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Princeton's WordNet

  1. backsliding, lapse, lapsing, relapse, relapsing, reversion, revertingnoun

    a failure to maintain a higher state


  1. backslidingnoun

    An occasion on which one backslides, especially in a moral sense

  2. backslidingadjective

    sliding back


  1. Backsliding

    Backsliding, also known as falling away or described as "committing apostasy", is a term used within Evangelical Christianity to describe a process by which an individual who has converted to Christianity reverts to pre-conversion habits and/or lapses or falls into sin, when a person turns from God to pursue their own desire. To revert to sin or wrongdoing, especially in religious practice, someone lapses into previous undesirable patterns of behavior. To be faithful, thus to believe backsliding is a reversion, in principle upholds the Apostle Paul’s condition in salvation: "If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9 (TNIV). In Christianity, within the Roman Catholic Church as well as those denominations which teach Arminianism such as the Methodist Churches, backsliding is a state which any free-willed believer is capable of adopting. This belief is rejected by Calvinists endorsing the perseverance of the saints doctrine. In these denominations, it is taught that the backslidden individual is in danger of eventually going to Hell if he does not repent (see Conditional security). Historically, backsliding was considered a trait of the Biblical Israel which would turn from the Abrahamic God to follow idols. In the New Testament church (see Acts of the Apostles and Christianity in the 1st century), the story of the Prodigal Son has become a representation of a backslider who repented.Alternatively, doctrinal evidence in the Old Testament suggests that backsliding is meant for Jews and not for Christians. This is supported by verses in Jeremiah, notably 8:5, which says, "Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? They hold fast deceit, they refuse to return." However, the latter (or person of any faith) can use backsliding in a spiritual sense.Backsliding, or sometimes entropa, is also used by Buddhists and Zen practitioners, there is optimism in making oneself resolved in following a way and in practice; "Making a resolve, even if we fall down, generates its own merit which will bear fruit in our future success if we do not give up."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Backsliding

    of Backslide

  2. Backslidingadjective

    slipping back; falling back into sin or error; sinning

  3. Backslidingnoun

    the act of one who backslides; abandonment of faith or duty

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of backsliding in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of backsliding in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of backsliding in a Sentence

  1. Jonathan Schanzer:

    Turkey has been backsliding into a dangerous blend of authoritarianism and Islamism.

  2. Jane Fondalikes to toke:

    I’ve found myself backsliding a bit of late in terms of where my thoughts have tended to reside (not always with the generosity of vision I wish for) and my confidence has been iffy for the past four months, so, while meditating today, an idea came to me: I’m going to create a shrine to myself —or, at least, the self I wish to be, the self who began to manifest when I was a young girl before the s**t hit the fan.

  3. Dan Becker:

    We can't accept backsliding or loopholes that undermine their success just to put more gas-guzzlers on the road.

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