Why is it that some people make a profession of faith, continue for a
while, and then seem to disappear? You no longer see them at church and
it seems they have lost their faith. Today’s attached devotional
explains this sad phenomena and shows how to keep from being its victim.
God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Hebrews 2:1-4 (ESV)
1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 2 For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, 4 while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
“I am not asking anyone to accept Christianity if his best reasoning tells him that the weight of the evidence is against it…. But supposing a man’s reason once decides that the weight of the evidence is for it. I can tell that man what is going to happen to him in the next few weeks. There will come a moment when there is bad news, or he is in trouble, or is living among a lot of other people who do not believe it… Or else there will come a moment when he wants a woman, or wants to tell a lie…, or sees a chance of making a little money in some way that is not perfectly fair; some moment, in fact, at which it would be very convenient if Christianity were not true. And now wishes and desires will carry out a blitz… Now faith…is the art of holding on to things your reason has once is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of you changing moods. For moods will change, whatever view your reason takes. Unless you teach your moods ‘where they get off,’ you can never be either a sound Christian or even a sound atheist, but just a creature dithering to and fro, with its beliefs really dependent on the weather and the state of its digestion…. Your moods change…. That is why daily prayers and religious reading and church-going are necessary parts of the Christian life…. As a matter of fact, if you examined a hundred people who had lost their faith in Christianity, I wonder how many of them would turn out to have been reasoned out of it by honest argument? Do not most people simply drift away?” [C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, (Westwood, NY: Barbour and Company, Inc., 1952), p. 118-120]