Ten Quotes From The Poached Egg Editor
While apologetics and evangelism are two different things, they go together hand in hand, and anyone who takes the time to learn apologetics is going to be better equipped for both personal and public evangelism.
Whether Christianity is true or not (or any truth claim for that matter) does not depend on whether or not someone believes it, or if anyone believes it. Something is true or not true regardless of my perception or personal preference. There was a time in my life when I did not want it to be true because if it was, then it had serious implications on my life. I have embraced Christianity for many years now, and I not only believe that it’s true, but I also want it to be true more than anything else in the world.
The study of apologetics had given me more confidence in my faith that I never thought possible. It has given me more confidence in sharing my faith with others, and it has also deepened my relationship with Christ, because when you can no longer ignore the stark reality of Jesus Christ, you can no longer be apathetic about your relationship with him.
Clergy, teachers, scientists, scholars, youth leaders, and everyday Joe Christian like you and me are joining the apologetics movement and recruiting others along the way. The movement is taking place online, on high school and college campuses, in churches, the community, and in the home. Apologetics helps strengthen the Body of Christ while giving us better tools for evangelism in our everyday lives. Christians are beginning to realize that apologetics is essential to every aspect of Christian living and for developing a biblical and Christ centered worldview.
Regular dialogue with skeptics can sometimes become tiresome, and in my weariness I just want to throw up my hands and say, “Go to hell for all I care—you deserve it anyway!” But I’m stopped short when I’m reminded that I myself am deserving of no less than the same, and that it is only because of the love, mercy, and grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, that I’m not consigned to that fate. I pray that God will grant me patience, perseverance, and the ability to love like Jesus, through whom he demonstrated (proved) his love towards me, by paying the price for the insurmountable debt that I owed (Romans 5:8). May he grant me his enduring strength to withstand the temptation to give in and give up—and to maintain my post at the edge of the chasm, continually waving the warning flags and shouting at the top of my lungs that “the bridge is out!”—until he has decided that my work here is done and calls me home.
Saying that you don’t believe in God because you don’t like what the Bible says is like saying that you don’t believe in George Lucas because you didn’t like Star Wars.
Ministry doesn’t have to be complicated and it doesn’t have to take place in the church. Ministry can be something as simple as raking the leaves for your elderly neighbor or being a good friend to someone who needs one—all you have to do is look for a need, and then fill it. Ministry is an act of worship–when we offer of ourselves in service to others it is an act of worship to God.
Don’t let yourself become burdened down by mistakes and regrets of the past. If you have faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins, then as Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Exactly how far is the east from the west? I don’t know at all, but I do know that if you travel north as far as you can go, you will eventually start travelling south. But if you travel east as far as you can go, you will never reach the end of east, and if you travel west as far as you can go you will never reach the end of west. Running into the arms of Christ is a much shorter journey than running away from them.
It is not only reasonable to question when it comes to matters of faith, but also responsible. If we are not open to investigating dogmatic sacred or secular beliefs, whether they be our own or those of others, and placing them under scrutiny, then we are destined to be tossed about on the waves of popular opinion and become potential victims of those wolves in sheep’s clothing who prey on the ignorance of others.