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Subject: Searching for a Bible Verse
I am searching for a bible passage that was similar to the following. I may be totally off base but am determined that I have heard it quoted:
“Those that have never heard the word of God are closer to salvation than those that have heard it and have turned away.”
Can you enlighten me please?
Hi brother Tommy~
I believe the passage that you have been searching for is found in 2 Peter 2:20-22:
2 Peter 2:20-22 For if after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21 For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22 It has happened to them according to the true proverb, "A dog returns to its own vomit," and, "A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire." New American Standard Bible
Other possibilities are Hebrews 6:4-6,Romans 13:11, Hebrews 2:1 and Romans 10:8-16:
Hebrews 6:4-6 For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God, and put Him to open shame. New American Standard Bible
Romans 13:11 Why all this stress on behavior? Because, as I think you have realized the present time is of the highest importance—it is time to wake up to reality. Every day brings God’s salvation nearer than the day in which we took the first step of faith. Phillip’s New Testament
Romans 13:11 And this, knowing the season, that already it is time for you to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer to us than when we first believed. American Standard Version
Romans 13:11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. New King James Version
Romans 13: 11 Carry out these injunctions because you know the critical period at which we are living, and that it is now high time, to rouse yourselves from sleep; for salvation is now nearer to us than when we first became believers. Weymouth New Testament Translation
Romans 13:11 And this do, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believe. New American Standard Bible
Hebrews 2:1 SINCE ALL this is true, we ought to pay much closer attention than ever to the truths that we have heard, lest in any way we drift past [them] and slip away. Amplified Bible
Romans 10:8-16 But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" — that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; 10 for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed." 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call upon Him; 13 for "Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved." 14 How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings of good things!" 16 However, they did not all heed the glad tidings; for Isaiah says, " Lord, who has believed our report? " New American Standard Bible
Please let me know if this is the passage you wanted, so that I know if I have helped you.
Craigo (my nickname - for my friends)
1 Peter 3:15 Always be ready to give reasonable justification to anyone who asks you for an explanation of the hope that is within you, but do it considerately and courteously.