Better to have never known righteousness (2 Pet 2:21)

“It would have been better

For them

Never to have known

The ways of righteousness


After knowing it,

To turn back

From the holy commandments

That were passed on

To them.”

κρεῖττον γὰρ ἦν αὐτοῖς μὴ ἐπεγνωκέναι τὴν ὁδὸν τῆς δικαιοσύνης, ἢ ἐπιγνοῦσιν ὑποστρέψαι ἐκ τῆς παραδοθείσης αὐτοῖς ἁγίας ἐντολῆς.

This author said, “It would have been better (κρεῖττον γὰρ ἦν) for them (αὐτοῖς) never to have known (μὴ ἐπεγνωκέναι) the ways of righteousness (τὴν ὁδὸν τῆς δικαιοσύνης) than, after knowing it (ἢ ἐπιγνοῦσιν), to turn back from (ὑποστρέψαι) the holy commandments (ἁγίας ἐντολῆς) that were passed on (ἐκ τῆς παραδοθείσης) to them (αὐτοῖς).”  This author continued with the problem of those who had become followers of Jesus Christ and then turned back to their original pagan evil ways.  He said that it would have been better for those who abandoned Christianity not to have known the ways of righteousness in the first place.  They were turning their backs on the holy commandments of God.  They knew the ways of Jesus Christ that had been passed on them.  Yet they abandoned them, despite knowing about them.  They would have been better off if they knew nothing about Jesus Christ.  What do you think about those who have abandoned Christianity?

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