DOES THE BOOK OF HEBREWS TEACH THAT A CHRISTIAN CAN APOSTATIZE?

The “falling away” recorded in the Book of Hebrews 5:11-6:6 refers to first century Jews who had been led by the Holy Spirit to leave Judaism and confess Christ, who are now in danger of resisting the Holy Spirit under pressure of persecution, and hardening their hearts against the conviction of the Holy Spirit and     go back to the “Elementary” or beginning and incomplete teachings about Christ under the Old Testament system of types and foreshadows.

They are warned in Hebrews 3:7-8: “So as the Holy Spirit says: ‘Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts”. They were led by the Holy Spirit to see their need of Christ, but after repeated resistance they were in danger of grieving the Spirit away: “If we deliberately keep on sinning (by hardening our hearts) after we have received the knowledge of the truth, (after the Holy Spirit convicts us of our need of Christ) no sacrifice for sin is left (If Christ is rejected, there is no other sacrifice for sin) But only a fearful expectation of judgment and a raging fire that will consume the enemies of God”.

In verse 29 these people are said to have “trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of Grace?

To harden our hearts to the Holy Spirit’s conviction of our need of Christ is to walk on the blood of Christ as a common thing, and insulting the Holy Spirit who has brought this conviction to us.

Christians who are truly born again cannot lose their salvation because the Holy Spirit lives in them. But unbelievers who are on the verge of receiving Christ can harden their hearts to the Holy Spirit’s conviction and “fall away” from receiving Christ.

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE?

The Bible is silent on interracial marriage. It is not clear what this question is asking. Is it asking if it is forbidden? No, the only marriage forbidden in the Bible is in II CORINTHIANS 6:14: “Do not be yoked together with unbelieves” and verse 15 gives the reason: “What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?” Marriage should consist of a partnership with both pulling in the same direction. An   unequal yoke means both pulling in opposite directions, with different purposes and goals in life.

Sometimes a believer will go against God’s direction and marry an unbeliever thinking they can bring them to Christ after they are married. But usually the opposite happens and the believer backslides to get along with his or her mate and never accomplishs God’s purpose in their lives.

Marriage according to the Bible is meant to be permanent. He was intended to be the head of the household while she was to be loved and cherished. The man is to love his wife as Christ loved the church and died for her. This means that while he is the head of the relationship, he is accountable to God to love her as Christ love the church and must be willing lay his life down for her. Every decision he makes must be for her benefit as well as his (Ephesians 5:22-25).

WHAT IS THE MAIN ARGUMENT FOR BIBLICAL CREATION?

The ancient myths of creation all begin with matter in some form or another, as do the so-called more sophisticated theories of evolution. They all begin with space, matter and time. Only the Bible begins with the First Cause: an Eternal, Almighty, Personal God. Only this can explain the intelligent design of creation with life and personality.

Biblical creation begins with God alone. He was the preexisting intelligence and power necessary to bring creation into being, operating from another dimension. God created everything out of nothing. He simply spoke the creation into existence.

The following is taken from my book THE BIBLE EXPLAINED.

The universe is clearly a place of thought and planning. Only persons can think and plan. If you find yourself in a room with a soda machine, you put your money in and the machine gives you a soda. We know that matter cannot think. A person who can think had to design that machine to obey a certain built-in response to the money being inserted.

Machines do not think; matter does not think. The stars and planets and other material bodies did not get together and decide which laws they would obey and operate under. A Great Designer did this. As a house is not built simply to look at, but walking through it, one realizes that it was built for people, so also the earth was created for people. As one scientist has said: “Its as though the universe knew we were coming.