Belle wrote:I agree. This is why I think they should have done a better job with her formally being a Christian and losing her faith.
Now, do you mean "formally," as is written, or "formerly." The context of what you said depends upon which word. Yes, Renee could have formally
been a Christian as a young child. Perhaps her parents went to church and brought her or a church bus picked her up.
She could have been like many Americans and professed Christianity in a formal
manner, but there is no salvation/indwelling Holy Spirit involved. Thus she could lose her so-called "faith" in that instance, especially over something that in hindsight is not utterly lifechanging.
However, she could not formerly
have been a Christian, though she may have formerly lived a Christian life. She may have lost her faith, yes, but if she truly accepted Christ, even though she turned her back on Him, He did not consequently reject her. So, in this context, would you describe a Christian as simply one that is saved and professes Christ, or the view of the citizens of Antioch who dubbed people Christians if they lived the lifestyle?
Sorry to get deep. I'm in a thought-provoking mood.
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