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Ask the Pastor

† Theological musings and answers to selected questions by a confessional Lutheran pastor.

12 February 2006

Cursing at God

Q: What happens when Christians get so angry that they curse God or Jesus? Is this the unforgivable sin?

A: Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (see Ephesians 4:30) means rejection of the salvation He brings in Word and Baptism. It denies the forgiveness He delivers in divine Absolution. It scorns the faith He creates in your heart and His gifts of church fellowship, Holy Communion, and the like. Such hardness of heart denies and refuses God’s love. Anger against God is not usually unforgivable, because most often, those who yell at God do it because they know God’s power and His mercy and are upset because they aren’t seeing this concern more clearly in their own lives.

You don’t say if you did this yourself. If you did, then you sinned against God. If so, then trust His forgiveness and give your sin to Him, just as you gave Him your wrath. For more details, please see an earlier post on the Unforgivable Sin.

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Walter Snyder is the pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Emma, Missouri and coauthor of the book What Do Lutherans Believe.

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