Isn't taking god's name in vain blasphemy?
Isn't believing the wrong denomination blasphemy?
sort of to the first, no to the second. "Wherefore I say to you all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven to men but the blasphemy AGAINST the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven to men." Matt 12:31.
Blasphemy is a form of sin representing the most extreme sin. Blasphemy is defiant irreverence, the uniquely terrible sin of intentionally and openly speaking evil against a Holy God or mocking him. Paul confessed that he was a former blasphemer, persecutor and violent aggressor against God but was neverthless shown mercy because he acted ignorantly in unbelief. God's grace is bigger than our sin. Peter even blasphemed Christ with curses and was forgiven.
So even a believer can blaspheme since any thought or word that defames God's name constitutes blasphemy. But to acknowledge that sin and go to the one who forgives is the key.
To question God's goodness, wisdom, fairness, truthfulness, love or faithfulness is also a form of blasphemy but all forgiveable.
There is one exception. Blasphemy against the spirit shall NOT be forgiven. It's more serious. It reflects determined unbelief, the refusal after having seen all the evidence necessary to complete understanding even to consider believing in Christ. It reflects determined rejection of Jesus as the Messiah against every evidence and argument. It's knowingly rejecting Him and condemning Him. In the scripture context above it was those who spoke against the Holy Spirit who saw His divine power working in and through Christ but willfully refused to accept the implications of that revelation and in some cases attributed that power to Satan. They saw things like never before but refused to believe. In the face of every possible evidence of His messiahship they said no. God could do nothing more for them and they would therefore remain eternally unforgiven. That's why I said the only unforgiveable sin is unbelief.
Has nothing to do with denomination. There are true genuine Christians scattered about in many diff denominations. It's about relationship not religion.
[quote]If it can not be forgiven ever, no matter how repentant you are, then every Christian is going to hell.[/quote
Every Christian WAS going to hell before they were saved from it. That's what the whole idea of "saved" or "Savior" comes from. Saved from what? Eternal hell where we all deserve to go. The only difference between a Saint and a Sinner is a Savior. That's what it means to say "there go I but by the grace of God."