It is an entirely reasonable question to ask someone, "Why do you believe what you believe?" That is also an entirely reasonable question to ask yourself. For the Christian, I believe that 1 Peter 3:15 means that our answer should not simply be, "just cause I do." Or, "cause my parents did." If someone asks you why you have hope, don't give them just a blank stare. For the occasional person who is truly seeking and wondering if there is anything to this faith beyond some nice metaphors and a social club, we owe it to them to have a better answer. When the difficulties of life would bring us doubts, we owe it to ourselves to really examine things, instead of ignoring the difficult questions by drowning them out with chatter and noise.
To have doubts without dealing with them, acknowledging them, looking them in the face is like having a relative die, ignoring it, and stuffing her in the closet. Without a proper burial (or without a resurrection), grandma is going to start smelling, and Febreeze ain't gonna cut it. To ignore the stench is denial, but for many people it is just business as usual. "Don't make me think too hard or bother with whether this stuff is actually true. Just give me some good singing on Sunday and I'm happy." – Daniel Richardson (excerpt from the essay, Why Apologetics?)
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