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Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia

Apostasy, the

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  1. Its Cause . The marriage of the sons of God and the daughters of Men (Genesis 6:1,2 ).

  2. Its Effect on the Human Race . Men forgot God and became giants In wickedness (Genesis 6:3,4 ).

  3. Its Effect on the Creator . "And the LORD repented that he had Made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart" (Genesis 6:6 ). The word "repent" always describes a change in something. There is a sense In which God cannot change (Matthew 3:9 ; James 1:17 ). He is always God, omnipotent and eternal. There is a sense in which He changes His Purposes toward us, otherwise forgiveness would be impossible (Jeremiah 31:34 ; Hebrews 8:12 ). God has declared that the soul that sins shall die (Ezekiel 18:4 ), but the sinner who turns from his sins and obeys the Lord, has the promise of salvation (2 Peter 3:9 ). God therefore changes His purposes toward men, but He is always God!

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Johnson, Ashley S. Entry for 'Apostasy, the'. Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia. 1896.

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Thursday, November 26th, 2020
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