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Apologize for My Faith?

March 13, 2013 :: Bob F.
That’s what I thought when I first heard the words Christian Apologetics. After all it seemed natural to assume that the word apologetics must be based on the same root word as apology.
What I came to learn is that Christian apologetics is the part of Christian theology (the study of God) that gives a rational defense of the Christian faith. The word “apologetics” is a derivative of the Greek word apologia that, according to Wikipedia, means “giving an explanation or reply and to rebut the charge”. In other words, telling people the reason why you believe what you believe. What it definitely isn’t is saying sorry over and over when asked about my faith.
Why do apologetics? Because the Bible actually commands us to. 1 Peter 3:15 states:
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;
And Jude 1:3 states:
Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.
When we look further into the Bible we find that Jesus, the Apostle Paul and the Apostle John all did apologetics along with many early church fathers such as Justin Martyr and Irenaeus.
You might be thinking that other than helping a non-believer to move closer to faith, which is of the utmost importance, what benefit will I get from apologetics? For starters, to be able to defend what one believes, one has to know exactly what it is that is believed. To defend what one believes, one will discover that there are reasonable and rational reasons to support the beliefs and that we haven’t just taken a “leap of faith” or have “blind faith”.
In addition, it also prepares us to recognize the false teachers yet to come as 2 Timothy 4:3 states:
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,
And, if we teach our children the basis for their faith in a way that they can defend it, then maybe, just maybe, we can reduce the three quarters of the Christian kids that walk away from their faith in college.

Please check back for Part II of this series: E=MC2
If you want to learn more about Christian Apologetic, here are some of my favorite websites: - Stand to Reason - Greg Koukl puts apologetics in “everyman’s” terms - Christian Apologetic & Research Ministry - has my favorite tagline: “Challenging believers to think and thinkers to believe”

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