Every once in a while individuals will eat something that doesn’t sit well. Certain drinks or foods will leave a bad after taste. Other combinations can result in bad breath, heart burn and stomach cramps. If you are trying to win a friend over to your favorite restaurant, sometimes tasting is not believing.
It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace, Hebrews 6:4-6.
Human nature causes individuals to encounter several phases over the course of one’s life. Whether its curiosity, emotion or peer pressure, the hesitant will put their toes in the water first to see if they want to dive in or not. The author of Hebrews warns first century citizens about applying this same principle to Christianity. Unfortunately, a let me try it for a while to see if I like it mentality cause many souls every year to abandon their faith.
Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them, Mark 4:15.
This mindset has filtered down into many traditions like dating, marriage and sex. The world uses a car buyer analogy, wanting to test drive something before they purchase it to justify living together before getting married and premarital sex. Perhaps this is want Jesus was referring to in Mark 4:15, warning souls against walking by sight instead of by faith. In life it only takes one moment of compromise before temptation leads you to taste forbidden fruit. If this behavior develops into a pattern, your life may be summarized by tasting but not believing.
by Jay Mankus