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Milk - Is It A Religion You Can "Drink?"

"For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe" (Heb.5:13)

I hope I can put my thoughts together properly, because what I am writing may seem to be contradictory. There have been a lot of slogans put out by the milk industry to sell their product..." does a body good."...Milk, it's fitness you can drink"..."You never outgrow your need for milk." I guess because of the fat content in milk, it went out of vogue for adults some time ago. Since the calcium in milk is very good for us, reducing the fat content has made it more marketable. Most of us have figured out what the writer the writer of the Book of Hebrews is talking about here. A milk only diet is great for little babies, but adults eventually need more.(Peter echoes the same sentiments)

He goes on in verse 14 to say, "But solid food belongs to those who are of full age." So, is there still room for milk? To the Christian, milk is dealing with the "elementary principles." For example, repentance is an elementary principle of Christianity. Do we outgrow our need to repent? Forgiveness is an elementary principle of Christianity. Do we ever outgrow our need to forgive? Is there some sort of dichotomy of thought here? I don't believe so.

The basic principles, the milk of Christianity, remain unchanged. Faith, hope, and love are to remain the core of our belief system. Where we diverge is in the important aspect of growth. The baby eventually "outgrows" it's need for a "milk only" diet. It is growing and needs even more nutrition that only solid food can give. "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18). The key here is GROWTH! Only as we grow in the knowledge of the Lord can we be found acceptable to Him.

No, we never really outgrow our need for milk. We don't outgrow the elementary principles of Christianity, we just need to grow in them and improve each day....More on this tomorrow....

Have a wonderful week...Go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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