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Hebrews 6:4-6 seems to indicate that someone who leaves the faith can never return. I was baptised and took communion, however, raised secularly since then and became a serious atheist. I now am trying to return to Catholicism, but this passage is making me fear that it is too late for me. Is this true?
- 4For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. *
In my experience, former atheists make some of the most admirable Christians in the congregation, presumably because they have made a more conscious and intentional decision for God than those who left the Church but never really stopped believing.
You returned from a greater distance than many of us and represent a greater victory for God and conversely a greater defeat for satan. Gods Kingdom is greater because of your repentance and forgiveness.
Don't hesitate in confession. I made too big a deal of and waited to long. I actually spent more time worrying about it than it took to do the confession AND the penance combined.
This may help....
1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.
2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4 What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
7 **I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.**