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If you die as an atheist, then, yes. It's an unpardonable sin. To blaspheme the Holy Spirit means that you have clearly heard and understand that Jesus is the only way to heaven and you reject that message. That will send you to hell. Even people who think they believe in God will end up in hell because they heard and understand but never accepted that Jesus in the only way- John 14:6- to be reconciled with God.
In my way of looking at this 'name identification' type of group affiliation that consists of people that don't believe there is such an entity or being that was/is the creator of all and master of all" called --GOD-- and in which has the name "atheists" do have a serious eternal life problem! As long as an individual person continues to "not believe in God", and he/she is continuing to deny and/or reject God at every opportunity to come to saving Grace unto salvation, he/she is rejecting God's Holy Spirit. To me, the out and out rejection of His Holy Spirit up till physical death is the 'unpardonable sin'. The Bible tells us that "to die without the Lord is to die in your trespasses". This is a very, very sad event for all who loved that person. "God gave His son for a ransom, so that no one may perish, but yet have everlasting life with Him in Heaven". God loves each of us so much, that "He sent His one and only begotten Son to live and to die for all our sins, so that we may have a home in Heaven with Him for all eternity." "Praise God that He provided a Savior! And, His name JESUS CHRIST"! --Andy--
I agree with David. I would add that the term "blaspheming the Holy Spirit" could actually be redefined to "rejecting the Holy Spirit." At least this is my understanding. An atheist would have no reason to reject what he doesn't believe. Not until one researches Christianity, and makes a definitive declaration that he will never accept rebirth from Christ, thus rejecting the indwelling of the Paraclete, permanently, is his fate sealed. A very interesting debate is whether or not one can "cast out" the Holy Spirit, and become unsaved. I have really gained massive respect for the poster "S. Michael", and would be very leery of having an opposite position. I will only say this... My personal experience is that I asked Jesus to be my Lord at age 20. There were few changes, and they didn't last long, even though I did say the sinners prayer. At age 32, I watched a tape on Luther. Being raised a Roman Catholic, I had the same issues as Martin did 500 years ago. Rom 1:17 was his conversion verse, and mine too...."The just shall live by faith." Then, I was truly born again. God started making changes to remove most of my worldly sin. I see the fruit, now. So I would ask if those who supposedly were saved, but renounced, were actually born again, or pretenders like I was for over 12 years. Somehow I just cant see the actual presence of God within a man, being rejected by the same.
Luke 12:10 "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." Atheism is not an unforgivable sin, as evidenced by the conversions of C.S. Lewis, Lee Strobel, et al. All humans start life as unbelievers because we are born with a fallen nature. The only unforgivable sin in the Bible is blaspheming the Holy Spirit. In the passage above, Jesus was referencing the Pharisees and scribes who were claiming that Jesus' miracles were coming from Satan, not God. To ascribe to Satan the works of the Holy Spirit is an unforgivable sin because it reveals the hardness of heart against God by the speaker/s. Jesus' miracles were clearly from the Father, but the Pharisees were far more concerned about their political, economic and social standing with Rome and the community than they were with a relationship with God and they were willing to deny God for their own benefit. While Satan is capable of mimicking miracles, he can do so only if God allows it to deceive unbelievers (see Revelations for examples). If a person is concerned they may have committed the unpardonable sin, they most probably have not. One who has done so is so far from God that they have no concern about their relationship with Jesus and do not care that they have done so.
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