Alzheimer's disease is a loathsome, devastating, insidious disease. It slowly and progressively erodes one's mental powers. It's a thief, stealing one's personality bit by bit until the unwary victim is no longer the same person as before its unsuspected onset. It begins with memory loss, very subtle at first, but continues until it freezes the facial expression and turns the hollowed eyes into unintelligent blank stares. The one you knew and loved, is not at home now and a merciless demon has moved into a defenseless body.
My limited brain has been consumed thinking about this, and I wonder (spiritually speaking) if there could be such a disease afflicting some disciples. Paul refers to some members as being sick. Speaking of an advanced spiritual degeneration in some members, inspired writers say it's onset is also first detected by a loss of memory; it then progresses through stages until it saps all spiritual life out of a Christian. Listen to Jeremiah, "my people have forgotten me days without number." Peter, concerned about this soul stealing disease, says: "But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins." Jude Adds: "I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not."
The author of Hebrews warns that this soul destroying disease can progress until it reaches the fatal stage: "For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame." Spiritual Alzheimers, if it exists, is worse than the physical disease which can only destroy the mind and body -it steals the soul and murders it forever. Is there such a thing as spiritual Alzheimer's disease? Seems so. But, thanks to our merciful Father, if one repents, this disease can be cured -so we, the few, must take heed-now- before its too late.