“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.”
That passage sends shivers down my spine every time I read it. Does it mean what it sounds like? Can a good Christian sin and in so doing forfeit their salvation? Could the verse be talking about repeated sins like addictions or swearing where people do them over and over again and repeatedly damage their spiritual lives?
From what I've read, that's not supposed to be what it means, if so, are there any other verses that support a less literal meaning of the passage above, verses that affirm that God's mercy is limitless?
In short, the question is, is there anything that we can do on Earth that will stuff us up so bad that repentance is impossible even if we want it? To me that sounds like what the verse is suggeting but I don't think that's consistent with the rest of the Bible...
I'm interested to hear what people think about this...
God bless you all
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