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by John Mays
Have you ever heard the saying “you are putting the cart ahead of the horse?” Most have, but if not, it is an idiom meaning one is probably doing things in the wrong order. Yes, I know the next question, how do we know the correct order? Just go with me here, it is only an example for this particular blog. Anyway, now that we have that cleared up, what does the cart and horse have to do with one coming before two? I am glad you ask!
Over the next few weeks, I will be writing about the verses used, from the Bible, to support Christian apologetics. To avoid being accused of “cherry picking” scripture, I plan to give numerous examples, both from the Old and New Testaments, of individuals applying apologetic principles as well. Everyone does apologetics, some just better than others. Thus my prayer in these writings will be to provide a better understanding of the scripture, explain the examples, and to provide evidence that apologetics are not only Biblical, but commanded of all Christians.
Matthew 22:37, ah, you thought I would start with 1 Peter 3:15, is written during an exchange between first, the Sadducees and Jesus, followed by our verse, the Pharisees and Jesus. Both groups are attempting to “stump” Jesus with their questions and hypothetical situations. Starting with verse 34, “When the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they came together. 35 And one of them, an expert in the law, asked a question to test Him: 36 Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest? 37 He said to them, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the greatest and most important command.” The answer Jesus gave comes from Deuteronomy 6:5. The difference being instead of the word strength, according to Matthew’s gospel, Jesus uses the word mind. Other gospels, and some translations, use both strength and mind. The point being, the word mind. The first and greatest commandment, according to Jesus Himself, is to love God with all of our mind. Why? Because your heart won’t accept what your mind doesn’t believe!
I was recently watching a video of Dr. Voddie Baucham, speaking at Dallas Theological Seminary, on apologetics. He stated, if we don’t get the first and greatest, we can never get the second…
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