Backsliding is a term used within Christianity to describe a process by which an individual who has converted to Christianity reverts to pre-conversion habits and practices. Within churches which teach Arminianism, backsliding is a state in which any free willed being can adopt, which is a doctrine rejected by Calvinists. 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, the story of the Prodigal Son has become a representation of a backslider.

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