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How can I know for sure that I'm the person described I. Hebrews 6:4-6? I was genuinely converted with evidences and fruits if the Spirit but turned back into a life if sin, shortly thereafter, failing to crucify my lusts. Is it too late for me to come back to God?

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The passage in Hebrews 6 applies, I believe, to those who saw the truth but didn't accept it (enlightened mentally but not regenerated spiritually, as in verse 4).  These people have "tasted" the truth but not taken it in.  They have categorically rejected Christ and what He did for them and, as a result, cannot enter into fellowship with Him.

You, on the other hand, did accept Christ as Savior.  This is by your own testimony.  It is difficult to understand the unconditional forgiveness that God provides but we have the hope that "if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9).  He loves us that much.  It is never to late to confess that we have sinned and truly regret it.  However, regret is still not enough - we must repent (turn away from them) and turn to God.  If we are honest about our sins and truly want to put them behind us, He will honor that and restore fellowship with us (grant forgiveness and cleanse).  

We can enjoy restored fellowship with God (see the parable of the lost son in Luke 15:11-32).  We need to "come to our senses", ask forgiveness, and seek restoration.

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Using the Bible as my primary source and references in support of it, I am willing to answer questions on subjects from the Old and New Testaments. My faith is based on biblical Christianity and fundamental views from the Bible. I cannot answer questions about specific sects or religious organizations nor can I address religions outside biblical Christianity. As a Christian for over 40 years, I have studied many aspects of the Christian faith. My particular interests are in creation and the natural processes of the world around us and how they fit with the biblical record. I believe that all Scripture is inspired by God. I believe that there are no contradictions in the Bible and that the Bible is complete in telling us as individuals how we should relate to God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit; our purpose on earth; and how we should live. Greek lauguage study has helped me gain additional insight into the New Testament but most of my reference work is done in English and, to a lesser degree, German.

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Personal Bible study over the years, lessons delivered in Sunday School settings and messages during organized services, and leading Bible study series have prepared me to be comfortable addressing questions from others.

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Formal study includes Greek language. I am a layman without a theological degree. Training has come from sitting under the ministry of excellent Bible teachers for my entire adult life, personal study, and selected courses. Secular educational background includes an undergraduate engineering degree, graduate work in engineering and business, and advanced courses in business and theology.

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