A linguistic theory that applies to techniques for reading texts developed by Jacques Derrida, Paul de Man, and others; these techniques in turn are connected to a set of philosophical claims about language and meaning. The term has been used to describe what happens when texts are allowed to mean whatever a person wants them to mean. That is to say that a word or phrase can have as many definitions as the number of people reading it, thus making the word or phrase meaning-less.
We have seen what culture does to language in our lifetime. Certain terms have morphed into something not remotely resembling their original intent. A few days ago, I visited a website and scrolled down to read some comments. Now, I do not do this very often as it tends to make me cranky, and I suppose this case turned out to be pretty normal, as far as the crankiness goes, because here I am blogging about it!
apostasy: wikipedia: from the Greek word apostasia ("ἀποστασία") meaning defection, departure, revolt or rebellion. It has been described as "a willful falling away from, or rebellion against. "Apostasy is a theological category describing those who have voluntarily and consciously abandoned their faith in the God of the covenant, who manifests himself most completely in Jesus Christ." Another way of saying this is: falling away from the Truth.
The posted comment stated: Apostasy is the mass rejection of christianity. Maybe I am nitpicking, but I think the things we say, how we say them, and the reasons we say them are critical. The power of life and death is in the tongue. Too many Scriptures dealing with this to list. The message is clear. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
The definition of apostasy is not mass rejection of christianity. It is the falling away from the Truth. In order to fall away from the Truth, you have to have known it. "christianity" is a religion. You can be a “christian” and have a relationship with the One True Living God, but you can also be a "christian" and not have one. Yeshua was not a christian and neither was Peter, John or Paul. As Believers in Messiah, we are the body of Messiah. It is not, nor has it ever been the world/enemy against christians. It is about The Lie masquerading as Truth to deceive if it were possible, even the elect, the body of Messiah.