Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 8, 2014

Why Apologetics?

Independent Thinking

Do you sometimes have nagging doubts about Christianity?
Do you at times wonder whether there really is a God?
Do you occasionally wonder if Jesus is real?
In the face of our culture’s constant barrage, do you question whether the Bible is really true in all that it teaches and affirms?

If you ever struggle with questions like these, then Apologetics has the answers for you. Apologetics is the defense of the Christian faith using evidence, reason, and logic. Evidence and logical reasoning can still doubts and satisfactorily answer nagging questions.

Jesus understands this. Jesus does not expect us to believe without evidence. He Himself provided plenty of evidence during His time on earth. He said His miracles were evidence of His divine identity and purpose:

“…for the works which the Father has given Me to accomplish, the very works that I do, bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.” (John 5:36)

Following His resurrection, Jesus spent 40 days proving to His disciples that He was alive:

To these [His apostles] He also presented Himself alive, after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3)

The top-selling biography of all time is the Gospel of John. The Apostle John said that the reason he authored this biography of Jesus was to provide evidence for belief in Jesus:

Many other signs therefore Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name. (John 20:30,31 )

The Apostle Paul regularly did apologetics, reasoning and providing evidence that Jesus is the Messiah:

And according to Paul’s custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and giving evidence that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.” And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with a great multitude of the God-fearing Greeks and a number of the leading women. (Acts 17:2-4)

Apologetics should be part of every Christian’s regular diet. Reasons and evidence will keep your doubts at bay. To diminish doubt and foster faith, research your questions and learn the answers developed by generations of thoughtful apologists.

See Recommended Resources – Apologetics for many good apologetics sites.
The Debate Answers page from Answers in Genesis gives a long list of web articles answering the common questions posed to creationists.

Questions to Ponder
  1. How would you answer someone who says, “Apologetics is for eggheads. It never converted anybody.”?
  2. What do you think is the most troublesome question or doubt that Apologetics should address?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

Read the sequel in this series on Apologetics:
When Apologetics?

See other articles I’ve written on Apologetics.

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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Wednesday October 8, 2014 A.D.

But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.
(1 Peter 3:14-15)

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