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jeanne: and Sarah: Hi

<<The change is SO complete that it cannot be undone. It is not just a way of thinking or a temporary situation; but a complete brain change that cannot be unchanged. >>

I can understand what you meant by this statement Sarah, and I agree with it to considerable extent, but with some reservations.

If we are to apply scripture principles to your statement we will need to substitute the word 'mind' for the word brain. According to St Paul it is our 'mind' that changes, (as in a fundamental change of one's mind, to be like minded with Jesus Christ), thus Paul can say "We have the mind of Christ'. 1 Cor. 2:16.

We could never have the brain of Christ because his brain is/was unique only to him. Brain transplants have yet to be successfully accomplished.

The other thing is that we must 'persevere' in the faith until the final goal is reached and the race finally finished, to obtain the salvation that is ours. 1 Cor. 9:24, Gal. 5:7, Heb. 12:1+. Rev. 3:10.

When one 'changes one's mind', it is perfectly possible to 'change one's mind' again. It is for that reason we appeal to The Holy Spirit to keep us in the faith, which is our salvation.

OSAS or once saved always saved, is no guarantee of salvation, OSAS is unscriptural nonsense, Matt. 13:20-21. It certainly does not apply if one insists on becoming 'like a dog returning to eat its own vomit'. 2 Pet. 2:21-22.

Having said that though, Jesus Christ is not one to carelessly lose his sheep. They would need to be excessively wayward to escape his care and attention no matter how far they may wander from the narrow way. Their return journey to the fold may be undignified though, for a sheep.

The genetic argument applies only to a possible predisposition to 'being religious' or having what might be described as 'religious or spiritual experiences'. It is limited to the physical body and has nothing whatever to do with being 'Born of the Spirit', which is a supernatural experience, (from above, in the sense of being a 'vitality or life' bestowed by a higher power than that which governs mortal flesh and blood).

Regards Chris.
In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 2 Cor. 5:19. Love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Pet.4:8b.

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