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Have I Committed the 'Unforgivable Sin'?

Robert Stackpole Answers Your Divine Mercy Questions

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By Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD (Jun 16, 2010)
A reader of this Q&A column who wishes anonymity (I will just call him "Mr. Feeling Lost") wrote me a poignant letter recently. He shared his deep feelings of guilt and condemnation by God that just will not go away, even though he has been to confession several times and emptied his heart of all the mortal sins he has ever committed. He is now left wondering:

Could it be, maybe, that I have committed the unforgivable sin that Jesus mentions in the Bible, without even knowing that I did it, and that is why I feel like God has abandoned me, and I can't shake that feeling?

Let me be as clear and direct with you as I can, Mr. Lost, with no monkey business and no big words to confuse the issue. The simple answer to your question is "No: no one can commit the unforgivable sin without any awareness of it. The mere fact that you care about whether you have committed it or not is a sure and certain sign that you haven't! A sin can only be "unforgivable" when the sinner refuses to seek forgiveness. In other words, the sinner is so hard-hearted that he or she no longer cares if they have offended God or even believes they are in need of His forgiveness. When the sinner hates Him so much anyway that he or that wouldn't let go of their pride and stoop to ask Him for anything at all. We're talking about the sinner who remains in that spiritual condition to the bitter end. You are hardly in that spiritual state, Mr. Lost. So for the rest of this column I am changing your name to "Mr. Not-So-Lost"!

Now let's look at this matter in greater depth.

The fact is you cannot commit any mortal sin without knowing that what you are doing is gravely wrong. For any sin to be classified as "mortal" it has to be a grave matter, and you have to commit it with full and free consent, and full knowledge that it is gravely wrong. Oh sure, people rationalize serious sins to themselves to justify themselves, sins like murder, adultery, and apostasy (for example: "I know it was very wrong, but I had to do it to prevent something else bad from happening," or "Well, maybe I had to violate the rights of some innocent people along the way, but so what? After all, to make an omelet you gotta crack a few eggs!" or "She never found out about it, so I guess it wasn't so bad."). But deep down inside, they know what they did was gravely wrong or they would not try to come up with such contorted rationalizations for their behavior!

Let's look more closely at this "unforgivable" sin mentioned by Jesus in the gospels. Let's try to get a handle on it. In Matthew 12:31-32 Jesus says:

Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but He who speaks a word against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this life or in the age to come.

Some people think that this unforgivable sin is just any sin of verbal blasphemy explicitly uttered against the Spirit of God. Does that mean that if I lose my cool and tell God, the Holy Spirit, to "go take a hike" that I am automatically lost forever, even if I am contrite about it afterward? Such a broad interpretation of Jesus' words ignores the context of Jesus' remarks.

In verse 24, Jesus has just heard the Pharisees charge Him with casting out demons by the power of Beelzebub, the prince of demons. For the Pharisees to call such clear and obvious works of the Holy Spirit works of the Devil manifested a depth of hardness of heart that could very well have been irrevocable. Jesus certainly seemed to think so. The old 19th century Catholic commentary on the New Testament by Fr. Leo Haydock had this to say on the matter:

The sin here spoken of is the sin of blasphemy, by which the Pharisees attributed the miracles of Christ wrought by the Spirit of God to Beelzebub, the prince of devils. Now this kind of sin is usually accompanied by so much obstinacy, and such willful opposing of the Spirit of God, and the known truth, that men who are guilty of it are seldom or ever converted; and therefore are never forgiven because they will not repent. ... St. Augustine, by this blasphemy against the Spirit, understands the sin of final impenitence, by which an obstinate sinner refuses to be converted, and therefore lives and dies hardened in his sins.

Father Haydock, following St. Augustine, has made a very important point here: Jesus did not say that anyone who commits blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven even if he or she repents of that sin. If a certain kind of sin of blasphemy goes so deep that it's truly unforgivable, there's a good reason for this. But the reason is not because our God of Mercy isn't willing to forgive, but because the sinner has rendered himself completely incapable of repentance, hardened beyond recall. Since God will not compel the person's repentance, there is nothing more He can do for him. He cannot forgive a heart that is stubbornly impenitent to the bitter end. As Jesus says in Rev 3:30: "I stand at the door and knock." But He will not kick the door down! We have to freely consent and let Him come in to our hearts, through repentance and faith.

Here is another good commentary on the subject, The Teaching of the Catholic Church, volume II, edited by Canon George D. Smith:

Both our Lord and St. John speak of a sin that shall not be forgiven. Our Lord calls it blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, and St. John writes of the sin unto death [Jn 5:16]. The explanation of these statements removes all difficulty. This sin has been identified by some as final impenitence, which manifestly is not forgiven. A fuller explanation is that this sin is the hardening of the heart against grace, which makes a man refuse to seek pardon. Such a sinner certainly is not forgiven, for he will not ask. This is the age-long explanation of the Church's writers, and is consistent with the scriptural statements. St. John says the sin cannot be forgiven, not that it will not be forgiven [in other words, the blockage is not in God, but in the stubborn impenitence and hardness of heart of the sinner, right to end]. (p. 962).

This is also the teaching of the Catechism (entry 1864):

"Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin." 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.

So, Mr. Not-So-Lost, let me ask you a question: Are you sorry for all the grave sins that you have committed in your life, and have you been sorry enough and at least trusting enough in God's mercy to confess them in the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

I know the answer to this because you told me yourself in your letter: You have indeed repented and confessed them all. If so, then you could not have committed any unforgivable sin, no matter how you might feel at the moment. Our feelings are not always an accurate barometer of the truth. Maybe you cannot feel His forgiveness at the moment because of physical illness or exhaustion that is wreaking havoc with your brain chemistry. It's certainly possible. It happens to a lot of people, and the answer is rest and proper medical care. Or, maybe you cannot feel His forgiveness at the moment because you are carrying around some feelings of guilt deep inside you for something you didn't do yourself, but something evil that was done to you by someone else, for example, being sexually abused as a child or rejected or abandoned by a parent who ought to have loved you and helped you. Look deep within your heart, with the help of good counselors, and see if the hurt that won't go away might really reside in your emotions, and in your past.

What I do know for sure is that Jesus has forgiven you by the Blood of His Cross, the price that He paid for you because He loved you so much that He wanted to pardon and renew your heart and bring you to heaven to live with Him forever. Could a love like that ever be unwilling to forgive the penitent? And even if you had committed a grave sin that you had not yet confessed — even a terrible sin of uttering blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, one not so deep that it has hardened your heart irrevocably (if you had committed such a deep blasphemy, you would hardly be writing to me with concerns about having committed such a sin!) — then you only need to go to confession at once. Christ Jesus will heal and save you from it! Jesus never, ever said He is unwilling to forgive a contrite sinner! A sin is only unforgivable to those who refuse to seek forgiveness.

The Navarre Bible Commentary on these same verses from St. Matthew's gospel reminds us of all this:

God wants all men to be saved (I Tim 2:4) and he calls everyone to repentance (2 Pet 3:9). The redemption won by Christ is superabundant: it atones for all sins and extends to every man and woman (Rom 5:12-21). Christ gave His Church the power to forgive sins by means of the sacraments of Baptism and Penance. This power is unlimited, that is to say, the Church can pardon all sins of all the baptized as often as they confess their sins with the right disposition. This teaching is a dogma of the Faith (cf. Council of Trent, De Paenitentia, can 1).

Moreover, notice what our Savior says to St. Faustina. He puts no limit on His mercy and forgiveness at all for any contrite heart, no matter what they have done:

I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to my compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in my unfathomable mercy. (Diary, entry 1146)

I never reject a contrite heart. (entry 1485)

Whoever places his trust in My mercy will be filled with divine peace at the hour of death. (entry 1520)

It suffices to come with faith to the feet of My representative [that is, to a priest in sacramental confession] and to reveal to him one's misery, and the miracle of Divine Mercy will be fully demonstrated. Were a soul like a decaying corpse so that from a human standpoint, there would be no [hope of] restoration and everything would already be lost, it is not so with God. The miracle of Divine Mercy restores that soul in full. (entry 1448)

Robert Stackpole, STD, is director of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy, an apostolate of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. His latest book is Divine Mercy: A Guide from Genesis to Benedict XVI (Marian Press). Got a question? E-mail him at

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To LR - Feb 1, 2021

This a comment I saw that I think it explains this good.
"The fact that you are concerned at the thought you could have committed that is evidence you have not because those guilty of this aka the Pharisees did so intentionally due to their personal ambitions, the hardness of their heart, and jealousies. Let me explain:

Let’s look at the context in which Christ mentioned blasphemy against the Holy Spirit and the meaning of the word. I love the Amplified version because of the clarity it provides. To whom was Jesus speaking is important in understanding the offence.

Matthew 12:22-24 Amplified Bible (AMP)

The Pharisees Rebuked

22 Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him so that the mute man both spoke and saw. 23 All the people wondered in amazement, and said, “Could this be the Son of David (the Messiah)?” 24 But the Pharisees heard it and said, “This man casts out demons only by [the help of] Beelzebul (Satan) the prince of the demons.”

Matthew 12:30-32 Amplified Bible (AMP)

The Unpardonable Sin

30 He who is not with Me [once and for all on My side] is against Me, and he who does not [unequivocally] gather with Me scatters.

31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy [every evil, abusive, injurious speaking, or indignity against sacred things] will be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the [Holy] Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit [by attributing the miracles done by Me to Satan] will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

Here is the gist, the Pharisees who spent their lives combing through the scriptures undoubtedly knew that the signs and miracles Christ performs indicated He was from God because no one can do these works without the power of God.

John 3:2 Amplified Bible (AMP)

2 who came to Jesus at night and said to Him, “Rabbi (Teacher), we know [without any doubt] that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs [these wonders, these attesting miracles] that You do unless God is with him.”

Knowing Christ was from God, knowing all the prophesies that He was probably the Messiah, to deter the masses from coming to Christ accused Him of using demonic power to perform miracles. Inadvertently, attributing miracles they knew came from God by the power of the Holy Spirit to Satan so they can maintain their hold on the public-That is the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. This is why Christ rebuked them harshly for the hardness of their heart against the very God they claim to serve.

A believer in Christ cannot commit this sin because of our very acceptance of the Lordship of Christ over our lives and the presence of His Holy Spirit in us is full proof evidence we belong to Him. Do we always know when/where the Holy Spirit is at work-No? Can we possibly because of ignorance call a work of the Spirit something else-Yes! But we will never do so intentionally to deceive people like the Pharisees in question. Our Shepperd who intercedes for us before God knows our blindspots very well and forgiven us completely of every area we fall short"
I think you should double check this with praying to God and the Bible.

LR - Jan 5, 2021

I feel as if I have committed the unpardonable sin. I’m scared and can’t sleep at all and I have this terrible movement in my stomach. It started when I had committed the sexual sin of masterbation. I didn’t feel convicted but I felt angry at myself for doing it. A few weeks go by and I thought that I had blasphemed against the Holy Spirit but then I read it’s cursing and calling the Holy Spirit evil. I knew he wasn’t but I thought about the sin so much it made me conjure up Ideas like what if the Holy Spirit was evil or maybe he was but I knew it was wrong and rebuked the thought in the name of Jesus but I feel like the Lord has taken the Holy Spirit from me and I wanna come back but I feel like there is no forgiveness for me.

josh - Sep 11, 2019

I am afraid that i commited the unpardonable sin when i was telling satan that the blood of Jesus was against him a couple of times and then somehow i started saying that the blood of satan was against and feel so guilty and so wrong and imediatly went into prayer and asked the Father in heaven to forgive me for what i had just said and am so worried that i commited the unpardonable sin against the Holy spirit

Jay - Jan 6, 2019

Hello, I’ve been stressing about the sins I’ve comminted in my past lately.Why? Because I’ve been doing reaserch about the lord and learning about unforgivable sins. It says on the 10 commandments to not take the Lords name in vain, and for those who do, he shall not be guiltless towards them. Meaning not forgive you. There are times when I have said “oh my god” in situations but not actually calling out to him. It was a habit that I built from hearing it so much from others and thinking it’s ok to use. Can I still be forgiven for such a thing?I always believed in god ever since my grandma introduced him to me. Although I was always sent to church here and there when I was young. I was also baptized as a baby but I’d like to be baptized again. I wasn’t really a true follower though because I wasn’t closely connected to god,and I didnt always keep his commandments. I’d sin and even sometimes knowingly. I asked for forgiveness many times. I’ve just been stressed out because I feel like I’ve somehow committed a sin that cannot be forgiven. Hopefully I’ve been forgiven and That I didn’t commit any unforgivable sins. I really love Jesus and thank him for being sacrificed on the cross to save people like me. I’m just so worried. I really want to get into heaven to and I don’t really know how, I feel like I’m missing some steps. I have faith that I’ll make it Into heaven but I’m so worried I did something that could prevent that. I am a 17 year old girl who wants to be committed into giving her life to the lord and working through his faith and being righteous and not sinning by mistake or delibritly. I have faith in the lord that I’ll make it with his blessings. I’m just very stressed and worried.

No Joy - Aug 21, 2018

Thank you for your comment Grace.
You're right I am beating myself up. But I just can't seem to get over the fact that of how knowingly and callously I said what I said even though I knew that it was Jesus who took away my anxiety. I feel he has forgiven me but he may not offer me that protection again. I pray that he does. The best thing about this is it has brought me much closer to Jesus.

Grace - Aug 20, 2018

To No Joy in the Morning:
Did you even read the story that you're commenting on? It says:

"A sin can only be "unforgivable" when the sinner refuses to seek forgiveness. In other words, the sinner is so hard-hearted that he or she no longer cares if they have offended God or even believes they are in need of His forgiveness."

Seek forgiveness, and God will forgive you. Stop torturing yourself already! Get out of your head and praise Jesus. He loves you. Goodness gracious, are you not paying attention to what Christianity is?! Go to Confession. Rejoice. Stop driving yourself mad.

No Joy In the Morning - Aug 19, 2018

I was always an anxious child. I used to get nervous in mundane social places like church, malls, etc.
I had major anxiety problems when I was a teenager and may have had a nervous breakdown when i was 18. I remember praying to God earnestly while driving to take away what was feeling. Instantly a wave of peace and calm came over me and I had not had another anxiety attack over the next forty years.

How soon I forgot.

Fast forward to the early spring of 2018 when i was casually walking to the parking lot with a coworker and she mentioned something about a panic attack. I said “I used to have those” and then for a split second I was going to say I prayed for them to go away but since she was gay I did not want to sound. “too religious” and I said I just grew out of it and then went on running my mouth about how nothing makes me anxious anymore. WOW!!!! What I didn’t know at the time that I was committing a gregious and probably unforgivable sin-- not giving Jesus credit for his healing me all those years ago. With a couple of stupid casual sentences I probably sealed my earthly and eternal fate. If I only knew the suffering that awaited me.

Around May of 2018 I began to have many hot flashes at night and even waking with my upper gown soaking wet with my heart pounding. I also notice a very nervous feeling of dread when I awoke every morning. I chalked it up to “the change”.
This went on throughout June. on July 2, I awoke with a pounding heart and muscle twitches so I decided to go to the ER where they ran an EKG and did bloodwork- everything was normal. They told me it was “anxiety” and sent me home with an antihistamine.
I layed down when I got home around 3am and had a very troubled sleep until around 6am. It would be the last time that I would ever sleep in consecutive days until this day. Not only was anxiety back with a vengeance but this time it has taken that sweet gift from God--sleep.
I have sudden severe onset (can’t even fall asleep) insomnia for over a month now. I know God has moved my protection from around me and allowed the beast of anxiety to have his way. I simply cannot sleep night or day and it's getting worse. I can get drowsy and sleepy, but I can't drift off into that sweet land of sleep. Sometimes I go two days with 0 sleep. On the days I do sleep I get maybe 3 hours on a good night with strong sleeping pills. I looked for answers and remedies thousands of times on the internet and have gone to doctors but nothing really helps. I feel I am doomed with nowhere to turn. I’m afraid of reading scripture because I’m pretty sure God is done with me so any prayers I make (and I pray daily) are probably all in vain.

I am living a true nightmare every day. My energy is so low my vision is clouded with fatigue. No matter how tired I am I still cant sleep. I have constant heart palpitations from anxiety and no sleep. This will more than likely consume me sooner or later.

Three months ago I was a healthy happy person. Overnight my life became hell and it's all my fault.
My days are no longer joyful. I only just barely get by and on many days I don’t. I have to cancel plans or not go places because I just don't have the energy. Even the sun and sky look different. Every night I watch the night run into the day. When others awaken from a nights rest I just continue on. I feel like walking doom and I can feel that Jesus has left me alone and that hurts the most.
I’m not asking for pity, this is a cautionary tale to always ALWAYS mind what you say. It's too late for me but not for you. ALWAYS GIVE GOD HIS GLORY!!!!

No Joy In the Morning

Just wondering - Mar 10, 2018

I know someone who named a child God and another one Beezlebub. I haven't saw them in a while but I sometimes feel bad for the teachers that take this home. Is it wrong to name a child these names. Wouldnt it make people uncomfortable to call them spiritually speaking. Just because we honor Him and hate evil? Just wondering how to look at it

Louis - Aug 24, 2017

I have committed it. I was under attack my faith was low because I had sinned and given the wicked one a door to accuse but I know I was forgiven for that sin now.. because there was a point I felt supernatural peace which was my forgiveness i should have latched on with both hands but didnt. I'll explain why. My faith was low because I revisted my sin in the text trying to find out the truth to the text and text made me feel worse by readibg articles and peoples opinions and doing that one morning I woke up being bombarded with horrible thoughts I new I was under attack so I tried to use my shield of faith which worked for a few days but was up and down in my mind until I used my sword to which I said it is written I cast you out satan to this fuzzyness in my head i now know to have been the holy spirit because i had felt him during my better days but in my lowness i didnt think. then i felt a supernatural shiver and a wobble within my head and he left i was left speechless. I no longer feel the holy spirit at all :( (I misinterpreted what was going on because my faith had been low and I was up and down and hadn't taken it my forgiveness but doubted it So going from broken to peace overnight I eventually doubted) then I was convicted by reading Mathew 12 blasphemy verse which was like a sharp sword through my chest and conscience i feel lost with no hope i made a grave error with my words mark 3:30 says because they said(spoke Not thought) he had an unclean spirit. I misinterpreted because my faith was low :(

Don - Apr 16, 2017

I disobeyed the Holy Spirit leading to share my testimony, I denied Him before men, on more than one occasion, and I think he left me. I heard him say there was no reason for him to keep giving me direction if I was just going to disobey. I repented in tears like Esau but to no avail. I feel cast off like a worthless piece of clothing.

Joyceline - Apr 11, 2017

Thank You Dr. Stackpole. I feel better after reading this article. I would like to know what happens when you repent your sins and then find yourself back to the same thing you asked God to forgive you about?

Nancy W - Mar 30, 2017

Thank you so much. I was like Mr. Lost.

confused &worried - Feb 22, 2017

Ive in ignorance called the catholic church a bad name it was something i read simewhere lets just say its a djrty word us that the unfkrgivabke sin

ND - Dec 31, 2016

Unfortunately, you can commit the unforgivable sin even if you believe Jesus is the savior and ask for forgiveness. It is when you KNOW the truth that Jesus is the way (for example, you have had a near death experience and spoke with God or prayed and were enlightened) and then commit a sin against the Holy Spirit such as a mortal sin (adultery, killing). After such a sin as this you are no longer capable of having forgiveness. Even if you ask, you will not have forgiveness as the Holy Spirit will have left you and you will not feel convicted of sin anymore.

myth buster - Sep 30, 2016

J.R., take heart. The devil is a liar, a thief, and a murderer. He is trying to make you doubt God's mercy, whispering to you, "Yea hath God said, 'Your sins are forgiven?'" Do not listen to him, for everything out of his mouth is a lie intended to murder your soul. The Lord is supremely merciful, and He is always faithful to His Covenant. When He said, "Whose sins you forgive are forgiven," He bound Himself to forgive all those who make a sincere and contrite Confession.

Cathy - Aug 14, 2016

Feeling hard of heart and being hard of heart are two different things. Don't trust your feelings quite as much- trust God when He says (through Confession) you're forgiven! Trust God more than you trust yourself.

Timothy - Jul 3, 2016

I became a Catholic at St. Angela's in Pacific Grove in 1996, confirmed in 97. The 80's was nothing but drugs and alcohol for the longest time, and there were times I though I crossed the ultimate line invoking the name of the Holy Spirit, try to get some thunder out of the sky.In a disrespectfull and profane manner, this was back in or around 87 about a full decade before I became a catholic, but it was a sin that branded in. Believe me, certain sins do stay with you, when its the proper time to let it go. When its explained in its rightful interpretation , the power of the lords forgiveness can sink in, and one can move on. Confession has been apart of my life, and I thank the Lord for this sacrament.

Derius woods - May 24, 2016

I am afraid I have committed the unpardonable sin. I feel a hardness of heart and an afraid I will send myself to hell.

Nick - Jan 7, 2016

God Bless you Dr. Stackpole! I have been a wreck for the past couple days because I thought God would not forgive me for yelling at the Holy Spirit. But God has truly shown His mercy and forgiveness through your passage! God will always forgive me!!
I just have to be willing to seek forgiveness!

very - Nov 15, 2015

I'm so depressed. I never feel. Like. Eating. Ever. :(

Response to Lyn Godgirl and Help Please - Jun 10, 2015

If you are seeking for God's forgiveness and want you want to be forgiven, then you have not committed the unforgivable sin. Those who have committed the unforgivable sin have hardened their hearts to God and do not want to follow Him anymore. If you seek God, you will find Him. Don't let satan or demons win this fight. If you rebuke them in the name of Jesus, they have to leave. God loves both of you, so seek Him and don't lose hope.

jasmine - May 21, 2015

to all that need prayer contact me i will put you in my prayers

Response to Help Please - Oct 5, 2014

Ask a priest for help! Inform him of your situation and hopefully he will be able to help you or lead you to someone who can. I will pray for you.

help please - Jun 13, 2014

I am demon possessed and i need God but i know the spirit of god has left me as he did saul. I feel myself getting worst each day. I grew up in the church saved and a month ago i started doubting jesus and the bible.. the thoughts took control it may have turned into unbelief... its like a nightmare my mind wouldnt let go. Then i read a verse the blaspheme chapter and then my mind automatically everytime i said the holy spirit would go to the name that they called the evil spirit. I knew it wasnt true i didnt believe it but its like when you try not to think of something you think it constantly. It was driving me insane. Now ive qsked for forgiveness so many times but its only grnted throught the holy spirit. I know im possessed by demons. I also believe jesus is lord and that he came in the flesh and he is the son of god amen. At this point i have tingling all over my body face and head and pain sometimes and movement in my stomach. My pupils are black and dialated. Im unable to retain memory. My heart felt like it was being chewed and ripped apart so now i feel nothing emotionally. I just want the holy spirit, nothing more nothing less.

a c - May 6, 2014

to whom that feels lost without end is a terrible feeling, but know that no matter what the devil throws at us or even in our mind, God knows our heart even if we can't feel it God knows our intentions. I'm a recent victim of the attacks thrown at me from the devil, but i know in my heart today that Jesus always forgives a repented heart, so don't let fear run your life any longer, take prayers to the Lord Jesus whom died on that cross for all sins and know that today there will be totally forgiveness for you if you just let him in. May God Bless, Amen Hope this helps

lynn Godgirl - Jul 5, 2013

i have been saved a longtime.and was hooked on drugs and had a paper in my closet about the unpardonable sin and always scared to look at it because i love God so much!!God had been covicting me to stop and i couldnt so i got up one morning and the paper was on my counter and i looked at it i dont know how it got there!! but i got scared and i couldent stop thinking about it so when i got high i wonndered what it was and i always talk to myself so i wondered at loud and then a terible fear came over me and one day in july i felt a headahe amd everytime i told the Lord i love him it would and does still say i love you satan and i speak out loud and say i rebuke you satan it will say in my brain irebuke you Holy spirit and at frist i thought i had lost my mind and i needed to go into a mentle hospital but i know in my heart God loves me but my brain will tell me its to late im going to hell ive have quit smoking pot for almost a year now have looked every where to find anything or anybody who has heard anything like im going through or what kind of demon has enterdme would somebody tell me tomilnn palmer

Jordan - Nov 2, 2012

Thank you Jesus!!!! For saving me and for making me believe that I'm not just some nobody you made. Everyone out there who thinks they have blasphemied and is worried, DON'T be! Just ask Jesus for forgiveness and trust me he will give it to you! That's why he died! The only unforgivable sin there is, is not excepting God's free gift. So why do that any longer? Except his gift and except him, I promise you won't regret it <3 (anyone email me If you ever need to talk! It's

J.R. - Dec 25, 2010

I also have to agree with VernM. I wonder sometimes if I am under a strong temtation to rob me of peace because there is hardly any. I spoke to a priest who told me that that's what is was. To all of you who pray the chaplet of the Divine Mercy, please remember me in your prayers...Thank you.

J.R. - Dec 25, 2010

Thank you Angela for your response and please keep me in prayer. The suffering that I am going through right now with this feeling of condemnation is overwhelming at times.

Angela - Dec 23, 2010

Hi J.R. When you confess your sins, your sins are forgiven. It's that simple. God loves you. Go easy on yourself. We ALL sin -- shameful, self-indulgent sin.

ALL of us. You are not alone. And you are forgiven. Pray to the the Blessed Mother who sanctifies our prayers.

And God bless you!

J.R. - Dec 23, 2010

As a child I was sexualy abused by my uncle and my dad was an alcoholic. I never considered it sexual abuse because I liked the attention but as an adult began living a homosexual lifestyle. Because of my dad's alcoholism, I hated my dad as child and rejected him early on, with no one to take his place. Do you think this is why I also feel that I have committed this sin and always feel condemned, feeling like "condemned man walking"? I have since repented of these sins but the feeling of condemnation is very strong and worrysome. The slightest feeling that I have commited mortal sin is extremely overwhelming when I feel I have sinned and the guilt is horrible. I think it also has to do with the scrupulosity I suffer from and possible OCD. Please help and thank you.

JP - Sep 9, 2010

Hello. This article is very reassuring. I've been having this problem also. Someone said that intrusive thoughts are not good candidates at all for the unpardonable sin. Your article helps too. But still I'd appreciate prayers for relief of this brain problem.

Susie B Australia. - Jun 20, 2010


MARIA C - Jun 19, 2010

Well written and explained. Now I am more confident on the power of the Divine Mercy in each and everyone of us. As long as we are willing to seek forgiveness.......PEACE WILL BE WITH US SO DOES GOD...WHO IS LOVE....INCARNATE. You are definitely not Mr.LOST..

lighted soul - Jun 18, 2010

Trust in our Merciful Lord for he will truly show you his love for you. Out of all darkness the Lord is our Light and peace will overcome your spirit and soul. God be with you

VernM - Jun 18, 2010

God Bless for your explanation Dr. Stackpole. However, an important consideration, I think, had been missed - the devil. Considering Mr. Lost's contrition and considering that all is well physically and psychologically, the devil is aware of repentance of sin and doesn't like it! Guilty feeling is one of its weapons against peace, God's peace. What it wants to happen next is for Mr. Lost to give up on God because of his feeling he was not forgiven and therefore why ask for forgiveness? Mr. Lost, the Divine Mercy is always with you. Thanks.

Loretta - Jun 17, 2010


J.P. - Jun 17, 2010

Praise be to God and His mercy forever!