Apostasy 101 2017-23
I suggest that those that may be interested in detail, about this word could look it up and find out just what it means. Wikipedia has a great description or explanation of apostasy and with more detail than I could or want to make about it.
My thoughts are more about Christianity and the ramifications of apostasy in line with this religion. Many people cannot be tainted with this word, but some would use it to explain their reasons for saying others DO deserve this word as a description of the other’s actions.
I think of other “A” words, in religion, that come to mind. The definition of the Apostles of the time of Jesus is one, but also, Agnostics and Atheistic are others. Affirmation, Alleluia, Almighty, All-knowing, Absolutism, Acolyte, Advent, Agape, Altar, Angel, Annunciation, Ascension, and finally, Amen are more words beginning with “A”. Just some facts, that’s all, but I digress, so allow me to continue.
So, I will NOT keep you in suspense with what Apostasy means. It means the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief.
Why discuss this? Well, I came across this word, Apostasy, and did not know exactly what it meant so researched it.
Once I knew, I started thinking about the word. How many of us have become Apostates who are persons who were once affiliated with a faith group, but have since “fallen away” and left the group. One group’s apostate is, sometimes, another group’s convert, but not always…..
I am not going to attempt to ridicule or denounce anyone if they fit this category. In my blog, I have recently written about the subjects, Judging, Death of Religion, and Church – GoNoGo that attempted to describe the way things may be today in a religious concept. These are available at TheBettsDen.com and have many other subjects to peruse if you wish.
If someone called me a “bloody apostate” it would be tempting to go ballistic with that person, if I knew what it meant. Since I DO know now, I would argue with that person, if I did not believe the person. Besides, who is he or she in the realm of judging me?
OK, if I left my Lutheran religion in a way that would appear to have abandoned it, or if I publicly stated that I renounced it or Christianity, maybe they would be correct.
But, if I have strayed away from the religion and got out of the habit of going to church, for instance, how does that person know that fact. There are many reasons why I may not be practicing a faith religion for instance, and others might not know the facts, simple as that.
There are studies, I am sure, that show statistics with percentages of this group or that group who have “fallen away” from their faith. The Barna Group publishes on a regular basis, the numbers of this or that in relation to faith issues. If you see them, it might be appalling to some to find out just how the various ages of people have changed their affiliation with a religious group. Barna also gives the reasons per sampling surveys and it is truly interesting to read.
OK, what happens if one decides to leave their faith. Well, NOTHING in most cases. Basically, nobody would notice or in most cases could care less. Some, religions have edicts that say the penalty for doing so, is DEATH or imprisonment at least. That is quite a deterrent to not leaving their faith, but that is not the norm in the world.
Basically, in America, Apostasy is not uncommon and there are not any repercussions to get away from faith groups. I have, somewhat, mentioned this in my blogs titled Death to Religion and Church- Go-No-Go, not by name, but by the actions of people that have strayed in some way.
Regardless of the reason of why someone becomes an apostate, I feel it is sad. What happened that made the person leave their faith? Why did they do so and did they know they were leaving, or did it just happen, period!! The author of many novels, C.S. Lewis, did so when he was a young man. He readily admitted that it was because God did not “save” his mother when he was younger, after she became ill and died. I understand that to a degree. He did come back to religion and was, or became, a modern mystic. His nonfiction writings expound on his beliefs. I really recommend the book he wrote, “Mere Christianity” for it has a load of questions and answers about faith, belief in God and Jesus Christ.
Either we believe in God or we don’t; simple as that. I cannot convince anyone to believe in a God that is unseeing, quiet or non-talking, mystical, or vague in the mind of those that need a concrete being that they can relate to in life. Too bad, because God is a Deity that is there, but needs faith in Him as a requirement of belief.
I was blessed. I saw the Glory of God, I was touched by the Savior, I heard Him speak, the Holy Spirit came into my life to advise, comfort, and console me, and I experienced God firsthand in the proof, to me, that made me know that there is a God. I know He is Alive, He is Aware, He is Active, and most of all, He is Present in my life. And YOURS TOO!!!!!
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So be it.