Sin and salvation
The unforgivable sin
"eternal" or "unpardonable" sin)
Three passages in the Christian Scriptures discuss a certain class of sin. A
literal interpretation of these gospel verses implies that if a person commits
one of these sins, God will -- and perhaps can -- never forgive her/him.
||If an unsaved person committed this sin, the texts seem to imply that
she/he could never attain salvation.
||If a saved person committed this sin, the texts seem to imply that their
existing salvation would be terminated and could never be reestablished in the future.
The Bible appears to state in numerous locations that without salvation, once a
person dies, they will spend eternity in the torture chambers of Hell without
any hope for relief or mercy. Thus,
these three passages are more than passing interest to those who believe that
the Bible is God's word and is
From discussions that we have had with Christians from a variety of denominations, they hold very diverse
views on the precise nature of the unpardonable sin. Most of them are confident that
theirs is the only valid interpretation.
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Latest update: 2013-JUN-08
Author: B.A. Robinson