Falling From Our Faith

falling from faith

Hebrews 6:6 (NIV)

and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.

Is falling away from our faith a danger for Christians?  Throughout the whole book of Hebrews we are warned to be careful, that falling away is a dangerous possibility. Here are two good examples:

Hebrews 10:26-27 (NIV)

26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.

Hebrews 10:36 (NIV)

36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

When it talks about “falling away” it suggests a runner dropping out of a race, veering off the track and giving up.  The Hebrews would have understood that as a picture of abandoning their faith.

Can people “drop out” to the point that there is no longer any hope for their salvation?  Some think so and point out that only God knows when a person’s persistent disobedience will bring such judgment upon to that person.  In the book of Hebrews, it talks about the Israelites being in the desert as the primary example.  The book shows that judgment came only after God had tolerated many rebellions on the Israelites part.   Paul’s concern for his readers suggests that they were dangerously close to crossing the line to where it would have been impossible for them to start over.

Other people read these warnings differently, though.  Those people insist that Christians are eternally secure and can’t fall from grace, so these words are intended for those who have merely tasted God’s grace, but have not truly believed.

Whatever way you interpret this, those who fall away are not those who merely stumble in the race.  Christians may have moments of weakness or temporary lapses in their faith.  They may stumble and then, by God’s grace, they return again to the Lord.  But those who fall away are those who remain unrepentant and persist in their rebellion against God.  A good example of this would be those who crucified Jesus.

As humans, we are flawed by nature and we always seem to find a way to mess things up time and time again.  When we do mess up, it is important that we turn to God and ask His forgiveness.  God loves us and like any good Father, He wants the very best for us.  He will forgive us and because Jesus already paid our debt to sin, we can let our sins go and move on and try to do better in the future.  We can live life with the security of knowing that God will always be there, even when we do mess up.

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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