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Is blasphemy really an eternal sin?

A Xt3 Member asked at 2:35am on January 11th 2019

I'm an orthodox christian who lives in Finland so forgive me for my bad grammar and forgive me if I chose the incorrect topic for this. I have some questions for you priests so I hope you guys could answer for them to clear some stuff for me.

I heard blasphemy is an eternal sin which you won't be forgiven but doesn't bible say that no matter what kind of sin you have committed, God will forgive you no matter what? I'm bit confused on that.

What kind of voice does God have? How do I exactly regocnize his voice? Some people say he is voiceless but what about people that have heard God's voice?

I have never seen any sign of God. Is it because I haven't noticed it or he just hasn't showed any signs? Or have I done something that God wasn't happy with?

I hope you can answer these questions. I wish you a good day!

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Hi Anton, as you know, Jesus said: 'Truly I tell you, all sins and blasphemes will be forgiven for the sons of men. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, but is guilty of an eternal sin' (Mk 3: 28-29, and see Mt 12: 30-32, Lk 12: 8-10). That 'sin against the Holy Spirit' has been understood as applying to anyone who knowingly chooses not to accept God and his forgiveness. Since God can't force our free will to choose him or his grace, that situation is called, if the person sticks with it up to the moment of death, 'final impenitence.'

Some years ago I heard of a former religious leader who'd been living a double life, with 'wives' in different countries, and accused of abusing some of his own followers when they were young seminarians. I don't know for sure if this happened but it will do as an example of final impenitence. But it was reported that when he was invited to confess his sins so they could be absolved, and to receive the Sacrament of the Sick, he refused. In this case, if that story is true, God couldn't forgive him because he didn't want to be forgiven.

God as God doesn't have a voice, since he's pure spirit, but of course through the Incarnation, Jesus, who is God and man, does have a voice, and we have his spoken words in the Gospels.

Like you, I've never had any signs from God, other than through the ordinary events and people I've met during my life - I've certainly felt God has 'spoken' to me through their wise words and great example. In fact, only a tiny minority of Christians ever get to hear some special communication from God, like St Francis hearing the crucifix in the church of San Damiano in Assisi telling him to 'rebuild my Church.' So it's certainly not on account of your having done something you don't get a special message. In fact, Jesus told St Thomas, who had the privilege of checking out that the body of the Risen Jesus was the same body that had been crucified, ' blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe' (Jn 20:29). Very best, Fr Brendan
Xt3's Ask a Priest answered at 3:15pm on February 12th 2019 reply

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