Why Apologetics?

by Luke Nix

First off, what is apologetics? Apologetics is providing a reasonable defense for my faith in Jesus Christ as my perpetual sacrifice that reestablishes my relationship with God.

Growing up in a Christian school, I was taught to completely ignore the culture of the world. “Don’t listen to the music- its evil! Don’t watch movies rated over PG- they contain bad language! Don’t go near philosophy- its of the devil! You can’t trust science- nature has been cursed! You can’t even trust your reasoning!” Summed up, as soon as you start thinking, you WILL be convinced that Christianity is false, and you’re on your way to hell- don’t try to use reason, JUST BELIEVE!!!

As I grew up, I started questioning this. I came across several verses that seemed to run contrary to this.

I started with Christ’s commandment before he ascended into heaven “…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt 28:19)

Then I came across Peter’s words, “…Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15)

Later I came across something else that Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matt 22:37), then I saw, “’Come now, let us reason together’ says the LORD.” (Isaiah 1:18) These two don’t seem to flow with what I was being taught. Why would Jesus tell us to use our mind and God tell us to reason (use our mind) if they can’t be trusted to find truth? And how could a Christian “give an answer…for the hope [he] has” that would make sense to someone searching for the Truth if they could not recognize truth when presented with it? If the unbeliever (all of us were once one) can’t recognize truth (because of the cursed mind) how could they (we) come to Christ of their own free will?

One of the things that I discovered was that the “blind faith” concept is actually not biblical. Pistis, the Greek word translated as “faith” actually is defined as a conviction based on the facts. “Without faith, it is impossible to please God” (Heb 11:6a) It would be impossible to please God unless our minds can accurately discern the facts…

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