GENERAL  STATEMENTS  IN  THE  BIBLE


QUESTION


What is the point of the story of the prodigal son, and how does it relate to Hebrews 6:6, if it can relate at all?



MY  ANSWER


I  would  say  that  we  here  have  a  very fine  example  of  "general  statements"  


I  think  we  need  to  put  other  words where  we  have  in  verse  4  "it  is"  in italics.  NOT in  the  original  Greek.


I  think  we  need  to  understand  this passage  as  "For it  is  sometimes  and often  impossible....."  etc.


The  prodigal  son  shows  it  is  not always  impossible  to  come  back  to God  in  this  lifetime, when  someone  has  left  God.


As  long  as  there  is  physical  life  in  a person  who  once  knew  the  truth  and walked  in  it,  then  walks away,  it  is  not a  closed  door  that  can  not  be  opened again.  Yes  for  many  who  once  walked in  the  truth  of  God,  and  have  walked away,  most  of  them  in  this  life  may not  come  back,  BUT  a  few  may.  Paul I'm  sure  knew  this,  so  putting  scripture with  scripture,  Paul  was  using  a general  statement;  hence  better understood  as  "For  [it  is  sometimes and  often]  impossible  for  those....."


As  Peter [2 Peter 3:9]  said,  God  is  not  wanting  any  to  perish  but  that  all  may  come  to  repentance.  That  coming  to  repentance  can  be  at  any  time  in  this  physical  life.


Ah  yes  this  shows  the  very  important key  to  reading  ALL  the  Bible,  for  the Bible  is  full  of  "general  statements"  AS  like  in  the  book  of  PROVERBS.....loaded  with  general  statements.

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