goes to Hebrews 6 Nope!
Note the verse 9! Biblical context is important. The description of verses 1-7 does not apply to those who are truly saved. It applies to unbelievers who pretend to accept the truth and get a taste of what God is like, and then decide it's just a 'thing' to do and walk away when they get something that they want more.
This passage is a reference to the Parable of the Sower: [https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+13&version=NASB] That parable is talking about responses to the gospel, not about people becoming unsaved.
The point is if you are truly saved, you will be trusting God for your salvation and be secure in it, and not constantly be repeating the foundation of salvation to soothe yourself. You'll move on from the basics to maturity. This passage is encouraging the Hebrew believers to move on from basic teaching that is feeding the fake believers in the group that wanted to influence them to go back to Judaism, and instead teach on mature subjects of the faith to weed out their bad influence.
If you're not assured of your salvation, you'll end up repeating the gospel over and over again and basic truths to assure that you're saved, which this Scripture tells us not to do. Irony! Scripture doesn't contradict itself.
No, we don't. Proverbs does say that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, but that's a respect for the fact that God created and ordered the universe and controls it - without that, you'll never be able to understand the world deeply. The respect for your parents is respect for the position God gave them over you as an authority and the fact that they have more understanding than you of how the world operates. That's totally different from this:
This kind of fear of God leaves people in chains. Because what happens is that they are scared of what God will do to them, then they come to hate the fact that they are scared and then they rebel against their own fear by doing terrible things...in order to try to overcome God by their own strength, who is making them scared. That's a huge part of the sin nature. What did Adam and Eve do in the garden? They ran away from God and hid from them because they were scared of God.
And if this is the relationship you have with your parents...you need help. It's only a matter of time before the abuse starts, if it isn't already happening. We do not need more of this fear. It's part of what God saved us from.
We don't need fear, Hans. We need love. I know that might be a minor disruption in your great plans to conquer and control the universe, but it is true...and without truth, there is no love.
This passage is actually textually uncertain - it seems to be something that was added to the Gospel of John later by a scribe, and so we don't know whether it really happened. Also, you can't generalize all modern adulterers that way - I know at least one who is an exception to the rule. He actually expected to die.
Of course you would do that, Hans.
If Paul was carrying around guilt, then it wouldn't have been true forgiveness. Jesus paid for Paul's sins on the cross, so Paul is not going to be held accountable for them. He wasn't judged for them: he was forgiven of them. That's what forgiveness is.
I actually did that in the post you quoted, but I'll say it again: to be truly saved you believe that Jesus Christ died and rose from the dead to pay for your sins. You trust God for your salvation, not your own works (or how many times you repeat the gospel and confess) to save you.
That verse doesn't say that, but it's still true. Otherwise Jesus' Christ's sacrifice wouldn't be sufficient payment for your sins, and then you're not believing that it is, which means that you're not saved. See this verse also:
Christ's sacrifice is a once-for-all sacrifice that is sufficient to atone for all of our sins.
To believe something is to acknowledge something as true. In order for you to lose belief, you would have to have evidence that your salvation is fake and that Jesus' sacrifice didn't pay for your sins. Belief is not an emotional thing - it's an intellectual process.
However, the Gospel is actually true, so that evidence doesn't exist. Therefore, if you lose faith in the Gospel and claim that it isn't true after you're saved, there will be a part of you that does still believe it, and that part of you will hurt. Your mind will turn into a maze of intellectual contradictions and make a mess of itself, and God will bring trials into your life to drag you back to the truth. I mean, you can lie to yourself and pretend that the Gospel isn't true to please other people later, but part of you will know that it is a lie and eventually the illusion will collapse. The truth is the truth - if you believe the truth, it will always haunt you.
The bottom line is this: if you believe that you can lose your salvation, you never had it in the first place, because that is a misunderstanding of what salvation truly is. Salvation is relying on Jesus' work on the cross to save you from your sins, and nothing else. Not your faith, not your belief, not your thoughts, not your pet dog.
Jesus died and rose again to save me from my sins: True
Jesus is the Lord of my life and I should follow what he has to say: True
You agree? Good, you're saved. Trust God for your salvation and move on. We have bigger fish to fry over here. (which is what the Hebrews passage I quoted at the top of this post says in so many words.)
Numbers 35 records an actual command of God, so I'm not sure what you are talking about.
Actually, no it's not. If they leave the city and the avenger of blood meets them, they could be killed. Most people don't want to end up dead, so they have to stay in the city to remain alive.
Pro-choice is not pro-abortion. What the Democratic Party believes is that if we don't allow abortions, people will do it anyway with coat hangers. They believe that we are helpless to prevent abortions from happening, which isn't true because the Gospel can prevent abortions from happening.
We're still electing people in our democratic system. People have beliefs, not parties.
Anyone anyone. All people can be saved by the gospel.
The Gospel absolves people from guilt. Jesus paid it all. God is working everything out in his plan and power. Check out Romans 6: [https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+6&version=NASB]
The Gospel frees people from sin the way that death does - frees them from the fear and the sin and all of that. So if someone is saved, they have died to sin already and are living in righteousness. There's no need to kill them again.
Finally, guilt is a form of inward shame and condemnation, and there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus either. We don't have to feel like we have to atone for our sins because we don't.
I agree with you - that's actually the context of the passage I just quoted from Romans 6:
See, sin is so loathesome and so bad that we should be relieved to escape it through the Gospel! Actually it is the hands-down worst and scariest thing. Scared of death? How about the thing responsible for all of the deaths? In fact, sin is far worse than any individual murderer - even murderers should be given the opportunity to take the Gospel and escape, that's how bad it is! And adulterers and transgender people and everyone! Anything to end sin and conquer it where it lies!
Even if it means sparing a murderer's life for a few more minutes, you know? But that's my thing. At any rate, Hans, you've got some work to do on your world conquering scheme. Needs work. You'll end up scaring people and starting an uprising.