will not bring anyone into his kingdom against their will. Man has the ability to reject God’s mercy and refuse to be forgiven, but this only leads to his eternal isolation and separation from God.

The unforgivable sin is also referred to as blasphemy against the Holy Spirit because the sinner does not acknowledge who the Holy Spirit is, rejecting the Spirit’s work, and even attributing it to the devil.

Unwilling to accept the Holy Spirit:

Catholic Answers

Jesus is referring to the sinner, not the sin:

St. Anthony Parish

Summoning them, He began to speak to them in parables, “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand; that is the end of him. But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house. Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin.” For they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.

Mark 3: 23-30

When someone does not seek forgiveness:

Yough Catholic

Here of course it is a question of external radical manifestations: rejection of God, rejection of his grace and therefore opposition to the very source of salvation-these are manifestations whereby a person seems to exclude himself voluntarily from the path of forgiveness. It is to be hoped that very few persist to the end in this attitude of rebellion or even defiance of God. Moreover, God in his merciful love is greater than our hearts, as St. John further teaches us, and can overcome all our psychological and spiritual resistance. So that, as St. Thomas writes, “considering the omnipotence and mercy of God, no one should despair of the salvation of anyone in this life.”

Pope John Paul II, Reconciliatio et Paenitentia, 2 December 1984

A sin so terrible it cannot be forgiven:

Heralds of the Gospel

God won’t forgive someone who doesn’t want forgiveness:

CatholicLifeTV – Baton Rouge

“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.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 1864

The exact opposite of the Holy Spirit:

St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church Fernley

In deep spiritual trouble:

Magis Center

The Truth, Goodness, and Beauty of the Catholic Church

Preaching a culture of life:

Dominican Friars

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