Drifting Away from the TruthThe Hebrew write declared, "Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things that were heard, lest haply we drift away from them" (ASV — Hebrews 2:1). It is interesting to note that the writer speaks of "drifting" away. The idea of drifting suggests a gradual departure over time. Apostasy usually starts with what many see as a "little" thing that really doesn't seem to be any "big deal." Then another step is taken, and another, until one's position doesn't even resemble where he originally started.
Not only have those who do this departed from the truth, but they are ready to oppose teachers of truth who seek their return to truth. When Amos was sent to speak against the idolatry of Israel Amaziah, a priest of Bethel and friend of king Jeroboam, told Amos, "But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king's chapel, and it is the king's court." (Amos 7:13). Rather than heed the truth spoken by Amos he attacked Amos. Such happens today and reminds me of a quote by George Orwell. He said, "The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it."