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By Timothy W. Massaro
Living in a secular age means living with our faith being contested. We are surrounded by people who believe and act differently from us. We must not take for granted the faith handed down by our parents. In fact, statistics show that those who merely have a faith that is passed down to them end up losing it if they never come to accept the faith’s claims for themselves. Here are three reasons apologetics is beneficial to Christians and non-Christians alike:
1. Apologetics explains Christianity to a modern audience.
Apologetics seeks to unpack the claims of the Christian faith in light of its historical evidence and give a reason for the hope within us (1 Pet. 3:15). Modern arguments against religion must be answered if Christians are to have a clear conscience concerning what they believe and why they believe it. It also has benefits for unbelievers. The Holy Spirit uses historical arguments and evidences for Christianity in real discussions to bring people to faith in Christ (Acts 17:22–31).
Christians should answer the many objections, misconceptions, distortion of facts, and excuses as part of their witness, as the apostles did in the first century. Believers should become informed in doctrine, the history of their faith, philosophy, logic, and other disciplines as they relate to Christianity broadly and the gospel specifically. These tools must be used wisely and graciously, so that the way to faith in Jesus can become clear for every generation (Eph. 4:29).
2. Apologetics exposes the unbelief in human hearts.
No one wants to be told that they are sinners or that they actively seek ways to distort the truth of God that is seen all around them (Rom. 1:18–32). Yet, our self-centered hearts seek to create elaborate systems and worldviews that try to make sense of reality, so that our minds aren’t confronted with a terrible truth…
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