“And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him”
The Bible is clear that we all, apart from Christ, deserve to go to hell because we are born with a sin nature and, thus, we sin. As Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The consequences for sin, regardless of its kind, is eternal death and damnation in hell. Luke 12:10 says, “And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him” (see also Hebrews 6:4-6, 10:26-27). The only sin that is not forgivable is sinning against the Holy Spirit. At one point or another in each of our lives we have the chance to respond to God in Christ (Matthew 22:14). Those who reject the call and conviction of the Spirit in their hearts by choosing to blaspheme Him cannot be saved. All other sins could be forgiven no matter their severity because God paid for all when Jesus died on the cross. Even righteous King David committed adultery and murder, and still he will enter heaven. He repented, he was forgiven, and he loved the Lord. All Christians stumble (James 3:2), some more than others and some in more severe ways than others (1 Timothy 1:18-20). However, if our lives are a practice of sin rather than a lifestyle of righteousness (1 John 3:9), we should question our salvation. There should be change, for good trees product good fruit, not evil fruit (Matthew 7:17-20). All sin can be forgiven us if we repent and turn to Christ, but rejecting Him will certainly bring us eternal death and torment. -Relevant Bible Teaching
“And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: and he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God
This passage can leave people scratching their heads. What did this fellow do that was so wrong?
The man worked hard, resulting in much success. He had warehouses of merchandise. He had enough wealth that he could retire. Finally, he can kick back and put his feet up.
It sounds as if this guy is living the life most every American wants to live. However, something is missing. In the perspective of the world’s standards, this man has achieved the goal, but in the mindset of God, he is nothing more than a fool.
There is no indication the man said, “There is no God.” Then again, there is no indication the man was of any religion or faith. We do not see this man as antagonistic toward God. He is simply living his life, bringing home the bacon, and looking forward to retirement.
The problem is — God is not in his thought process. He may not say or even believe that there is no God, but he lives as if God does not exist.
God has blessed the man with bumper crops. God did this by providing the man with good seed, fertile ground, the right mixture of rain and sunshine. God has provided the necessary equipment. God kept the man in good health so he could work the fields and run the business. The man can give thanksgiving to God for so much, but we read of nothing of the sort. We can almost see this man smiling on the way to the bank, yet we do not hear the phrase, “Thank you, Lord!”
There is no mention of prayer. When the crops needed rain, when the harvest required additional workers, and at other hard times, we do not read about this man kneeling before God.
There is no mention of any sins in this man’s life. We know he was a sinner; we all are, but we do not read of him committing adultery, being a thief, or of any other type of wrongdoing. Overall, he was probably your average Joe that did well for himself.
Again, the problem was — God was not in his thought process. Instead of praying without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17) or even praying first, prayer, at best, was an afterthought. When all other avenues were exhausted, we might as well pray.
When choices arose, God was not in the thought process when making a decision. - Timothy Johnson