About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:11-14
How are you progressing in your walk with God? Are you still crawling or are you running? Just as when we were born so when we are born again we need to grow and develop from rolling over to crawling to walking to running. No one expects a baby to run a race nor do we expect a baby to enjoy a steak. Babies eat milk graduating to soft foods and then the same foods their parents eat.
Christians are the same. When we first learn about Jesus and accept Him as our savior most of us know little about the intricacies of our faith. This comes with time and effort on our part. Sometimes we start off well but then become stuck in place. Some never get farther than when they first believed, they remain baby Christians. Baby Christians have obtained their own salvation but never bring others into the flock. They never fulfill Jesus command to go out into the world. They are content to stay the same.
Most of us will never lead a church large or small or attend seminary. There are few Billy Grahams or C.S. Lewis’s but that does not mean we should stop our growth as Christians. We need to be in God’s Word. We need to take advantage of the resources around us, other Christians and books and commentaries. We need to be able to tell others why we believe what we believe. We need to be able to show others that Christianity is not only true but rational and supported by proof. In short we all need to know a little about apologetics and a lot about what God has revealed to us in His Word.
The latte is easy, we need to read the Bible, all of it. When we find a passage that gives us trouble we need to turn to our pastor or a mentor for help in understanding the Bible. There are many great commentaries out there but we need to be discerning. Always filtering what we are told by what God has said.
Apologetics is a bit harder but not beyond our reach. Each of us should be able to give a reasoned answer to why we are Christians and be able to answer the unbeliever’s questions. We should also be willing to say we do not know but will find out. Then we need to find out and get back to the other person. To do this one does not need formal training. There are many books out there to aid us. Two of my favorites are C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity and Norman Geisler’s I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist. Lewis’s book sounds a bit strange to the modern reader as it was written for radio in the 1940’s and first published in 1952. Geisler’s book is a more reader friendly version of his earlier books and his lectures on Christian apologetics. Another popular Christian author is Lee Strobel’s “Case for” series of books, especially The Case for Christ in which Strobel recounts how his endeavor to prove Christianity wrong led to his conversion. I would be remiss to leave out William Lane Craig as well as Hugh Ross’ Reasons to Believe organization which shows how science and Christianity are not only compatible but linked together to shoe God’s glory.
We all need to continue to grow in our faith. I know that every time I start one of these writings I invariable find something deeper in the verses then I had noticed before. The meaning never changes but my understanding always grows.
Have a blessed day,
PS For those reading this on my blog two great resources are the Veracity blog and Thomistic Bent. Both are solid in doctrine and always make me think. Their links are on the left hand side of this page. You will also find links to Reasons to Believe and Ilustra Media who produce wonderful high quality videos showing God’s design in nature.