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Matthew 12:31 - Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy [against] the [Holy] Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.


What is blasphemy? No one seems to have the same answer for this one question.

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The difficulty in this passage is not with “blasphemy” in general but with “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.” A good answer to this question is likely to be too long for this site. Here are some good answers. –  mojo May 14 at 6:10
    
What are you asking? I don't get the connection between "Can two or more agree?" and "What is blasphemy?" –  curiousdannii May 14 at 7:56
    
Please clarify as both the questions seem good. –  gideon marx May 14 at 8:07
    
@mojo. The link took me to a site with an answer I did not think was particularly good. I would like to see some answers from people on this site. –  gideon marx May 14 at 8:10
    
@gideonmarx A part of my point is that a detailed answer (to "blasphemy of the Holy Spirit") might be too lengthy to be of practical value here. Defining blasphemy is manageable, but an exegesis of Mt 12:31 workable for this site would either require alluding to a fair amount of argumentation found elsewhere or not providing a sound explanation. –  mojo May 15 at 2:58

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The same story found in Matthew 12 is echoed in Mark's gospel in chapter 3. Except in Mark's account we see Jesus actually clarify what blasphemy against the spirit was.

22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” 23 And he called them to him and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. 27 But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house. 28 “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— 30 for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.” -Mark 3:22-30

So to answer blasphemy is in general to be defiant towards or to deny God. Which man by nature is pretty much 24/7 which is why this can be forgiven. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is to deny the Holy Spirit. The best example would be by being unsaved, i.e. not believing in the Holy Spirit and therefore not being filled with the Holy Spirit and being saved. Which is as it were the only thing that is unforgiven. Unbelief.

At least that's my take on it. Hope this helps, God bless.

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