Apostasy is the rejection of Christianity and there are four main apostate images in the bible: rebellion, turning away, falling away and adultery.
Apostasy is a rebellion against God in classical literature.
“The Mighty One, God, the LORD! The Mighty One, God, the LORD! He knows; and let Israel itself know! If it was in rebellion or in breach of faith toward the LORD, spare us not today.” (Joshua 22:22)
The image of turning away from the Lord, who is the rightful leader, and following false gods is the dominant image for apostasy in the Old Testament.
“To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness; because we have rebelled against him, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God by following his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. All Israel has transgressed thy law and turned aside, refusing to obey thy voice. And the curse and oath which are written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out upon us, because we have sinned against him.” (Daniel 9:9-11)
The image of falling, with the sense of going to eternal destruction, is particularly evident in the New Testament.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:24-27)
One common image of apostasy in the Old Testament is adultery. It includes the idea of someone blinded by infatuation for an idol.
“Then those of you who escape will remember me among the nations where they are carried captive, when I have broken their wanton heart which has departed from me, and blinded their eyes which turn wantonly after their idols; and they will be loathsome in their own sight for the evils which they have committed, for all their abominations.” (Ezekiel 6:9)
I present clearly with deep grief and sympathy figures from a front page article of The Wall Street Journal’s Weekend edition of January 3-4, 2015: “Europe’s Empty Churches Go on Sale”. The article contains a percentage box of European population who say they are unaffiliated with any religion in 2010: France, 28.0%; Germany, 24.7%; Italy, 12.4%; Netherlands, 42.1%; and United Kingdom, 21.3%.