Leviticus 4 talks about the sprinkling and pouring out of blood for the atonement of sins committed unintentionally. This unintentional sin doesn’t just mean that something happened by accident. It means that you didn’t realize you were doing wrong. You didn’t realize you were violating the law.
Once you realize that you have sinned, you are to go to the priest to have atonement made. In this way we are all drawn into the upward call of God.
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)
We’re to ever be moving forward, more and more into the image of Christ. God reveals to us more and more in Himself and more and more in ourselves, and we repent and turn from the fleshly ways that displease Him and walk more and more in the fullness of the Spirit and of who He is.
Going backwards is not an option. Rejecting what He’s taught us is not an option. Knowing Him is eternal life. Walking away from what we know of Him is choosing death. Choosing death should be a non-option.
Those who feel they can walk away from what they were taught about God are those who didn’t know Him, or didn’t know for themselves those things about God.
You can’t know God and then not believe He exists. If you really know someone, you can’t honestly deny their existence.
Though it’s hard to see someone walk away from their church upbringing, it may be better for them if they hadn’t known God for themselves and are just walking away from what they don’t know, but could still get to know. That’s better than knowing and choosing death for themselves.
For the rest of us on that upward call, our only choice is to keep walking toward Him. His light and love should draw us to it if we’re at peace with God and not friends with the world.
We stumble and fumble around in this body of flesh, but we walk towards the prize. The blood of the cross covers our sin so that we can walk without consciousness of sin (Hebrews 10:2).
We forget what’s behind and move forward, heavenward in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:13-14)